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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Scripture Roundtable 184: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 40, Then Will I Gather Them In

This is Scripture Roundtable 184 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss the Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson #40, Then Will I Gather Them In, focusing on scriptures in 3 Nephi 16, 20-21, 29-30, Mormon 5:9-24, and Articles of Faith 1:10, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2016 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Panelists for this roundtable are Martin Tanner, Cassandra Hedelius, and Craig Foster.

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 50: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 46, “Zion—The Pure in Heart”

This is Scripture Roundtable 50 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #46, “Zion—The Pure in Heart,” focusing on scriptures in D&C 57, 64, 82, 97, 105, Moses 7, and Articles of Faith 1:10, 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 Andrew Smith, Martin Tanner, and Shon Hopkin.

Some highlights of this discussion include:

  • The usage of Zion in the scriptures
  • Community versus Individuality in the Gospel

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“Being Good Citizens” D&C 58:21-22, 26-28; D&C 98:4-10; 134; Articles of Faith 1:12

“Any nation comprised of responsible and moral citizens is a nation of joy and peace.”

In today’s world of uncertainty and challenge there is great need throughout the world for outstanding citizens.1  What does the Lord have to say about being a citizen of an earthly kingdom?  Are there examples we can follow?  There are answers to these questions found throughout the revelations in the Doctrine & Covenants and pronounced by modern day prophets.  We can also look at the lives of early saints who grappled with the desire to be worthy of God’s eternal kingdom, yet lived in a temporal kingdom.  We will first review the Lord’s society and law of Zion and refresh our memory of the experience of those who participated in the founding of Zion.  We will end our discussion with a review of statements made by prophets over the last century. Continue reading


  1. I recognize that this article may have an international readership and that some of these statements may seem to be more particularly aimed towards citizens of the United States of America.  Since the Church had its foundations in the United States and because the Church has its headquarters in the United States it is natural that statements have been made from a United States perspective.  However, the principles of civility and citizenship apply to all people in all nations under God’s watchful eye.