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A weekly dive into the content of the Come Follow Me curriculum. From his office on the 29th floor in Central Hong Kong, host Ben James leads listeners through a detailed review of the week’s lesson, providing helpful historical background, cultural context and doctrinal explanations to make the lesson more meaningful and relevant. It’s like having Sunday School taught every week by a teacher that is really well prepared and thoughtful...while you are in your pajamas!

A weekly dive into the content of the Come Follow Me curriculum. From his office on the 29th floor in Central Hong Kong, host Ben James leads listeners through a detailed review of the week’s lesson, providing helpful historical background, cultural context and doctrinal explanations to make the lesson more meaningful and relevant. It’s like having Sunday School taught every week by a teacher that is really well prepared and thoughtful...while you are in your pajamas!

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Hong Kong

Description:

A weekly dive into the content of the Come Follow Me curriculum. From his office on the 29th floor in Central Hong Kong, host Ben James leads listeners through a detailed review of the week’s lesson, providing helpful historical background, cultural context and doctrinal explanations to make the lesson more meaningful and relevant. It’s like having Sunday School taught every week by a teacher that is really well prepared and thoughtful...while you are in your pajamas!

Language:

English


Episodes

Come Follow Me for Feb 17 to 23 - 2 Nephi 11-25

2/16/2020
Discussion of Second Nephi’s Isaiah chapters! Nephi sets the scene for Isaiah’s teachings in chapter 11, in which he testifies of Christ, teaching that all things are the “typifying” of Christ, Christ makes possible the Plan of Salvation, and if there is no Christ there is no God. In the 13 chapters that are nearly the same as portions of The Book of the Prophet Isaiah in our KJV Bible, we learn about the children of Israel (which means “to struggle with God”) and their dynamic and active...

Duration:01:07:22

Come Follow Me for Feb 10 to 16 - 2 Nephi 6-10

2/9/2020
Discussion of the teachings of Jacob, the fifth son of Lehi. He begins by reminding the Nephites that they are part of the House of Israel and thus the Lord’s covenant people and eligible to receive great blessings. The greatest blessing we can receive is salvation in the Kingdom of God, which is to be our eternal land of inheritance, made possible by the atonement of Jesus Christ. However, in order to qualify for those blessings, Jacob emphasizes the importance of humility and not relying...

Duration:01:08:42

Come Follow Me for Feb 3 to 9 - 2 Nephi 1-5

2/2/2020
Lehi’s discussion of agency and our choice as to which law we wish to be subject to. On our own, we are all subject to natural law, which is without life or progression or meaning, and inevitably leads to separation from God and misery. In opposition to natural law, Christ put in operation the law of the Gospel through His atonement, and if we choose to follow Christ and enter into a covenant relationship with him, then He will intercede on our behalf and His Gospel will supersede the...

Duration:01:08:25

Come Follow Me for Jan 27 to Feb 2 - 1 Nephi 16-22

1/26/2020
Lehi and is family are instructed to leave the Valley of Lemuel, but on the morning of their departure the Lord give them the Liahona, which as long as they are faithful and diligent will lead them in the more fertile parts of the land. Nephi breaks his bow but due to his faithfulness and diligence is able to find food for his family. The Lord instructs Nephi to build a ship and he chides his brothers for not being faithful and diligent. After arriving in the promised land, Nephi teaches his...

Duration:01:05:48

Come Follow Me for Jan 20 to 26 - 1 Nephi 11-15

1/19/2020
Discussion of Nephi’s account of the vision of the Tree of Life, including connections between his vision, the temple and Christmas trees. The meaning of other symbolism in the vision is also discussed, including the two “churches,” or competing philosophies. We are each responsible to inquire of God as to the meaning of the things in this vision and how we individually are to return to the presence of God.

Duration:01:09:23

Come Follow Me for Jan 13 to 19 - 1 Nephi 8-10

1/12/2020
Discussion of Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life, which symbolizes the spiritual journey each of us must travel along. This tree, which represents the love of God available in His presence, is the same tree that was in the Garden of Eden and which Adam and Eve were prevented from eating after they had fallen because it was necessary for them to first repent and prepare before they could return to be with God. The cares of the world offer hollow distractions which may tempt us to lose focus on...

Duration:01:03:49

Come Follow Me for Jan 6 to 12 - 1 Nephi 1-7

1/5/2020
Discussion of the first seven chapters of 1st Nephi, including background of the situation in Jerusalem at the time. The first chapter in the book is an ideal way to start The Book of Mormon, in part because of the parallels between the experiences of Lehi and the Prophet Joseph Smith. We review the events in the remain chapters, concluding with the way in which the Lord delivers Nephi from his brothers by comparing it to the way in which He delivers us from our sins and afflictions.

Duration:01:01:37

Come Follow Me for Dec 30 to Jan 5 - Introduction to The Book of Mormon

12/29/2019
Discussion of the introductory passages of The Book of Mormon. I provide some high level thoughts as to how we as Latter-day Saints should approach The Book of Mormon by focusing on thoughts presented in the introduction passages themselves. We highlight the two histories that we must consider in order to take The Book of Mormon seriously, namely the history presented in the record itself and the history of it coming forth in the latter-days. The conclusion is, the fact that we have the book...

Duration:00:57:39

Come Follow me for December 23-29 - Revelation 12-22

12/22/2019
Discussion of the second half of the Book of Revelation, in which I go through each chapter discussing generally what is described, what the main symbolism is understood to mean and how these chapters all tie together. I also include some high-level take-aways from John’s vision, what it means to us in the latter-days and how we should understand and apply this important vision to our lives and testimonies. I apologize that the audio in the second half isn’t ideal, but I believe it is clear...

