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The Savior's Final Week: The Ten Virgins

On this day many parables were taught: the parables of the sheep and goats, talents, wicked husbandmen, wedding of kings son, the widows mite,   and the ten virgins.   For references to those parables. {click here} The Parable of the Ten Virgins has always intrigued me T This parable  teaches us about how to prepare wisely to meet the  Lord at His Second Coming. Matthew 25:1-13 “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins ” ( v. 1 ). The ten virgins , “represent those church members who are looking for the Bridegroom to come; and the oil-filled lamps are symbolic of the Holy Spirit which lights the way before the saints.” -Elder Bruce R MConkie “And five of them were wise, and five were foolish” ( v. 2 ).  This parable is not about “good and bad, not righteous and wicked, but wise and foolish . That is, all of them have accepted the invitation to meet the Bridegroom; all are members of the Church … but only five are valiant ther

Easter Week: Triumphal Entry

John notes, “On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, “Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.            “And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt” ( John 12:12–15 ; emphasis added). The triumphal entry, remembered today on Palm Sunday, provides a joyful prelude to the many sad events that would intervene between this point and the miracle of the empty tomb. It represents one of the few times during His mortal ministry when Jesus was recognized as the king He is. However, the triumphal entry also serves as a symbol of Jesus’s Second Coming, allowing us to look forward to the day when He will return in glory and all will accept Him as king. O Jerusalem Luke 19:41-43    

Easter Week: Mary Washes the Savior's Feet

On the 6th day, Jesus was at the home of Mary and Martha in Bethany for  a feast.  On this day, Mary the sister of Lazarus, washed the feet of Jesus with spikenard, an expensive oil, and her hair. She knew His time was at hand and this was her last service to the Savior while He was still with her. Like Mary, I wish I could have a moment with the Savior, to touch His feet, and wash His feet even with my hair.  From April 2009 Ensign Reflections of the Saviors Last Week John 12:1–9 recounts that Martha served a special dinner to Jesus, some of His disciples, and her brother, Lazarus, who had recently been raised from the dead, before the Master entered Jerusalem for His final week. During the course of the meal, Lazarus’s other sister, Mary, anointed Jesus’s feet. Judas Iscariot rebuked her for wasting the precious ointment in this way, but the Lord commended Mary, connecting this anointing with His coming death and burial. Matthew 26:6–13 and Mark 14:3–9 p