“Come, Follow Me” – September 2022

 In Come, Follow Me

August 29 – September 4

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James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836-1902), Michel Simonidy (1870-1933), The Confidence of the Just, c. 1896-1904, gouache on board, 7 1/3 x 6 4/5 in, The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of the heirs of Jacob Schiff. On display in the Prophets, Priests, and Queens exhibition.

Sitting under the shade of the olive tree, a symbol of Christ, these three men enjoy peaceful study and contemplation. Their quiet confidence comes from knowing that they are where they’re meant to be, under the protection of their Savior.

As we encounter challenges, temptations, and reason to fear, we can find this same confidence by following the Lord. Ponder “the path of thy feet” (Proverbs 4:26). Are you where the Lord wants you to be? If not, how can you get there? As we take small steps toward the Savior, our confidence in Him will increase.

September 5 – 11

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Hermann Kaulbach (1846-1909), Ruhe auf de Flucht nach Ägypten (Rest on the Flight to Egypt), no date, oil on canvas, 75 1/2 x 59 1/2. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Diane Clark Husein, 2019. On display in the Of Souls and Sacraments exhibition.

When Mary and Joseph fled into Egypt with the young Christ child, their fear for the future was countered by hope. Here, this hope is symbolized by the light emanating from the Savior in an otherwise dark scene.

The light and hope of our Redeemer still extend to us today. Through the ongoing restoration of the gospel, the leadership of a living prophet, and our daily efforts to further God’s work in these latter days, we can experience this hope—even when our circumstances feel dark and scary.

(Studying Isaiah can be intimidating, so here’s a helpful tip. Ask yourself what you can learn about Christ through Isaiah’s words. His message always points back to the Savior.)

September 12 – 18

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Marbella C. Lane, The Sacred Grove, no date, oil on canvas, 39 7/8 x 36 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art.

Since the events that took place in the Sacred Grove, the Lord restored His church, His priesthood, and our ability to participate in authorized ordinances. This “marvellous work” (Isaiah 29:14) has given us both the opportunity to make covenants that help us grow, and to repent and change when we fall short.

The Lord can restore all things, including us. This healing balm offers us hope that all grief and trials will eventually end, and courage to take the steps toward repentance. Consider the ways the Lord has delivered you from sorrow, sin, and seasons of doubt.

September 19 – 25

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Mahonri M. Young (1877-1957), Woman Weeping, 1917, Plaster, 6 5/8 x 3 x 3 3/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.

President @russellmnelson testified in May 2022 that understanding our identity can comfort us (and help us comfort others) when in distress. The nametags we wear as children of God, children of the covenant, and disciples of Christ are powerful tools that help us navigate trials and temptations.

Our Savior also wears nametags that can bring us comfort. Among other things, He is “everlasting,” our “redeemer,” and “the holy one of Israel.” Studying these titles can help us grow closer to the Savior and will help us learn how to act as His hands to comfort others. Consider the people you know. Who might need to feel the Savior’s love? Ponder and pray for ways to help communicate that love.

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