July 14, 2017

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

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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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July 7, 2017

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

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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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July 7, 2017

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

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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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June 30, 2017

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

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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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June 30, 2017

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

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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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June 24, 2017

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247.2: Priesthood (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25)

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Priesthood: “The Power of Godliness”   We have already talked about the Restoration of the Priestood, and this lesson is the chance to dig into the nature of the priesthood. What exactly is it? What principles govern “the power of godliness”? During this lesson and discussion we will address: The role of the priesthood in […]

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June 23, 2017

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247.1: Priesthood (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25, Updated)

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Priesthood: “The Power of Godliness” The concept of priesthood is central to the LDS faith, but what *is* it exactly? Priesthood is the presence and power of God, manifest on earth. I break it down into Presence of God Power of God Authority of God How do each of us experience these elements of divinity? […]

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June 16, 2017

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247.2: Apostasy (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 24)

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“Be Not Deceived, but Continue in Steadfastness” It is time to address the tricky topic of individual “apostasy”–falling away from God and the Church. Are the two the same? Can you do one without the other? What does “being deceived” mean in this context? What is the relationship between doubt and apostasy? The lesson and […]

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June 16, 2017

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247.1: Apostasy (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 24, Updated)

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“Be Not Deceived, but Continue in Steadfastness”   “Apostasy” is a strong  word. It is used to separate friends from enemies, insiders from outsiders. Though there are certainly times we need to protect ourselves and our faith from toxic or combative individuals, sometimes “apostate” can just mean someone who believes differently. Then there is the […]

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June 10, 2017

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246.2: A World of Learning (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 23)

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Seek Learning, Even by Study and Also by Faith” In a sense, this lesson provides a foundation of all others. How do we understand ourselves, each other, and the world around us? How do we learn? What is the role of “study” and what is the role of “faith”? What are the strengths and limitations […]

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