February 12, 2016

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180: Last Words, Vulnerability, Happiness (BoM Lesson 7)

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“I Know in Whom I Have Trusted”   In the wake of Lehi’s death, two warring nations are born–the Nephites and Lamanites. 2 Nephi 3-5 invite us to reflect on a life well-lived, vulnerability, and what it means to “live after the manner of happiness.”   Class Member Reading: 2 Ne. 3-5 Additional Reading: Joseph […]

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February 2, 2016

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179: Agency and Opposition (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 6)

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“Free to Choose Liberty and Eternal Life”   These two chapters touch on some of the most important questions and yearnings in human experience: Do we have a choice? Are we free? Why is life so hard? Why must we suffer? Can we have the good without experiencing the bad? What do “good” and “bad” […]

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January 30, 2016

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178: Lessons in the Wilderness (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 5)

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“Hearken to the Truth, and Give Heed unto It”   Tensions come to a head when Lehi and his family go through their most difficult trials, first during years in the wilderness and then on their journey across the ocean. These chapters have implications about the balance of truth and love, internal vs. external motivation, and […]

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January 22, 2016

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177: Nephi’s Vision (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 4)

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“The Things Which I Saw While I Was Carried Away in the Spirit”   Nephi tells a tale of two Churches–the Church of the Lamb of God, and the Church of the Devil. Can we line up these two churches with the two plans, the Plan of Salvation and the Plan of Damnation? This episode […]

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January 14, 2016

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176: The Tree of Life (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3)

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The Vision of the Tree of Life   Got fruit? Nephi, Lehi, and Joseph Smith’s father experienced similar visions. How can we understand and discuss these visions in an engaged way? How can we partake of and share the love of God? Meredith and Trent provide a rewarding discussion.   Class Member Reading: 1 Nephi 8–11; […]

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January 10, 2016

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175: God’s Will (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 2)

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“All Things According to His Will”   I don’t think we adequately appreciate the fact that the Book of Mormon begins with the tale of a deeply dysfunctional family. This lesson begins the Book of Mormon with an invitation to read this Book of Mormon carefully, challenging and being challenged by its contents, including viewing […]

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January 5, 2016

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174: The Keystone of Our Religion (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 1)

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“The Keystone of Our Religion”   What is your relationship with the Book of Mormon? Be honest. Start where you are. How can you improve it? This episode encourages class members to honestly discuss the Book of Mormon, explains the importance of this Book of Scripture, and covers additional topics such as truth, inspiration, and […]

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January 1, 2016

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2016 Non-Annotated Book of Mormon Readings

Below are the core scriptures and materials provided in the lesson. This should allow you to prepare for a lesson without jumping around from book to book. Book of Mormon Readings 174 EGD L01 The Keystone of Our Religion 175 EGD L02 All Things According to His Will 176 EGD L03 The Vision of the […]

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December 22, 2015

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173: Understanding the Book of Mormon (Gospel Doctrine Lesson 0)

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Introduction to the Book of Mormon   Before we begin the Book of Mormon Sunday School year, I sit down (virtually) with Grant Hardy and McArthur Krishna (In North Carolina and India respectively) to review topics important to Book of Mormon Study. We discuss:  Personal experience reading the Book of Mormon Approaches to the Book […]

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December 18, 2015

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172: Revelation II: Wipe away every tear (NT Gospel Doctrine 46)

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“He Will Dwell with Them, and They Shall Be His People”   All things new. All things set right. All of us ache for this healing of the world. The end of Revelation describes the vision of paradise on earth, but it is up to us to “wipe away every tear” in the meantime. Sheena […]

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