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“Another Important Step Forward in the Restoration of the Gospel”

August 19, 2015 | 49 comments
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“Another Important Step Forward in the Restoration of the Gospel”

Yesterday, President Oscarson announced on her Facebook page that she was now assigned to be a member of the Missionary Executive Council. President Burton is now a member of the Priesthood Executive Council (which has been renamed the Priesthood and Family Executive Council) and President Wixom is now on the Temple and Family History Executive Council. In an article in the Deseret News, former General RS Presidency member Sheri Dew said that “This is yet another important step forward in the restoration of the gospel.” Read more »

Explain Maine

August 18, 2015 | 32 comments
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Explain Maine

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Planting the Seed: Theological Works by LDS Women

August 16, 2015 | 23 comments
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Planting the Seed: Theological Works by LDS Women

So a friend of mine is going to shepherd a much-needed project: an index of theological, exegetical, historical, and doctrinal writings by LDS women. Read more »

YW Lesson: How Do I Prepare Now to Become a Righteous Wife and Mother?

August 6, 2015 | 21 comments
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YW Lesson: How Do I Prepare Now to Become a Righteous Wife and Mother?

The first line of this lesson reads, “To prepare to be a righteous wife and mother, young women should focus on the Savior and on developing Christlike attributes,” so that’s what I decided to focus the lesson on. Read more »

BYU New Testament Commentary Conference

July 20, 2015 | 20 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #27

June 30, 2015 | 11 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #27

So here’s the plan: each week that the gospels are covered in Sunday School, I will post one question from my book along with a brief discussion of the issues that it raises. Most ancient manuscripts of Mark end after 16:8 and early Christians do not seem to know any of this chapter after verse 8. The style, vocabulary, and themes in Mark 16:9–20 are quite different from the rest of Mark. Therefore, the vast majority of scholars believe that the Gospel of Mark originally ended with verse 8 and that verses 9–20 are a later addition by another author.... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #26

June 23, 2015 | no comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #26

So here’s the plan: each week that the gospels are covered in Sunday School, I will post one question from my book along with a brief discussion of the issues that it raises. As you read Mark 15, look for irony. Consider why so much in this chapter is ironic and what you should learn from it. (adapted from Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels) Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #25

June 16, 2015 | no comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #25

So here’s the plan: each week that the gospels are covered in Sunday School, I will post one question from my book along with a brief discussion of the issues that it raises. Why was a story as embarrassing as Peter’s betrayal included in the scriptures? Consider D & C 1:24–28.   (adapted from Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels) Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #24

June 9, 2015 | no comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #24

So here’s the plan: each week that the gospels are covered in Sunday School, I will post one question from my book along with a brief discussion of the issues that it raises.   Scholar Fernando Segovia lists seven different scholarly approaches to John 14-17: (1) Historicizing: the discourse is completely accurate, therefore chapter 15 occurs in a different location (because of 14:31). (2) Transpositional: sometime during transmission, the chapters were rearranged. (3) Redactional: there is a second speech (chapters 15–16) which is a different version of the first speech (chapter 14). (4) Symbolic: 14:31 is understood symbolically. (5) Unfinished: the... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #23

June 2, 2015 | one comment
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #23

So here’s the plan: each week that the gospels are covered in Sunday School, I will post one question from my book along with a brief discussion of the issues that it raises. Some scholars conclude that women were present at the Last Supper. They cite the following evidence:   (1) Compare Mark 14:28 with Mark 16:7. (2) Referring to “one of the twelve” in Mark 14:20 means that there were others present (see also Mark 14:16 and 17). (3) The tradition for Passover was for women to be present and it would have been worthy of mention if Jesus... Read more »

Elder L. Tom Perry, 1922-2015

May 30, 2015 | 13 comments
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Elder L. Tom Perry, 1922-2015

The church announced that Elder Perry died today.  Read more »

She Shall Be An Ensign

May 26, 2015 | 9 comments
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She Shall Be An Ensign

One of the defining characteristics of the Gospel of Luke is that it contains gender pairs, meaning that the same story or event happens twice–once to a man and once to a woman. Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine #22

May 26, 2015 | no comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine #22

So here’s the plan: each week that the gospels are covered in Sunday School, I will post one question from my book along with a brief discussion of the issues that it raises. In what ways is a wedding celebration a good metaphor for the coming of the kingdom (see Matthew 25:1-13)? (adapted from Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels) Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #21

May 19, 2015 | 5 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #21

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #20

May 12, 2015 | 2 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #20

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #19

May 5, 2015 | one comment
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #19

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #18

April 28, 2015 | 7 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #18

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #17

April 21, 2015 | 3 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #17

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The Only True and Living Opinion

April 18, 2015 | 26 comments
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The Only True and Living Opinion

So this week, the Salt Lake Tribune sponsored a live “Trib Talk;” the topic was “what Mormon women want.” You can watch it here. Afterwards, there was criticism that there wasn’t a traditional or a conservative or a happy-with-the-status-quo (or whatever term you’d prefer) position represented. (There was also criticism that, at least initially, it was planned as an all-white panel, but that’s a topic for a different post.) I have heard that more-traditional women were invited, but either refused or later backed out. There is also this dialogue you can watch, featuring Melissa Inouye, who identifies as an... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #16

April 14, 2015 | 2 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #16

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #15

April 7, 2015 | 7 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #15

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #14

March 31, 2015 | 3 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #14

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Defending the Family

March 29, 2015 | 20 comments
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Those wanting to follow the counsel from the first session of General Conference last night about the importance of defending the family will be very interested in this article (please ignore the click-baity headline and read the actual article). A much shorter version of the article was published in the Deseret News recently, but I think that even for the tl;dr crowd, the longer version is definitely worth the investment of time. This article is also well worth reading.     Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #13

March 24, 2015 | 10 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #13

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