Oct 3 2017 1 Nephi 16-18 by Kara Carlston

“Stand up to the light in yourself.

In each human being is a dignity that is often betrayed through indolence or neglect.  We fail to realize who we are and who we should be.”

Making Loss Matter by Rabbi David Wolpe, 114-15

“It is easy to live our lives bemoaning what is not instead of creating what might be.”

Making Loss Matter by Rabbi David Wolpe, 81

“We are held captive by our own selves. Our ideas of worthlessness and lack of self-esteem, by desire or greed or ignorance. Enslaved by notions of victimhood or entitlement. We fear change and cling to places and behaviors that are small and hurtful because letting go of them will mean facing something unknown.”   My Grandfather’s Blessings by Rachel Remen, 374

“The self has to be whittled away at. Parts of it have to be discarded in order for us to create a self that is worthy of the gifts we have been given.”  Making Loss Matter by Rabbi David Wolpe, 108

“It was the wandering in the wilderness that could teach people better than anything else what they needed most to learn: the feeling of absolute and complete dependence on God at all times for all they had and were. (Mosiah 4:21-30)”

Hugh Nibley, An Approach to the Book of Mormon, 137

“We are wanderers all. Children of the wilderness.” Making Loss Matter by Rabbi David Wolpe, 44

“Knowing one’s heart will – and should – be broken, is the beginning of wisdom.” Making Loss Matter by Rabbi David Wolpe, 7

Sept 26 2017 1 Nephi 11 – 15 Lesson 4 by Rebekah Ellsworth

“God hath not revealed anything to Joseph, but what He will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them” – Joseph Smith, Jr., History of the Church, 3:380

“The Spirit made explicit that the Tree of Life and its precious fruit are symbols of Christ’s redemption” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant: The Messianic Message of the Book of Mormon [1997], 160

“The tree of life . . . is the love of God (see 1 Nephi 11:25). The love of God for His children is most profoundly expressed in His gift of Jesus as our Redeemer: ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son’ ( John 3:16). To partake of the love of God is to partake of Jesus’ Atonement and the emancipations and joys which it can bring”  – Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Conference Report, Oct. 1999, 6; or Ensign, Nov. 1999, 8

“Warring Against the Saints of God,” Stephen E. Robinson, Ensign, January 1988