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252.2: Redeeming the Dead (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30)

July 28, 2017

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Headstones in Arlington National Cemetery last March. The new online database should make it easier to find specific graves.

“The Prisoners Shall Go Free”   In this episode we discuss the history and doctrine underlying the third mission of the Church–to redeem the dead. We will explore Ancient precedents to vicarious rituals including the interpretation of 1 Cor. 15:29 The background to vicarious ordinances in Church History The way approaches to redeeming the dead […]

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252.1: Redeeming the Dead (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30, Updated)

July 28, 2017

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Headstones in Arlington National Cemetery last March. The new online database should make it easier to find specific graves.

“The Prisoners Shall Go Free” Have you ever been curious about the importance of temple work for the dead? Why is it so urgent? Specifically, why is performing vicarious ordinances for the dead worth sacrificing hours of our life, here and now? This episode discusses the ways in which temple work helps those of us […]

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251.2: The Church in Nauvoo (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 29)

July 22, 2017

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Building the Kingdom of God in Nauvoo, Illinois   The Nauvoo period of 1839-1846 proved both productive and tumultuous. This episode will explore this critical segment of Church history with an emphasis on the following points: Why the Nauvoo period is so important historically Establishment of the Relief Society Establishment of temple ordinances Nauvoo immigration […]

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251.1: The Church in Nauvoo (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 29, Updated)

July 22, 2017

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Building the Kingdom of God in Nauvoo, Illinois   The period the Saints lived in Nauvoo was one of cooperation and outpourings of revelation and spiritual blessings. In addition to covering this history, this update addresses our relationship to history itself–it isn’t everyone’s passion, which is why it is important for us all to teach […]

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250.2: Suffering and Pain (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28)

July 14, 2017

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“O God, Where Art Thou?” Why? Why me? Why my loved one? Why any of us? Where is God? There are no more poignant questions in life. This may prove to be the most important episode we even produce, as it explores our deepest question–why life is so hard. So unfair. So painful. This lesson […]

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250.1: Suffering and Pain (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28, Updated)

July 14, 2017

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“O God, Where Art Thou?” Why is life so hard? Why do we hurt so much? Is there any way to suffer less? These are important questions to answer… but we can only answer for ourselves. When it comes to the suffering of others, our covenental obligation is clear: to show up, sit with them, […]

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249.2: Trials, Failure, and Mistakes (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27)

July 7, 2017

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“They Must Needs Be Chastened and Tried, Even as Abraham” This lesson doesn’t waste any time striking to the heart of difficult issues.  This lesson will discuss such important topics as: What role does God play in our “chastening” and trials? In what ways is the idea that God “chastens and tries us” helpful? In what […]

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249.1: Trials, Mistakes, and Failure (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27, Updated)

July 7, 2017

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“They Must Needs Be Chastened and Tried, Even as Abraham”   Have you ever noticed that we almost never hear about failure in the Church? The stories we do hear are uplifting, because the mistakes or seeming-failure lead to even better outcomes. Yet the gospel teaches us there is power, even necessity, in acknowledging our […]

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248.2: Sharing the Gospel (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 26)

June 30, 2017

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“Go Ye into All the World, and Preach My Gospel”   So first, look at our last missionary work episode with abundant awesome links: We are going to look at this lesson from two primary angles: First, what can we learn from the sacrifices of missionaries who have gone before us, especially the example of […]

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248.1: Sharing the Gospel (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 26, Updated)

June 30, 2017

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“Go Ye into All the World, and Preach My Gospel”   We know that we need to “treasure up the word” before we preach the word, but there is a deeper truth as well: We need to live the gospel fully before we work to share it. Paradoxically, the best missionary work happens when that […]

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