How did Jesus Learn?

How did Jesus learn? We are learning how he taught with the Sunday School class, “Teaching the Savior’s Way.” While attending that class I had the thought, “How did Jesus learn?” The first thing that came to mind was that he “continued from grace to grace until he received a fullness.” (D&C 93:13) What does “grace to grace” mean? Are there other ways Jesus learns?

Here are a few ways:

  • He “continued from grace to grace, until he received a fullness.” (D&C 93:13)

  • Jesus Christ learned “obedience by the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8)

  • Jesus learned a little at a time: “It is not wisdom that we should have all knowledge at once presented before us; but that we should have a little at a time; then we can comprehend it” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith[2007], 268). And I, John, saw that [Jesus] received not of the fullness at the first, but received grace for grace (D&C 93:12)

  • He sought “learning even by study and also by faith” (D&C 109:7)

  • Jesus learned and grew in grace and in the knowledge of God (2 Peter 3:18)

  • He was proven to see if he would all everything commanded him (Abraham 3:25)

  • He experienced and worked through the struggle, sorrow, and joys which improved his learning ability. (Moses 4:22-23)

  • Jesus was taught by both his earthly and heavenly father! (he was homeschooled and learned several languages)

  • He endured through hardships: He “endure it well” (D&C 121:8) and “all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.” (D&C 122:7)

  • He was motivated to learn because of his love for Father

How do you learn? Is it the same way Jesus learned? Are you helping your children learn in this manner?

Ancient Stories with a Modern Message

Do you attend Church Educational Service (CES) classes? I use to attend them all the time, but since my son’s big hospital visit ten years ago I haven’t been back until this semester and I’ve signed up for three, that’s right three! Two Old Testament and Life of Christ and I can’t get enough, I’m loving every minute. I’m learning new ways to look at the Old and New Testament, mostly how to apply the lesson to our day. I’ve been pleasantly impressed with the quality of lessons we’ve had thus far and how each teacher is uniquely different.

For those of you who don’t and can’t attend I will add a learning experience with you each week.

 

Eve taught us a great lesson when she ate the fruit. After eating she immediately recognized she had made a mistake and took action to resolve it  by working to get her and Adam out of the garden. Eve taught us how to respond to sin.

 


Satan lies to us to get us to interrupt or tear down our families. Mortality hinges on family, anything that breaks up the family is of Satan.


Once Eve took the fruit and learned good from evil and understood the consequence, she had to convince Adam. The language and dialog are brilliant. “Do you want to keep all of God’s commandments?” “I’m leaving and you’ll be left alone in the garden.” Adam knew what it was like to be alone and he chose to go with Eve to fulfill the other commandments to have children and become like God.


Have you ever felt like God was keeping something from you? This is Satan’s plan. He implied that God was keeping something from Eve, “don’t you want to know good and evil and become like the gods?” Think of it like sex. God asks us not to have sex until we are married. God asks Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit now, it was for another time. He was not keeping anything from them. He was only saying, “Not yet!” He is establishing the Pattern of Agency and Choice, the process of the Gospel.


The beginning of our exaltation began with Adam and Eve. Adam left his parents and “cleaved” unto Eve, his equal helpmeet and began our human family. Just as we and our children must leave our parents to cleave to our spouse.


The Adamic covenant is the same as the Abrahamic covenant and the same covenant we keep – to multiply and replenish the earth, to have families, to gather in the righteous, etc. Keep the covenant alive!


Ever feel slighted for your efforts? Ever feel like Cain, when God did not accept his offering? Check your heart, with what type of heart did you preform your last sacrifice? Lesson from Cain – Make your sacrifices with a soft, faithful, believing heart.


Why are there so many “begats” in the Old Testament? Why is it important to me, today? Begat means “ordained by…” They were recording their priesthood lineage. Lesson from “begat” – Stick to the covenant line!


Noah was mocked and teased for building the ark. What are we building and being mocked for? In today’s world we look strange when we build our family with God.


Noah took years building an ark in the middle of a continent working on it a little at a time. What simple things are we being asked to do that is like building an ark?


God has asked many to escape the world – Noah with an ark, Nephi with a boat, the Jaredites in barges, the pioneers with handcarts, Moses on foot, etc. God asked them to move from that which was destroying the covenant, not hide from the world. God removed them to purify them, allow them time to grow their testimonies so they could return and be the leaven or salt of the earth. Your testimonies are the salt, pour it on, there is never too much in today’s world.


The Tower of Babel was a symbol of the people trying to find their own way to heaven. We don’t build towers to create our own paths, we build temples of protection, chapels of instruction, homes of refuge and families surrounded by the power of the spirit that withdraws from evil and follows God’s path.


The Tower of Babel was a symbol of the people trying to find their own way to heaven. In what ways are you trying to find your own way to heaven? There are millions of reasons not to go to church and only ONE reason to go ~ to keep the covenant ALIVE! Covenants bind us together.


