December 3, 2016

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222: Faith, Hope, Love (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 48)

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“Come unto Christ” So much to discuss as we conclude our study of the Book of Mormon this year. Points we will explore this lesson: Mormon’s sublime letter on faith, hope, and charity in Moroni 7 Moroni’s promise in chapter 10–perhaps the most read section of the Book of Mormon. How do we know what is […]

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November 21, 2016

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221: Remembered and Nourished (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 47)

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“To Keep Them in the Right Way” These chapters are straightforward–Moroni, shocked he hasn’t been killed yet, shares information about the organization of the church. He introduces: The Gift of the Holy Ghost Ordination of priests and teachers The sacrament prayers Baptism and Church order This is an ideal time to discuss the question: Why […]

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November 14, 2016

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220: An Eye of Faith (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 46)

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“By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled” This lesson contains one of the crown jewels of the Book of Mormon–the sublime verse on weakness and strength in 12:27.   There are other gems worthy of study, discussion, and application in this chapter. We have the idea that we can be the angels whom God uses to answer […]

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November 8, 2016

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219: Journey to the Promised Land (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 45)

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“Never Has Man Believed in Me As Thou Hast” In this lesson we get to discuss the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon (which made up the bulk of the plates as Joseph described them)! What is contained in the sealed portion? What can we learn from the instructions regarding how to access them? […]

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October 19, 2016

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218: Last Nephite Standing (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 44)

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“I Speak unto You As If Ye Were Present” After Mormon’s final plea to the House of Israel, Moroni takes over the record. His despair and loneliness is palpable and touching in the beginning of Mormon 8. There are several thought provoking gems in these chapters about weakness, pride, caring for the needy, and theological […]

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October 18, 2016

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217: The Problem of Evil (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 43)

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“How Could Ye Have Departed from the Ways of the Lord?”   Poignantly placed after the description of the Lehite utopia, these are the darkest, most disturbing chapters in the Book of Mormon. It seems a fitting time to wrestle with the human potential for evil, the reality of the terrible things we do to […]

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October 17, 2016

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216: Utopia and Collapse (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 42)

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“This Is My Gospel” These chapters include an account of the happiest, most righteous, productive years in all of Book of Mormon history, the model utopian society that endured almost two hundred years after Jesus’ appearance. Unfortunately,  we only read about that time period (which surpasses the time covered by Mosiah, Alma, Helaman, and 3 […]

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October 15, 2016

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215: All Things Revealed (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 41)

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“He Did Expound All Things unto Them”   These chapters function as a sermon and reflection about the scriptures. Jesus quotes from Isaiah 54 and Malachi 3-4. He recommends the writings of Isaiah and urges Nephi to supplement his own records. Then in a bittersweet twist, we are excluded from the climax of the story–Mormon […]

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October 12, 2016

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214: Gathering and Scattering (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 40)

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“Then Will I Gather Them In”   Am I correct in concluding that these chapters fall in that category of scripture that most members read without comprehension? When we think “Isaiah chapters” 2 Nephi comes to mind, but 3 Nephi has its share as well, with some Micah thrown in. These chapters in brief talk […]

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October 8, 2016

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213: One by One (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 39)

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“Behold, My Joy Is Full”   These chapters of the Book of Mormon contain some of the most moving and tender moments in all of scripture. Jesus heals the sick, one by one. The crowd weeps with joy. Jesus blesses little children and the scene becomes ineffable. Angels minister to the children and Jesus weeps. […]

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