Scripture Roundtable 34: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30, “The Prisoners Shall Go Free”

(Originally published on 13 July 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 34 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #30, “The Prisoners Shall Go Free,” focusing on D&C 2, 124, 127, 128, and Joseph Smith-History, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2013 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Some articles mentioned in this roundtable are linked here:

Panelists for this roundtable include Martin Tanner, Shon Hopkin, and Stephen Smoot.

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Scripture Roundtable 33: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 29, “Building the Kingdom of God in Nauvoo, Illinois”

(Originally published on 1 July 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 33 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #29, “Building the Kingdom of God in Nauvoo, Illinois,” focusing on D&C 124, and 126, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2013 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Some of the interesting discussion in this roundtable includes:

  • At 2,500 men under arms, the Nauvoo Legion was the largest military force in the western United States, and second only to the United States Army (8,500 men) in the entire country.
  • Of the 18,000 British converts who joined the Church between 1840 and 1846, about 4,700 immigrated to Nauvoo. One in three Nauvoo residents was a British convert immigrant.
  • John Taylor wanted to call the women’s organization the Female Benevolent Society. Emma Smith expressed her belief that it be called the Relief Society because “We are going to do something extraordinary…we expect extraordinary occasions and pressing calls.”
  • Joseph Smith’s decision to send many of his most loyal associates to England was counterintuitive, seemingly foolish, yet, arguably, it saved the Church. Certainly it marked the culture of Mormonism in indelible ways.
  • The Mormonism that entered into Nauvoo was, in many ways, a Protestant-like faith that had an extra book. Nauvoo is crucial because much that is distinctive in the Latter-day Saint form of Christianity developed during the Church’s relatively brief sojourn there.
  • Many of the old leaders dropped away before Nauvoo, and a new group — notably Brigham Young and the Council of the Twelve — came to the fore.

Panelists for this roundtable include Ben McGuire, Bryce Haymond, Daniel Peterson, and Mike Parker.

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Scripture Roundtable 32: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28, “O God, Where Art Thou?”

(Originally published on 22 June 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 32 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #28, “O God, Where Art Thou?,” focusing on D&C 121, 122, and 123, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2013 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Some of the interesting discussion in this roundtable includes:

  • Historical setting for D&C 121, 122, 123: Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail and the tensions surrounding the “Mormon War” of 1838
  • Discussion of the LDS Theodicy as presented in those sections
  • This life is for us to gain experience, even and especially when that is hard, in order to make us more empathetic and Godlike.

Here is the link to “Sin, Suffering, and Soul-Making: Joseph Smith on the Problem of Evil,” by Blake T. Ostler and David L. Paulsen, as mentioned in the roundtable.

Panelists for this roundtable include Andrew Smith, Cassandra Hedelius, Lincoln Hale, and Stephen Smoot.

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Scripture Roundtable 31: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27, “They Must Needs Be Chastened and Tried, Even as Abraham”

(Originally published on 16 June 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 31 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #27, “They Must Needs Be Chastened and Tried, Even as Abraham,” focusing on D&C 101, 103, and 105, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2013 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Some of the interesting discussion in this roundtable includes:

  • The trails faced by the early Latter-day Saints in Jackson County were a preparation for what was to come in terms of the trials and suffering.
  • Much good came from Zion’s Camp. Rather than being a failure, it was a training ground for future church leaders.
  • The Lord chastens those he loves, because he’s trying to educate them.  Though we seldom like it, we tend to learn more from difficulties than from ease.  We gain strength not by lifting quarter-pound weights once or twice, but by working against real resistance.
  • The Lord reassured his Saints that, although they were scattered, all flesh is in his hand and Zion will eventually be redeemed.
  • The Saints lost Zion through their own failings, but their ultimate victory is assured.

Panelists for this roundtable include Martin Tanner, Craig Foster, and Daniel Peterson.

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Scripture Roundtable 30: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 26, “Go Ye into All the World, and Preach My Gospel”

(Originally published on 12 June 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 30 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #26, “Go Ye into All the World, and Preach My Gospel,” focusing on D&C 42, 88, and 142, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2013 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Some of the interesting discussion in this roundtable includes:

  • Ideas, implicit within D&C 112, dealing with the theological nature of God and his characteristics, and their influence on missionary work then and now.
  • Historical context of the Kirtland period and the missionary work then to both expand the Church, even during hardship, and counter anti-Mormon sentiments put out by apostates, particularly Ezra Booth.

Panelists for this roundtable include Andrew Smith, Robert Boylan, and Martin Tanner.

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