Chapter 9 Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith
The Elders Quorum president passed around mints in a vitamin bottle. He said it was a symbol of scripture study. He said you need to take it daily, with or without food.
He listed the benefits of taking it (reading scriptures) daily and the side effects of not taking it daily.
2 Nephi 33:4
4 And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people. And the words which I have written in weakness will be made strong unto them; for it persuadeth them to do good; it maketh known unto them of their fathers; and it speaketh of Jesus, and persuadeth them to believe in him, and to endure to the end, which is life eternal.
The Book of Mormon helps clarify misunderstood doctrines in the Bible like, like how are we to be baptized and at what age and are men sinful from birth.
The Lord sent the serpents to bite the children of Israel. People often say that the Lord doesn't cause bad things to come upon people, because He is not mean, but here we see the chosen people having trials put upon them by the Lord.
He send trials upon us because he loves us. This life is for us to learn how to deal with trials and grow and be faithful inside the trial.
Some people would rather be bitter than do what needs to be done to find relief. Many of the Israelites would not do something even as simple as look at what Moses was holding up.
Moses wished that everyone was a prophet. Prophets receive revelation. The head of the Church is referred to as the prophet, but in reality he is a prophet, a seer, and a revelator.
“A prophet is a teacher of known truth; a seer is a perceiver of hidden truth, a revelator is a bearer of new truth. In the widest sense, the one most commonly used, the title, prophet, includes the other titles and makes of the prophet, a teacher, perceiver, and bearer of truth.” (John A Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, pp. 258–59.)
How was Miriam a prophetess? The Bible Dictionary defines prophetess as:
A woman who has received a testimony of Jesus and enjoys the spirit of revelation. A prophetess does not hold the priesthood or its keys. Though only a few women in the scriptures are called prophetesses, many prophesied, such as Rebekah, Hannah, Elisabeth, and Mary.
The atonement is more than just giving us the ability to repent. It also gives us strength to not do things that would cause us to have to repent.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.