"Thou Art the Christ"
FAIR Faithful Resources for Come, Follow Me 2023 April 10-16. Matthew 15-17; Mark 7-9: “Thou Art the Christ.” Find answers to difficult questions to help you in your learning and teaching. Here is a collection of reliable resources to supplement your study of Matthew 15-17; Mark 7-9. FAIR Resources link to relevant questions which have been answered on the FAIR website. Under Church Resources you’ll find links to the different Come, Follow Me manuals, as well as other helpful links as applicable. Other Resources link to resources outside of FAIR that are trustworthy and helpful.
Main points to ponder
Christ promised to give Peter the “keys of the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 16:19). What are priesthood keys? Why do we need them? Consider the Savior’s promise in Matthew 16:13–19 and its fulfillment in Matthew 17:1–9; Mark 9:2–9 (see also Joseph Smith Translation, Mark 9:3 [in Mark 9:4, footnote a]).
Other resources to help you learn about priesthood keys include Doctrine and Covenants 65:2; 107:18–20; 110:11–16; 128:9–11; “Keys of the Priesthood” and Elder Gary E. Stevenson’s message “Where Are the Keys and Authority of the Priesthood?,” See also Dallin H. Oaks, “The Melchizedek Priesthood and the Keys,”; Bible Dictionary, “Transfiguration, Mount of.”
Faithful Resources on the FAIR website:
- If the Church is built on revelation, why does it change?
- Is universal apostasy impossible?
- Question: Why was a priesthood restoration by the “laying on of hands” required?
- Question: What criticisms are put forth regarding the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood?
- Question: In what manner was the Aaronic Priesthood restored?
- Question: In what manner was the Melchizedek Priesthood restored?
- Question: What is the date of the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood?
- Question: Where was the Melchizedek Priesthood restored?
- Question: Why did several years pass before Oliver talked about the priesthood restoration?
- Question: Why do Mormons use the Aaronic Priesthood, since Hebrews 7 states that the Aaronic/Levitical Priesthood was “changed” to the unique priesthood “after the order of Melchizedek” held by Jesus Christ?
- Question: Why do women not hold priesthood offices in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
- Question: Did Joseph Smith intend to ordain women to the priesthood?
- Question: Why are there no women prophets in the church today?
- Women, Men, and Priesthood Power
- FAIR Voice Podcast #28: Valerie Hudson on Women and the Priesthood
- “Daughters of Christ”: Finding Language to Talk about Women and Priesthood
- Articles of Faith 4: Valerie Hudson on the Current Discourse on Women and the Priesthood by Ballard, Dew, and Oaks
- What I hope we will teach our daughters (and sons) about the priesthood
If Jesus Christ asked people today, “Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am?” what might they say? How would you respond if Jesus asked you, “Whom say ye that I am?” (See Matthew 16:13–15.)
Ponder your testimony of the Savior and how you received it. What do you learn from Matthew 16:15–17 that could strengthen it? If you would like to learn more about testimony and personal revelation, explore these scriptures: John 15:26; 2 Nephi 31:17–18; Alma 5:45–48; and Doctrine and Covenants 8:2–3.
SHORT CLIPS FROM THE CHOSEN
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SHORT CLIPS FROM SEEKING JESUS
Short clips from the “Seeking Jesus Course” (John Hilton III) connected to this week’s readings.
“But Whom Say Ye That I Am?”
Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like to be in the ancient Apostles’ shoes, having the Savior there before me and witnessing the miracles He performed. Despite seeing all these things, each of the Apostles still had to come to know the Savior and gain a witness of who He is. In Matthew 16:15, Christ asks Simon Peter, “But whom say ye that I am?” He replied, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” and Christ told him, “Blessed art thou . . . for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”1
As I began this year, one of the goals I made was to work on developing a closer relationship with my Savior through better scripture study. I had found that I needed to change up the way I was studying so I could make it more meaningful with the purpose to come to know Him just a bit more. As I have done this, I have noticed that my ability to recognize and receive revelation has increased. I find answers to questions I have everywhere—in my classes, in the scriptures, in college devotionals, and in Wilford Woodruff’s writings.
Wilford Woodruff has said, “We are all dependent upon the Lord, upon his holy Spirit, and upon the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ for instruction, for light and knowledge, such as is calculated to edify, encourage, sustain and aid us in magnifying our callings in this life.”2 Much like Peter and the other Apostles had to come to know Christ as He is, we also need to learn who He is and learn to rely on Him. As we truly seek to know who Christ is by reading our scriptures, praying, and seeking personal revelation, we will come to know Him individually, and we will invite His guidance, power, and protection into our lives.
1. Matthew 16:15–17
2. Discourse by Wilford Woodruff, April 22, 1860, The Wilford Woodruff Papers,
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