The Currant Bush


A new Mormon Messages video depicts one of my favorite stories – that of the currant bush as originally told by Hugh B. Brown (I’m partial to Truman Madsen’s rendition). Elder Christofferson tells his rendition of how God lovingly chastens us to help shape us into something and someone better than we would have been otherwise.

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7 thoughts on “The Currant Bush

  1. Great video clip and analogy! We need to trust in the Lord and believe that these life experiences will be for our good no matter how difficult they may be.

  2. Dave

    I have tried to find an archived copy of Truman Madsen’s “Hugh B Brown – Youthful Veteran” from the Apr 1976 New Era, but have been entirely unsuccessful. The New Era archives omit the article from their online database.

    Do you know where I can find a copy?

  3. Jared

    That is curious. I did a non-exhaustive search and came up empty. I just emailed the Church (website feedback) to see if I get any response about it that way. I haven’t read it (but know portions from the article have been used in some of Bro. Madsen’s other works) but am now interested in it. I’ll keep looking. The other option is to go to the BYU library and find the original magazine to scan (if you happen to be in the Provo area – I’m not, otherwise I’d go) – or find someone who can do this for you. I’ll check to see if anyone I know happens to have a hard copy of that New Era until I hear back from someone at the Church.

  4. Jesse

    I absolutely love this parable and message. Does anyone know who did the artwork for this MormonMessage? I want to purchase a painting or something I can put in my home to remind me of this special message but I’m not quite sure where to look.

  5. Jared

    If you haven’t found the article, you’ll have to copy it out of a printed New Era. Truman Madsen’s family has copyrighted many of his works and so they are only available through their organization.

  6. Kittywaymo/Sheila hunter

    I absolutely love this little video. I know there were times in my life where I felt a lot like that current bush. As I look back on my life I could see how those times were truly some of the most strengthening to my testimony and my reliance upon Jesus Christ. We are full-time proselyting couples Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We just love it!

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