The Parables

In the Bible Dictionary read the first three paragraphs under the entry “Parables” (pgs. 740-41). In your own words, write a definition of a parable.

A story that can relate to anyone with all levels of faith and intelligence. For those not willing to learn, they will get nothing out of it.

Read the following parables: parable of the tares (Matthew 13:24-30); parables of the mustard seed and the leaven (Matthew 13:47-50); parables of the treasure and the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:44-46) parable of the gospel net (Matthew 13:47-50). Next to each of the following questions write the name of the parable that best answers that question.

What describes the future growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

parable of the tares

Why does the Church send out so many missionaries?

Parable of the net.

How do you explain the remarkable growth of the Church, considering that it is fairly new compared to most world religions and started small in the American frontier?

Parable of the treasure and the pearl of great price.

 

Why are some members of the Church willing to sacrifice so much worldly wealth and recognition in order to maintain membership in the Church?

Parable of the treasure and the pearl of great price.

 

Why do some Church members choose to leave the Church?

Parable of the sower.

 

Considering the parables of the treasure and the pearl of great price (see Matthew 13:44-46), what sacrifices would you be willing to make to obtain the treasure of the gospel? What sacrifices have you or those you know already made for the gospel?

I know many people who sacrifice family for the gospel.  I have made a sacrifice to being school again and finish my degree through BYU-I.  I sacrifice my time doing my callings and serving in the temple. I also sacrifice paying my tithing but know I am blessed in return.

 

What does the net represent in the parable of the net cast into the sea? (See Matthew 13:47). What does it mean to be gathered into the net? What is represented by the action of gathering the good into vessels and casting the bad away? (See Matthew 13:48-50).

The net is the gospel or the gathering of Israel. The action of gathering the good and casting away the bad is right before the second coming, when the wicked shall be burned and the righteous saved or gathered into vessels.

 

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