Genesis 41

Genesis 41:1 at the end of two full years... Pharaoh dreamed
"Dreams once again became a pivotal point in Joseph's life... Pharaoh also had dreams; can we doubt that they were to prepare a people for a coming calamity? They revealed God's hand at work in the affairs of men in order that he could perform his will in their behalf. Pharaoh's dream was a small but integral part of the unfolding drama in the history of Israel as foreseen before the foundation of this world by an all-knowing Heavenly Father. Since the beginning, he has had purposes and designs for his children, a mission for Israel, and a special call for Joseph." (Kent P. Jackson and Robert L. Millet, eds., Studies in Scripture, Vol. 3: Genesis to 2 Samuel [Salt Lake City: Randall Book, 1985], 68)
Genesis 41:2 seven well favoured kine
Kine is another word for cattle.
Genesis 41:36 that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine
"As we strive to care for ourselves and our families, one of our greatest challenges is to find peace in the midst of an uncertain future. We may have the basic necessities of life today, but what about tomorrow? The prophets have urged us to live providently-in other words, to live in a way that will provide the necessities of life not only today, but tomorrow as well.
"The wisdom of living providently has been recognized since ancient times. Joseph encouraged the Egyptians to store grain during the seven 'fat' years against the lean years that would come. (See Gen. 41:28-36.) From the ancient Greek storyteller Aesop comes a fable about the ant and the grasshopper, which illustrates in a very simple way the principle of provident living. In time of plenty, the grasshopper took no thought for what he might need when the winter came. But the ant worked busily, preparing and providing for a time when food would not be so plentiful. The ant could look to the future with confidence, while the grasshopper-if he thought about the future at all-could only hope for the best.
"But living providently is more than just putting aside food for future need. It encompasses all areas of life. If we want to face the future with confidence and peace of mind, we must prepare ourselves in six areas: literacy and education, career development, financial and resource management, home production and storage, physical health, and social-emotional and spiritual strength. When we strive to prepare in these areas, we can enjoy peace of mind as we face the uncertainties of the future.
"Sister Barbara W. Winder, general president of the Relief Society, says that 'provident living includes the prudent, frugal use of one's resources, making provision for the future as well as providing wisely for current needs.'" ("Provident Living: A Way of Life," Ensign, Aug. 1987, 35)
Spencer W. Kimball
There are in our lives reservoirs of many kinds. Some reservoirs are to store water. Some are to store food, as we do in our family welfare program and as Joseph did in the land of Egypt during the seven years of plenty. There should also be reservoirs of knowledge to meet the future needs; reservoirs of courage to overcome the floods of fear that put uncertainty in lives; reservoirs of physical strength to help us meet the frequent burdens of work and illness; reservoirs of goodness; reservoirs of stamina; reservoirs of faith. Yes, especially reservoirs of faith so that when the world presses in upon us, we stand firm and strong; when the temptations of a decaying world about us draw on our energies, sap our spiritual vitality, and seek to pull us down, we need a storage of faith that can carry youth and later adults over the dull, the difficult, the terrifying moments, disappointments, disillusionments, and years of adversity, want, confusion, and frustration. (Faith Precedes the Miracle [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1972], 110)
Genesis 41:38 Can we find such an one... in whom the Spirit of God is?
L. Tom Perry
Because of the service Joseph rendered, the Pharaoh said unto his servants, "Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?" (Gen. 41:38.) The Pharaoh recognized that Joseph was, indeed, directed by the Lord when he said unto Joseph, "forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art." (Gen. 41:39.)
When one follows the course marked by the road signs of the gospel of Jesus Christ and places his trust in the Lord, its influence is such that it is manifest not only in action and deed but by a marked and visible change in his very being. There is a special light and a spirit which radiates from his eternal soul. It can be described in words like brightness, light, joy, happiness, peace, purity, contentment, spirit, enthusiasm, etc. ("Trust in the Lord," Ensign, May 1978, 52)
Genesis 41:45 he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah [the] priest
"[Joseph] rose to a position of prominence and leadership and married an Egyptian girl, Asenath, daughter of the priest of On. She bore him two sons-Ephraim and Manasseh, who lived out their lives in Egypt. (See Gen. 41:45, 50-52.) Most Latter-day Saints, through their patriarchal blessings, claim Ephraim and Manasseh as direct ancestors; their parentage is thus linked to Egypt.
