Scripture Roundtable 42: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 38, “In Mine Own Way”

(Originally published on 4 September 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 42 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #38, “In Mine Own Way,” focusing on D&C 38, 42, and 104, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures and church history. 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, Robert Boylan, and Shon Hopkin.

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Scripture Roundtable 121: New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 23, “Love One Another, As I Have Loved You”

This is Scripture Roundtable 121 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss the New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #23, “Love One Another, As I Have Loved You” focusing on scriptures in Luke 22, and John 13-14, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2015 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Panelists for this roundtable are R. McKay White, Jeffrey Bradshaw, Cassandra Hedelius, and Daniel Peterson.

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“Be Strong and of a Good Courage.” Joshua 1-6; 23-24

“Fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God…will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work…of the LORD.” (1 Chronicles 28:20)

Introduction

After subduing the Land of Promise the Israelites gathered around Joshua1 to hear his farewell speech before he died (Joshua 24).2  Joshua rehearsed unto them the great things that the Lord had done for them and their forefathers in saving and preserving their lives.  He explained that God had saved Abraham from the wicked idolatry of false worship practiced by his fathers.  God lead Abraham to the land of Canaan where he multiplied his seed.  He then sent a branch of Abraham’s descendants down to Egypt.  These descendents, the Israelites, served the Egyptians in bondage for many years until God raised up a deliverer unto them and saved the Israelites with a mighty salvation.  God afflicted the Egyptians with great plagues and caused the waters of the Red Sea to part unto the salvation of the Israelites and the destruction of the Egyptians.  Joshua then reminded the Israelites of the powerful way in which God delivered the inhabitants and possessions of the land of Canaan (the Promised Land) into the hands of the Israelites.  This was a sure witness of God’s grace.  They had neither earned it themselves nor deserved it.  However, God loved his chosen people and so in his boundless charity he gave them these marvelous blessings.  Affirming his charity unto them, giving them blessings that they themselves did not earn, God said: Continue reading


  1. The name Joshua is a variant of the name Hosea, Hoshea and Jesus all of which come from the Hebrew word meaning “salvation” or “to save.” 

  2. Compare the farewell speech and activities of Joshua to those of Jacob (Genesis 47-50); Moses (Deut. 1-33); Brother of Jared (Ether 6); Lehi (2 Nephi 1-4); and Benjamin (Mosiah 1-6).