128: The Annunciation of John and Jesus (NT Lesson 2)

“My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord”


Class Member Reading: Luke 1; Matthew 1

Scripture Chain: Prophecies about John the Baptist: Isaiah 40:3; 1 Nephi 10:7–10; Luke 1:13–17; Luke 1:67, 76–79

Other Reading: None


This episode explores

  • Sunday School
    • What we can learn from the examples of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph, and Mary
    • How can we have faith in God’s promises? How can we be prepared for answers to our prayers?
    • How can we graciously accept God’s will?
  • Scripture Study
    • What can we know about Joseph and Mary?
    • Jesus and John the Baptist
    • Scripture in later tradition
  • Study Notes
    • Appreciation for Mary
    • Jesus’ paternity


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)


Maxine and Kevin join the class





Thanks to James Estrada for postproduction and to Marshal McDonald for the new bumper!

Latest Comments

  1. Joseph Stanford says:

    Regarding Mary, I think it’s worth noting the original wording (1830) of 1 Ne 11:18:
    “Behold, the virgin which thou seest, is the mother of God, after the manner of the flesh.”


  2. Joseph Stanford says:

    Question: can anyone point me to a good resource to explore consistency or inconsistency between the lineage of Jesus and of John (supposed to be cousins at some level)? As a priest, Zacharias would have been a Levite, and most likely married to a Levite. Jesus’ given lineage is of Judah.


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