"The Book of Mormon is also allied with Egypt, having been written in 'the language of the Egyptians.' (1 Ne. 1:2.) Moroni, writing a thousand years later, still acknowledged the Nephites' use of Egyptian writing: 'We have written this record according to our knowledge, in the characters which are called among us the reformed Egyptian.' (Morm. 9:32.)" (Thomas and Judith Parker, "Blessed Be Egypt My People," Ensign, Sept. 1983, 44)
Genesis 41:51 The birth of Manasseh
Manasseh-can we comprehend the righteous lineage of Manasseh? How many Book of Mormon prophets does it take to make Manasseh's line a glorious one? His was certainly a fruitful bough. The following story is about one such descendant who felt a kinship to father Manasseh.
A young American Indian girl was given responsibility for her father's old and sick livestock. It was her job to shepherd them and tend them. One day she inadvertently led her small flock onto a dangerous mesa. Some of the animals fell off to their death. Others were scattering and trying to get down. It was her job to keep them safe.
"Never had I felt so alone. As I made my way down from the mesa without the help of a trail, I was wrapped in the emotion of the recent disaster. The difficulty of the route I had chosen aroused my full consciousness. Was I making yet another mistake? A few weeks before, I had been chastened when my grandmother and aunt caught me teasing a rattlesnake with a whip while my frightened little brother watched. Now I was climbing down a rock face I had never climbed; somehow even teasing a rattlesnake seemed harmless by comparison.
"And so there I remained, immobile and sniffling, until a calming thought came to my mind from a Sunday School lesson. It was the story of Joseph of Egypt...
"Bloodlines are important, no matter how ancient; they are the ties that can never be broken. I must have believed that even as a child, for I was convinced that the same power that enabled Joseph to endure would come to the aid of a little Indian girl stuck high on a mesa ledge.
"So I prayed to the same God who guided Joseph through all his tribulations: 'Father, Father, I don't know where to go! Where should I place my hands and my feet?' During the rest of my climb down, I recall that I had never felt more agile or more instinctive. When my feet finally came to rest in an arroyo, I witnessed another unusual occurrence. The remaining flock had somehow found a pathway down. They had gathered together in the arroyo and were grazing on sweet grass as though nothing had happened.
"That day, I didn't understand why I had such a strong attachment to Joseph, but nine years later my patriarchal blessing would declare that I had been born through the loins of the oldest son of Joseph: Manasseh, so named, Joseph says, because 'God ... hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.' (Gen. 41:51.)
"With a heavy heart and lead feet, I drove my flock back to their pen. Closing the gate, I finally looked back at the sheer face of that mesa, and I knew from that day forth there wasn't anything my Heavenly Father wouldn't grant me if I asked with a pure heart." (A. J. Rock, "The Summer of My Accountability," Ensign, July 1992, 27)
Genesis 41:55 Pharaoh said... Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do
Russell M. Nelson
Anciently, when "all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do" (Gen. 41:55). In the latter days, people starving for nourishment that only the gospel can provide are again to be fed-by Joseph. The Lord declared that "this generation shall have my word through [Joseph Smith]" (D&C 5:10). Today we may "feast upon the words of Christ" (2 Ne. 32:3) because of Joseph Smith. ("The Exodus Repeated," Ensign, July 1999, 8-9)
Genesis 41:56 And Joseph opened all the storehouses
Sterling W. Sill
When the famine began, Joseph opened the granaries. Thus, with one good idea, two nations were saved from starvation. However, this idea of storing up food for the future always has been and probably always will be one of our greatest ideas. To begin with, in one way or another these alternating periods of feast and famine continue to come with some regularity as an important part of life. (Principles, Promises, and Powers [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1973], 267)
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