Scripture Roundtable 40: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36, “The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom as the Rose”

(Originally published on 17 August 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 40 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #36, “The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom as the Rose,” bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures and our history. These roundtables will generally follow the 2013 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

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

Some highlights from this roundtable include:

  • What was the Salt Lake valley like when the pioneers got there?
  • Discussion of the difficulty for these saints, their perseverance, faith and obedience, and how those can be examples and instructive for us today.
  • Stewardship in the Lord’s kingdom and what that means for all of us, whether we are called to colonize, go on missions, etc.

Resources noted in the roundtable:

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3 thoughts on “Scripture Roundtable 40: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36, “The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom as the Rose”

  1. As a reference to the question about who claimed the “blossom as a rose” first. I don’t think we completely know, but there is evidence of Parley P. Pratt mentioning Isaiah 35:1 in reference to the Salt Lake Valley in his Autobiography. See the source below.

    Parley P. Pratt, ed., Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, Classics in Mormon Literature series (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1985), p. 335.

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