My Encounters with Thomas S. Monson

Late last night the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, passed away at age 90. In my life, I had three personal encounters with him.

Moses 1: A Model for Self-Understanding

As many turn to the study of the Old Testament in 2018, Moses 1 is a common starting point. It serves as an introduction to Genesis, which is an introduction to the whole message of the Hebrew scriptures. Moses 1 also has much to say about how we view and understand ourselves—in fact, it can serve as a model for how we might view our own lives in relation to God's plan for us.

The Final Public Words of Jesus

In Matthew's gospel, Jesus gave his final public teachings in chapters 21 through 23, shortly after arriving in Jerusalem just ahead of the Passover celebration. Matthew structured these teachings as three parables of judgment followed by four interactions. These seven pericopes represent a perfect final public engagement before turning his time solely to his disciples.