Category Archives: Other New Testament Books

John 12:20-26 — another law of the harvest — LeGrand Baker

The brief story John tells here seems disjointed and asks questions that on first reading it does not seem to answer. The questions are: Who were the Greeks and why did they come to the Jewish Passover? Why did they … Continue reading

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John 12:12-15 — Jesus’s Triumphal Entry as an Acknowledgment of his Kingship — LeGrand Baker

Before he died, Jacob gave each of his 12 sons a patriarchal blessing. A description of Jesus’s kingship, his Triumphal Entry, his Atonement and second coming are all encoded in Judah’s blessing. 8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren … Continue reading

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John 11:1-5 & John 12:1-11, et al — The Women in the New Testament whom Jesus Knew and Loved — LeGrand Baker

John the Beloved payed special attention to the story of Lazarus and his two sisters Martha and Mary, telling us “Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus (John 11:1-5).” While these are the only women about whom we are … Continue reading

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John 8:12-69, Moses 5:18-26, Jude 1:3-6 — The Power of Jesus’s Words — LeGrand Baker

How literally should we understand the Savior’s accusation: “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.” In our egalitarian society, where “equality” is the cultural and political watchword, it is difficult to … Continue reading

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Moroni 10:8-18 — (part 2) — gifts of the Spirit — prophecy, angels, tongues, interpretation of tongues — LeGrand Baker

This is a continuation of Moroni 10:8-18 Like much of the scriptures, Moroni’s list of gifts may be understood in our every-day language like we might discuss it in Sunday School, or it might be read as having to do … Continue reading

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Moroni 10:8-18 — gifts of the Spirit — wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles in Moroni 10:8-18, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, D&C 46:8-33.– LeGrand Baker

Like much of the scriptures, Moroni’s list of gifts may be understood in our every-day language like we might discuss it in Sunday School, or it might be read as having to do only with priesthood authority and responsibility. That … Continue reading

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Ether 12:4-30 & Hebrews 11:1-27 – ‘faith’ as covenant – LeGrand Baker

Mormon and Moroni organized the Book of Mormon after the pattern of the ancient Israelite temple drama. {1} The book ends with a dramatic crescendo whose theme of faith, hope, and charity is repeated three times, in Ether 12, Moroni … Continue reading

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