September 9, 2016

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211: A Broken Heart and Contrite Spirit (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 37)

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“Whosoever Will Come, Him Will I Receive”   3 Nephi 11 is one of the most familiar chapters in Mormon scripture, shared by missionaries daily in countless languages. 3 Nephi 11-28 recount the personal ministry of Christ to the Lehites. Some of the most touching and powerful chapters in the Book of Mormon are found […]

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September 7, 2016

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210: From Unity to Collapse (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36)

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“On the Morrow Come I into the World”   The beginning of 3 Nephi overflows with intense extremes as it describes the decades leading up to the appearance of Jesus to the Lehites. The sign of Jesus’ birth is given; people believe then disbelieve. A protracted war with the Gadianton robbers forces the people to […]

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September 7, 2016

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209: Insiders and Outsiders (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 35)

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“Repent and Return unto the Lord”   These chapters are about Samuel the Lamanite posting to his wall (I know, bad joke, but some of us can relate to the stones and arrows). Samuel’s wall top preaching alternates between predictions of destruction, contrasting the Lamanite reaction to the truth, and prophesying concerning the coming of […]

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August 27, 2016

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208: The Limitations of Human Nature (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 34)

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“How Could You Have Forgotten Your God?”   Pretty much everyone is depressed in these chapters. The prophet Nephi and editor Mormon both complain about human nature and the state of wickedness of the people at this time. This is where the Lamanites become more righteous than the Nephites. Highlights will include Lessons from Lamanite […]

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August 25, 2016

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207: The Beginning of the End (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 33)

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“A Sure Foundation”   Even with the impending ministry of Christ among the Nephites, Mormon sees this section as the beginning of the end (Hel. 2:13). Helaman is a dark book with powerful highlights. This is a bad time to be a chief judge, and a bad time for the Nephites. The Nephites expand their […]

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August 25, 2016

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206: Ethics and War (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 32)

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“They Did Obey … Every Word of Command with Exactness”   The Book of Alma concludes with a bang as we read of wars of multiple fronts and severe internal turmoil and dissent. We can learn a great deal from the behavior of Moroni, Helaman, and their armies. And of course we can’t forget the […]

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August 19, 2016

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205: Firm in the Faith of Christ (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 31)

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“Firm in the Faith of Christ”   With this lesson we march into the “War chapters” of Alma. Sometimes it seems readers of the Book of Mormon don’t know quite what to do with these twenty odd chapters, but there are many important lessons and intriguing details we can glean. Highlights of this lesson include: […]

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August 5, 2016

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204.2: God Would Cease to Be God (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30, Complete)

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“The Great Plan of Happiness”   These chapters are chock full of doctrinal substance touching upon the “Great Plan of Happiness”. We will explore: Resurrection and Spirit World Justice and mercy Role of this life The nature of God, including the unusual and compelling idea of a “limited God”. Recurring Donation: $5   $10   $25   $50 […]

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August 5, 2016

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204.1: God Would Cease to Be God (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30, Core)

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“The Great Plan of Happiness”   This core episode puts the provocative idea of God losing godhood in the context of the Plan of Happiness and its opposite, the Plan of Damnation. I also discuss two possible additional projects, covering the Youth Sunday School lessons and the Gospel Topics essays. $5   $10   $25   $50 One […]

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July 30, 2016

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203.2: Alma’s Counsel to his Sons (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 29, Complete)

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“Give Ear to My Words”   This lesson and the next provide a precious and intimate window in the family life of Alma, one of the great Book of Mormon prophets. These chapters fit into the genre of “Testament”, which records the wisdom and blessings imparted by the patriarch of a family (unfortunately, we don’t […]

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