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11. "He Spake Many Things unto Them in Parables"

Jesus Uses Parables to Teach about the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth

"Parables," Susan Howe, Encyclopedia of Mormonism
In Matthew 13 the Lord presents the parable of the sower and explains that His use of parables is to reveal "the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven." Parables are stories that the audience can relate with. The stories can be interpreted to mean different things, depending on the sensitive and spiritual preparation of the hearer. To those who have prepared themselves spiritually Jesus says, "Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." To them Christ’s parables will be applicable and meaningful.
 

Chart 9-7: "The Wheat and the Tares," Charting the New Testament
On occasion Jesus would share with his disciples the deeper meaning of His parables. This chart shows Jesus' interpretation for the parable of the wheat and the tares found in Matthew 13:24-43.
 

Chart 9-8: "Joseph Smith's Explanations of Parables in Matthew 13," Charting the New Testament
Joseph Smith interpreted the parables in Matthew 13. For instance, Joseph said that the Book of Mormon serves as an example of the treasures the householder brings forth (Matt. 13:52). These explanations come from Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith.