Scripture Roundtable 39: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 35, “A Mission of Saving”

(Originally published on 11 August 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 39 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #35, “A Mission of Saving,” focusing on D&C 4, 18, 52, 81, and 138, as well as 3 Nephi 18, and Moroni 7, 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.

Panelists for this roundtable include Martin TannerCraig Foster, Daniel Peterson, and Stephen Smoot.

Some highlights from this roundtable include:

  • Craig Foster’s substantial historical introduction to, and commentary upon, the story of the handcart pioneers.
  • Recurring themes in the scriptures and in sacred history, of exodus and of divine deliverance, and about what we today can learn from the pioneers and their steadfast endurance.
  • Latter-day Saints having a pioneer-like experience traveling from their homes in Cameroon to the Aba Nigeria Temple.  Here is one place where it can be found: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf8xoDoj2jA

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Scripture Roundtable 38: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 34, Faith in Every Footstep

(Originally published on 3 August 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 38 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #34, “Faith in Every Footstep,” focusing on D&C 136, 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.

Panelists for this roundtable include Martin Tanner and Shon Hopkin.

Some highlights from this roundtable include:

  • Lead yourself out of bondage to a better place in your life.
  • We can learn from the examples of the pioneers.
  • Our journey through life is similar to the journey of the pioneers. They crossed the plains at profound personal sacrifice and often under severe hardship. Demonstrating great faith, courage, and endurance, they set an example for us to follow.

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Scripture Roundtable 37: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 33, President Brigham Young Leads the Saints

(Originally published 27 July 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 37 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #33, “President Brigham Young Leads the Saints,” focusing on D&C 107, 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.

Here are some links to resources mentioned in the roundtable discussion:

Some interesting highlights from this roundtable discussion include:

  • The succession crisis.
  • Other contenders for the presidency.
  • Visions of those who heard Brigham speak in August 1844.
  • The trek west.
  • Brigham sustained as President of the Church in late 1847.

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

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Scripture Roundtable 36: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 32, “To Seal the Testimony”

(Originally published on 21 July 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 36 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #32, “To Seal the Testimony,” focusing on D&C 135, 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.

Here are some links to resources mentioned in the roundtable discussion:

Some interesting highlights from this roundtable discussion include:

  • Historical overview of the time and events leading up to and what occurred on 27 June 1844 with the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith
  • Thoughts on why martyrdom was necessary for Joseph and Hyrum and why their blood needed to be spilled, why they were the testators.
  • “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” – John Taylor sung with a different tune than we now use.

Panelists for this roundtable include Andrew Smith, Cassandra Hedelius, Craig Foster, and Lincoln Hale.

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Scripture Roundtable 35: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 31, “Sealed … for Time and for All Eternity”

(Originally published on 13 July 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 35 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #31, “Sealed … for Time and for All Eternity,” focusing on D&C 131, and 132, 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 interesting highlights from this roundtable discussion include:

  • The LDS concept of heaven centers around family.  This flows naturally from the LDS concept of heavenly parents.  Eliza R. Snow said she learned the principle of heavenly parents from Joseph Smith, which inspired her to write her famous poem “O My Father” hymn 292 in our LDS hymnal, which says in part:
    I had learned to call thee Father, Through thy Spirit from on high,But until the key of knowledge Was restored, I knew not why.In the heavens are parents single? No, the thought makes reason stare!Truth is reason, truth eternal Tells me I’ve a mother there. (See Eliza R. Snow, “My Father in Heaven”, Times and Seasons, vol. 5, p. 1039 (15 November 1845)).
  • Another LDS hymn, “Oh, What Songs of the Heart” hymn 286, mentions meeting our heavenly parents after this life.
  • These concepts of Heaven are quite distinct from the rest of Judaism and Christianity, which views God as a “parent” of the human family, metaphorically at most, certainly not literally as do LDS.
  • The sealing concept is the way LDS believe God authenticates, authorizes and makes permanent family relationships so they last beyond this life, thus making our families like God’s family.  D&C Sections 131 and 132 focus on these most important concepts.
  • Malachi did not say “it would be a pretty good idea” for the hearts of the fathers to turn to their children and for the hearts of the children to turn to their fathers, he said if not so, the earth would be wasted at the second coming of Jesus Christ.  Thus, Malachi teaches us sealing power is most important!

Panelists for this roundtable include Brant Gardner, Craig Foster, and Martin Tanner.

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