Duration:01:05:02

Come Follow Me for December 9-15 - Revelation 1-11

12/8/2019
Discussion of the first half of the Book of Revelation. In this lesson we go through details of the recorded events and discuss some of their potential interpretations. The purpose is to become familiar with the story as it is laid out, discuss some common interpretations and develop enough of an understanding that the Spirit can teach us what we need to learn.

Duration:01:07:20

Come Follow Me for December 2-8 - 1, 2 and 3 John and Jude

12/1/2019
Discussion of the general epistles of John and Jude. I begin with a follow-up on last week’s discussion on the importance of establishing a Gospel framework that is workable for each of us individually and isn’t overburden with indefensible positions, while at the same time remembering that we walk by faith in this life and thus won’t have answers to all of our questions now. Discussion on the importance of light, which is a source of truth, life, and God’s power, and as we are brought into...

Duration:01:06:16

Come Follow Me for Nov 25-Dec 1 - 1 and 2 Peter

11/24/2019
Discussion of the first and second general epistles of Peter. Sorry, but this lesson is a bit long as there is a lot of great material to cover! Peter teaches that we are not redeemed by the things of the world, but by the precious blood of Christ. We are to be the “lively stones” used to build the temple of God in which we offer our sacrifices, and a royal priesthood through which we help others approach God. We are to always be ready to defend the faith, and I discuss how before we can...

Duration:01:15:35

Come Follow Me for Nov 18-24 - James

11/17/2019
Discussion of the General Epistle of James, who was the half-brother of the Savior. He admonishes the reader to rejoice when temptations and trials come because those lead to the chance to develop patience, or the type of testimony that is able to endure. We are also famously taught to ask God and pray in faith as we seek for wisdom, and James is more explicit that our prayers, learning and faith must be accompanied actions in order to lead to salvation. We also discuss the meaning of “true”...

Duration:01:04:26

Come Follow Me for Nov 11-17 - Hebrews 7-13

11/10/2019
A second discussion on the epistle to the Hebrews. The main thesis of Hebrews is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is superior to the Law of Moses and all other religions. Jesus Christ came to lead people back to the presence of the Father, while the Law of Moses was never intended to do this for the Jews. Priesthood power and the holy temple under the Law of Moses and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are contrasted in order to demonstrate the superiority of Christ. The importance of faith is also...

Duration:01:10:33

Come Follow Me for Nov 4-10 - Hebrews 1-6

11/3/2019
Discussion of a letter to the early Jewish converts to Christianity that is typically attributed to Paul. The letter was written to convince readers that Jesus Christ is the Jehovah of the Old Testament and His Gospel is superior to the Law of Moses. Christ descended below all things so that He could save us from death and succor us in our temptations. He can reach down to our level and perfectly relate to our weaknesses and challenges, and through the things he suffered he became perfect...

Duration:00:55:21

Come Follow Me for Oct 28-Nov 3 - 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon

10/27/2019
Discussion of Paul’s epistles to Timothy and Titus (known as the Pastoral Epistles) and to Philemon. 1st Timothy contains profound consul on how we can become more like our Heavenly Parents and Savior by increasing in charity, giving thanks for all of our blessings, studying and meditating upon eternal truths, faithfully serving others through church callings, and bridling our desire for wealth and other earthly idols. 2nd Timothy gives warning for problems that will come in the latter-days...

Duration:01:03:56

Come Follow Me for Oct 21-27 - 1 and 2 Thessalonians

10/19/2019
Discussion of Paul’s epistles to the Thessalonians. These epistles are some of the more personal that we have from Paul and he clearly cared deeply about these saints. While he was with them he labored for himself and went out of his way to express his love for them, and after he left them he never stopped worrying about them. This lesson includes a deep discussion about them meaning of the “living and true” God (1 Thes. 1:9) and what that might mean for our claims of being members of the...

Duration:00:59:27

Come Follow Me for Oct 14-20 - Philippians and Colossians

10/13/2019
Discussion of Paul’s epistles to the Philippians and the Colossians. These two letters contain powerful teachings about Jesus Christ, the Atonement, and our relationship with Him. As members of the body of Christ, we have the privilege of carrying out His will on earth, and we do so as we come unto Christ through ordinances. We must desire to give our hearts to God by giving away all of our sins and allowing the Spirit to circumcise our hearts. As we do so, we will act with charity, which is...

Duration:01:08:24

Come Follow Me for Sept 30-Oct 13 - Ephesians

9/30/2019
Discussion of Paul’s epistle to the saints in Ephesus. This letter contains powerful teachings about atonement and the purpose of the church. Through the grace made available by Jesus Christ, God gathers together all of His children, whether they be Jew or Gentile, into His church, which through their combined efforts and faith creates a temple that houses the Holy Ghost and serves as a safe haven for the Saints. The church is also an vehicle through which salvation is carried out, not only...

Duration:01:09:17

Come Follow Me for Sept 23-29 - Galatians

9/24/2019
Discussion of Paul’s epistle to the saints in Galatia. Paul comes down hard on those that embrace false doctrine, especially the teaching that Gentiles must first accept Judaism before accepting Christ. He teaches that freedom comes from accepting the Gospel, because unlike the Law of Moses which restricts us from doing bad things, the Gospel of frees us to do the right thing for the right reasons. We may each take different paths, or spiritual journeys before we arrive at Christ, but once...

Duration:01:05:01