New Testament
Lesson 42
Pure Religion

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand the characteristics we should develop to live our religion more fully.

Scripture references for study:  James
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Lesson 42 Handout (PDF)


It is interesting to note that Martin Luther tore the Book of James out of his Bible.

Who are the possible authors?

The Book Of James

READ JOSEPH SMITH-HISTORY 1:8-14. If any of you lack wisdom.

"A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." (James 1:8)

James teaches that we should be "swift to hear, slow to speak" (James 1:19).

James continues by saying that we should be "slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." (James1:19-20)

READ JAMES 1:22-25. Be ye doers of the word.

READ JAMES 2:1-9. Judging others.

READ JAMES 2:14-26. Faith without works is dead.

READ JAMES 4:1-6. Effects of lust and envy.

READ JAMES 5:7-16. Be patient to the coming of the Lord.

"Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." (James 5:19-20)

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the teachins of James. What counsel from James do you need to incorporate in your life? How will you do that?

Resources Used In This Lesson Feds Charge Forestry Worker With Starting Fire.

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie.

Faith Precedes the Miracle by Spencer W. Kimball.

Gospel Doctrine by Joseph F. Smith.

How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

Man May Know for Himself: Teachings of President David O. McKay.

Studies in Scripture, Vol. 6: Acts to Revelation edited by Robert L. Millet.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball.

The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.

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