October 14, 2017

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261.2: Redeeming the Living and the Dead (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 39)

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“The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers” Previous episodes on the temple have discussed the history of temple work and the theology behind redeeming the dead. This lesson approaches temple work from the perspective of the member performing the vicarious ordinances, and next lesson will cover family history.  We explore the value […]

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October 14, 2017

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261.1: Redeeming the Living and the Dead (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 39, Updated)

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“The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers” If the dead didn’t need your temple service, how often would you attend? This updated episode invites an honest look at our relationship to the temple and explores how temple attendance benefits us, the living. Recurring Donation: $5   $10   $20   $50 One Time Donation: $10   $20   $50  […]

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September 23, 2017

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260.2: Providing for ourselves and each other (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 38)

FILE - In this file photo of Nov. 18,  2008, Paul Nawrocki looks for work wearing a sandwich board reading "Almost Homeless,'' in New York, where he became a symbol of the nation's economic meltdown. Two years later, as the failed economy reverses itself, Nawrocki has a job. But his newfound stability is still fragile: he still wonders if he will lose his house and is coping with difficulties left by long stretches of joblessness. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

“In Mine Own Way” One of the most urgent problems we face today is also the most overwhelming… incomprehensible wealth inequality and literally a world of desperate need. This episode discusses The problem Wealth inequality/poverty in the world Wealth inequality/poverty in the US Wealth inequality/poverty in the Church Possible Solutions The very first step: Acknowledge […]

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September 23, 2017

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260.1: Providing for ourselves and each other (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 38, Updated)

FILE - In this file photo of Nov. 18,  2008, Paul Nawrocki looks for work wearing a sandwich board reading "Almost Homeless,'' in New York, where he became a symbol of the nation's economic meltdown. Two years later, as the failed economy reverses itself, Nawrocki has a job. But his newfound stability is still fragile: he still wonders if he will lose his house and is coping with difficulties left by long stretches of joblessness. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

“In Mine Own Way” What image comes to mind when we talk about “caring  for the poor and needy”? Probably something like feeding the homeless or a destitute family in Africa. Those people are poor and needy of course, but focusing on such individuals distracts us from the truth that all of us are wealthy […]

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September 16, 2017

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259.2: Prophets (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 37)

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“We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” The principles of revelation and authority intersect in complex ways. We believe that God speaks to *all* of their children through personal revelation. At the same time, only one prophet is authorized to share God’s will to the world. Finally, we are taught that God also inspires […]

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September 16, 2017

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259.1: Prophets (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 37, Updated)

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“We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” Who is your favorite prophet? Do you feel particularly close to any prophet from scripture? Because the purpose of the gospel is to bring salvation to all of us, God speaks to all people, in all nations (2 Ne. 29; Alma 29:8). Thus it makes sense that […]

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September 9, 2017

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258.2: Arrival in Utah (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36)

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“The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom as the Rose”   The discussion covers the following points: When the saints entered the valley, it was a new beginning. They had built cities before, but never in isolation. They were starting over not only by arriving in the valley, but now having to create a community.—talk of […]

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September 9, 2017

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258.1: Arrival in Utah (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36, Updated)

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“The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom as the Rose”   “This is the place”… but this is not the end. Not the end of the journey, not the end of the work. The arrival of the Saints in the Salt Lake Valley provides a powerful example and analogy of how arrivals and destinations are also […]

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August 30, 2017

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257.2: Handcart Companies (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 35)

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“A Mission of Saving” Even among the pioneer stories, no image is more iconic or moving than the pioneers who traveled not by wagon, but by handcart. And we are sobered and inspired as we hear the story of tragedy and rescue surrounding the Martin and Willie handcart companies. This episode explores these important stories […]

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August 30, 2017

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257.1: Handcart Companies (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 35, Updated)

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“A Mission of Saving”   As humans, we want everything to make sense. We crave simple narratives with clear origins and meanings. Even when tragedy strikes, we seek the simple moral, takeaway, or unexpected gift. But the truth is, life is far messier than that. Tragedy comes from a variety of sources, including our own […]

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