New video: Jesus and Samaritan woman

The Church's new website has released another new video depicting the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. This release brings the total number of available videos to eight.

Based on the scriptural reference of John 4:5-29, the video shows Jesus speaking with the Samaritan woman using dialogue that follows the King James version almost word for word. In the April 1995 conference talk titled "Living Water to Quench Spiritual Thirst" Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve gave some background about this story: "Early in His mortal ministry, the Savior and His disciples passed through Samaria while traveling from Judea to Galilee.

Video depicts scene of Jesus at the well where He taught a Samaritan woman of "the living water," as recorded in John 4:5-29.
Video depicts scene of Jesus at the well where He taught a Samaritan woman of "the living water," as recorded in John 4:5-29. Photo: Intellectual Reserve Inc.

Weary, hungry and thirsty from their journey, they stopped at Jacob's well in the city of Sychar. While the disciples went in search of food, the Savior remained at the well. He requested a drink from a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water. Because the Jews and Samaritans were divided by rancor and did not often speak to one another, the woman responded to the Savior's request with a question: 'How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria?'

"In the New Testament the Savior used this simple encounter at the well to teach powerful, eternal truths. Though weary and thirsty, the Master Teacher took this opportunity to testify of His divine role as the Redeemer of the world and to proclaim authoritatively His true identity as the long-promised Messiah. He patiently, yet thoughtfully, answered the woman: 'If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.' "

Intrigued but skeptical, and seeing that Jesus had no container with which to draw water, the woman queried further: "From whence then hast thou that living water?" In a powerful promise, Jesus then declared Himself to be the source of living water, the wellspring of life everlasting. He said: "Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

In commenting on the conversation between the Savior and the woman, Elder Robert L. Simpson taught: "Throughout history men have always been looking for the easy way. [Some] have devoted their lives to finding the 'fountain of youth,' a miracle water which would bring everlasting life. Today [many] are still seeking … some magic 'fountain' that [will] bring forth success, fulfillment and happiness. But most of this searching is in vain. … It is only this 'living water,' the gospel of Jesus Christ, that can and will bring a happy, a successful and an everlasting life to the children of men."

Viewers can check the website in the future for additional videos. Here are the next four videos to be released in chronological order:

Parable of the Good Samaritan

The Savior makes triumphal entry into Jerusalem

Priests and scribes plot to put the Savior to death

The Last Supper

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