January 15, 2017

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226.2: Joseph Smith’s First Vision Accounts (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3)

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“I Had Seen a Vision” First Vision Accounts   This lesson covers the story that started it all… Joseph’s account of his first vision of God. I feel a close connection to this story since I am from the Palmyra stake! In this lesson we will: Explore the powerful lessons in this narrative about the […]

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January 14, 2017

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226.1: Joseph Smith’s First Vision Accounts (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3, Update)

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“I Had Seen a Vision” First Vision Accounts   This episode how to productively discuss the First Vision accounts, as modeled by the Gospel Topics Essay. I was pleasantly impressed as I prepared this lesson. I think the Essay did a good job providing access to Joseph’s four accounts of his First Vision and making […]

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January 13, 2017

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225.2: Jesus Christ (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 2)

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“Behold, I Am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World”   Jesus Christ permeates LDS Scripture in a unique way that members may not fully appreciate. Christians have the New Testament and especially the gospels, and the Old Testament with passages that are interpreted as prefiguring and prophesying the coming of Jesus. The Savior saturates modern scripture–virtually […]

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January 13, 2017

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225.1: Are Mormons Christian? (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 2, Update)

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“Behold, I Am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World” Are Mormons Christian?   In this episode update, I tackle the question of whether Mormons are Christian. This question might prove the most baffling and offensive to members of the Church… how could anyone possible question our devotion to Jesus Christ? The goal of this […]

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January 12, 2017

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224.2: Introduction to the D&C and Church History (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 1)

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Introduction to the Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student and Teacher Reading: Explanatory Introduction to the D&C; D&C 1; Introduction to Our Heritage   We have a lot to introduce in this introductory lesson! 1) Structure and Resources. The selective, thematic approach of the Gospel Doctrine student and teacher’s manuals necessitates two Sunday School podcasts this […]

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January 12, 2017

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224.1: Introduction to the D&C and Church History (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 1, Update)

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Introduction to the Doctrine and Covenants and Church History   The primary goal of this episode is to prepare the class to appreciate the new resources the Church has prepared for this upcoming Sunday School year. Recurring Donation: $5   $10   $25   $50 One Time Donation: $10   $25   $50   $100 You can access my Lesson Notes here (or […]

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December 22, 2016

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223: Additional Church History Resources (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 00)

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Integrating Sunday School Resources Sunday School Lessons; Revelations in Context, Gospel Topics Essays   The good news! The Church has issued new resources on Church history for the coming Sunday School year. The not so good news: The Church has not integrated these resources into the Sunday School curriculum. The solution: We need to do it! Also, […]

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December 3, 2016

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222: Faith, Hope, Love (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 48)

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“Come unto Christ” So much to discuss as we conclude our study of the Book of Mormon this year. Points we will explore this lesson: Mormon’s sublime letter on faith, hope, and charity in Moroni 7 Moroni’s promise in chapter 10–perhaps the most read section of the Book of Mormon. How do we know what is […]

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November 21, 2016

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221: Remembered and Nourished (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 47)

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“To Keep Them in the Right Way” These chapters are straightforward–Moroni, shocked he hasn’t been killed yet, shares information about the organization of the church. He introduces: The Gift of the Holy Ghost Ordination of priests and teachers The sacrament prayers Baptism and Church order This is an ideal time to discuss the question: Why […]

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November 14, 2016

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220: An Eye of Faith (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 46)

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“By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled” This lesson contains one of the crown jewels of the Book of Mormon–the sublime verse on weakness and strength in 12:27.   There are other gems worthy of study, discussion, and application in this chapter. We have the idea that we can be the angels whom God uses to answer […]

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