The Tower of Babel was not finished because God confused the languages. The church speaks the language of the gospel. Go out, gather others, and speak the unified language of the Lord.


Did God confuse their language because they built a tall building? NO! It was because they were turning away from their covenants and making their own path. We each have our own unique way back to God, but is His, the ONE way! Satan has many ways away from God which do you choose?


 

Lighten Up!

What comes to mind when you hear “Lighten Up?” I’m not using this term in the sense that someone is placing too much emphasis on a trivial matter or has their priorities out of whack. I’m using it in reference to:

Jesus is the LIGHT of the World. Look up to Christ and bask in his sonlight.

Homeschooling our children is a big deal. It deserves heartfelt attention. If we try to do it in our own strength, we may become “too tense.” We need to give our efforts “a rest.” If we feel called to teach our children, and we are, then we need to “Lighten Up!” that calling with the idea that it’s not a chore, but a blessing, a gift Christ is giving us.

Satan wants to steal, cheat and lie. Don’t listen to him. He doesn’t want our children to learn God’s Glory. If he can worm his way in with doubts, comparisons, and reminders of past mistakes, this can cloud our attitude. Don’t let him.

Lighten Up!

Over the next few weeks in this blog, on our video podcasts, and in a live class, I will be teaching ways to “Lighten Up!” and give our efforts “a rest” and allow God to be the teacher for both you and your children. I hope you will join me.

Theology

It is fun to see a child understand a new concept, but it is more rewarding to see them make connections to heaven and increase their spiritual education. Joseph Smith said, “There is no knowledge, no learning that can compensate the individual for the loss of his belief in heaven and in the saving principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. An education that leads a man from these central truths cannot compensate him for the great loss of spiritual things.” (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:321-322.)

Keeping this in mind I taught my children with a visual aid of a tree.

Parley P. Pratt in his book, Key to the Science of Theology, said, “All that is useful, great and good, all that is calculated to sustain, comfort, instruct, edify, purify, refine or exalt intelligences, originated by this science [of Theology] and this science alone, all other sciences being but branches growing out of this root.”

I drew a tree with a large trunk and eight branches. I taught them that all learning “grows out” of Theology, the study and belief in God. We then labeled the trunk Theology and each of the branches a different subject of learning. I then asked them what they thought the roots could represent. After much discussion we came to the conclusion that the roots represented correct principles of the gospel, the word and laws of God.

Over the next fifteen years this concept has grown tremendously in our home. We even commissioned an artist, my mom, to paint us a friendly tree with eight branches that hangs in our living room.

Over the next several months we are dedicating our live video podcasts to sharing with you what we have learned from this experience in hopes that it will assist you in your homes.

Providence

What is your lot in life?

Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do? Why you? I do.

I have a friend suffering with stage 4 cancer and fighting for her life. I keep asking myself why her, why now, why does she have to suffer so much? Is it really her lot in life?

I decided I’d look up the word ‘lot‘ and find out what that meant. Of course, I turned to the 1828 dictionary and read “that which is the determination of providence; the part…that falls to one by divine determination.” What is providence then? Providence is “the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures.” I actually find comfort in that. My friends cancer is providence, a lesson God is teaching her and all the rest of us a lesson that will bring us closer to him. Our job is to find that lesson and grow from it even though it is painful.

I’ve noticed that there are not many movies, books or music that refers to providence as there use to be in the early 1900’s. My daughter and I just watched all the Anne of Green Gable movies over the Christmas vacation. They are filled with the belief in God, that his hand of providence is guiding them. Why doesn’t the world acknowledge and trust in God any more?

I am reminded of the two examples from the Book of Mormon about 200 B.C. One, Amulon is given permission to teach the Lamanites how to read and write in the Nephite language (see Mosiah 24:1). Alma taught the new converts how to read and write too, but he added the reverence of God within his teachings. The consequences are drastically different! They both began to flourish, opportunities were opened up, both increased in riches and wisdom.  The Nephites “did multiply and prosper exceedingly in the land” and “they built a city” (Mosiah 23:20) and “Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.” (Mosiah 24:15) On the other hand, the Lamanites delighted in wickedness and plundering (Mosiah 24:7).

So, back to my other question. Why don’t I teach, write, acknowledge and trust more in providence? Why don’t I only entrust teachers of my children who teach providence? Do I not want the results of my children bearing their burden with ease? Be cheerful? Have patience? To prosper and build cities?

I know you are the choir and that you teach about God’s hand throughout all of history, literature, time, music, etc.  I am re-committing myself to do better at finding, pointing out and seeking for Providence, evidence of God’s hand in all the details of learning so that my ‘lot’ in life will be one filled with the awareness of Christ’s hand in the little things, in all things.

 

You miss a lot when you don’t believe
little things mean a lot.

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