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.

This roundtable is also available as an audio podcast, and will be included in the podcast feed. You can listen by pressing the play button or download the podcast below:

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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.

This roundtable is also available as an audio podcast, and will be included in the podcast feed. You can listen by pressing the play button or download the podcast below:

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