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236.2: What is Scripture? (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 13)

March 26, 2017

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“This Generation Shall Have My Word through You”   We usually don’t stop to think about it, but our conceptions of the nature of scripture play a key role in our understanding of spiritual reality. The fundamental question is: Do we use scripture to understand the rest of reality, or do we need to use […]

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236.1: What is Scripture? (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 13, Updated)

March 25, 2017

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“This Generation Shall Have My Word through You”   This update gets at the heart of the nature of scripture, and puts Joseph’s impressive contributions in a broader context. What is the relationship between inspiration, revelation, and scripture? When reading scripture, what is most important? How important is historicity? I suggest that when it comes […]

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235.2: Homecoming (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 12)

March 12, 2017

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“The Gathering of My People” Belonging is one of our greatest human needs, and there aren’t many more poignant and powerful ideas than that of “coming home.” This lesson will explore the concept of “gathering”, or more poetically put, our Heavenly Parents bringing us together so we can help each other come home. We will […]

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235.1: Homecoming (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 12, Updated)

March 12, 2017

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“The Gathering of My People”   How many of us have wondered whether we would need to dramatically move to Jackson County, Missouri? We are all ready right? I’ve said before that the Second Coming is the “action movie gospel topic”. It is easy to get excited about the dramatic and unusual. And the history […]

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234.2: Missionary Work Past, Present, Future (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 11)

March 7, 2017

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“The Field Is White Already to Harvest”   Along with majestic temples, nothing is more iconic of Mormonism than black-tagged missionaries. Missionary work has from the beginning played a vital role in the life of Mormonism. This lesson will discuss The early history of missionary work in the Church, including the historical background of the […]

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234.1: Missionary Work Past, Present, Future (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 11, Updated)

March 7, 2017

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“The Field Is White Already to Harvest”   It turns out that convincing and changing others rank among the most challenging tasks in life. In fact, if we go about persuasion the wrong way, our efforts can actually backfire. This updated episode focuses on priorities in missionary work. First, we must convert ourselves, and share […]

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233.2: Scripture Stories (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 10)

March 4, 2017

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“This Is My Voice unto All” The theme of this lesson is to “liken the scriptures to ourselves”, which means it is about nothing less than how to study the scriptures. How do we apply the scriptures to our lives? How do we determine what to focus on, what is valuable? What is our standard […]

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233.1: Scripture Stories (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 10, Updated)

March 4, 2017

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“This Is My Voice unto All”   This update explores the complicated character of Emma Smith… she both supported and challenged her husband Joseph, and eventually helped found the Reorganized Church (RLDS). How can we appreciate her as her own person? As it is with Emma, so it is with all scripture… the complexity resists […]

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232.2: True and Living Religion (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 9)

February 25, 2017

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“The Only True and Living Church”   It is a shame we shorten this phrase to “The only true Church”, because I think “living” is a very important part of the statement. What does it mean to say the LDS Church is the “only true and living Church”? How do our Heavenly Parents interact with […]

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232.1: True and Living Religion (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 9, Updated)

February 25, 2017

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“The Only True and Living Church”   What does “true” and “living” mean when it comes to Church and religion? How does the idea of an “only true” church fit in with God’s work of salvation and history? I propose the framing “God is at work among all religions; I am grateful to belong to […]

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