March 7, 2017

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

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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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March 7, 2017

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

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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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March 4, 2017

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

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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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March 4, 2017

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

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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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February 25, 2017

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

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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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February 25, 2017

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

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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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February 16, 2017

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231.2: Restoration of the Priesthood (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 8)

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The Restoration of the Priesthood The priesthood permeates pretty much everything we do in the LDS Church. Much of the reason to be a member is tied up in the power and authority restored through Joseph Smith, culminating in saving temple ordinances. For these reasons, this lesson is a very important one. I confess that […]

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February 16, 2017

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231.1: Restoration of the Priesthood (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 8, Updated)

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The Restoration of the Priesthood   This episode proposes that we anchor our testimonies on hierarchies or principles rather than dominoes of presuppositions. For example, let’s take a look at the components of belief in the restoration of the priesthood: Joseph Smith had authority to act in the name of God This authority came through […]

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February 8, 2017

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230.2: Personal Gospel Principles (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 7)

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“The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel”   This lesson covers topics so frequently reviewed that we risk taking them for granted. We will dig deeply into the issues of faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. What is faith? Why does it need to be in Jesus […]

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February 7, 2017

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230.1: Personal Gospel Principles (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 7, Updated)

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“The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel”   Faith. Repentance. Baptism. Confirmation. These principles are so familiar they risk losing meaning altogether. This updated episode invites us all to figure out not only what these foundational principles mean, but what they mean to us. It is vital that we create safe space to discover […]

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