Sunday School Lesson – Book of Mormon

Literary BMGD #3: Hymn of Praise

January 9, 2012 | 5 comments
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While perhaps not the most important symbol in the Vision of the Tree of Life (1 Nephi 8-11), the Iron Rod may be the one that has received the most attention, at least in recent decades. But I think I was able to find something that kind of fit with the whole vision instead of just mentioning the Iron Rod. I like this hymn for not just (vaguely perhaps) invoking some of the imagery of the vision, but also for placing an emphasis on the Lord’s role in assisting us. Read more »

BMGD #3: 1 Nephi 8-11; 12:16-18; 15

January 9, 2012 | 16 comments
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This isn’t a lesson; it is the notes from which I will prepare a lesson.   Read more »

Literary BMGD #2: The Pilgrims’ Hymn

January 2, 2012 | 8 comments
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In looking for a literary work to go with the second Gospel Doctrine lesson this year, I was struck by some of the parallels between what Nephi experiences in the first few chapters in the Book of Mormon and what the early Mormons went through in traveling to Utah. Many of those we call the pioneers left comfortable homes, like Nephi and his family, and traveled to a “promised land” “into the wilderness.” And perhaps half or more of the pioneers also had to travel over an ocean to reach the promised land. Read more »

BMGD #2: 1 Nephi 1-7

January 2, 2012 | 29 comments
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Again, this isn’t a lesson. It is the notes from which I will prepare a lesson.  Sorry it is so long. (The rabbit trail of the week was related to the killing of Laban, but I don’t plan on discussing that with my class.) Read more »

Literary BMGD #1: Address to the Book of Mormon

December 27, 2011 | 3 comments
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I’m pleased that Julie has begun a series of posts that cover this year’s lessons on the Book of Mormon. With this post I will begin a kind of companion series: Mormon poetry and literary texts that can accompany each week’s lessons. Since Mormon literature often gets short shrift (usually from those who haven’t actually read what they dismiss), I think that connecting this literature to a regular part of our worship may help members become more aware of and familiar with our culture. Read more »

BMGD #1: Introduction

December 26, 2011 | 23 comments
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These are the notes from which I will create my Sunday School lesson. It is not a Sunday School lesson, unless your ward has Sunday School for five hours and a high tolerance for rabbit trails that happened to catch my interest. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson #23

June 4, 2006 | 12 comments
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Lesson 23: 1 Samuel 18-20, 23-24 Read more »

Sunday School Lesson #22

June 4, 2006 | 13 comments
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Lesson 22: 1 Samuel 9-11, 13, 15-17 Read more »

JMS Sunday School Lesson #6

January 31, 2006 | 190 comments
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JMS Sunday School Lesson #5

January 27, 2006 | 6 comments
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Sunday School Lesson 48

December 18, 2004 | 9 comments
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Lesson 48: Mormon 7-8, 10 Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 47

December 1, 2004 | no comments
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Lesson 47: Moroni 1-6 Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 46

November 24, 2004 | no comments
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Lesson 46: Ether 7-15 These notes will concentrate on Ether 12. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 45

November 22, 2004 | 5 comments
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Lesson 45: Ether 1-6 Chapter 1 Though things are complicated by the fact that Mosiah (which one?) withheld the Book of Ether from his people (Ether 4:1), it is plausible to think of the book as being like a Book of Mormon for the people of the Book of Mormon. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 44

November 13, 2004 | no comments
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Lesson 44: Mormon 7-9 Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 43

November 2, 2004 | 2 comments
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Lesson 43: Mormon 1-6, Moroni 9 Since I’m putting these together between conferences all over North America, the last lesson and this are not as complete as I would like. My apologies. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 42

October 27, 2004 | 2 comments
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Lesson 42: 3 Nephi 27-30 and 4 Nephi Chapter 27 Verse 6: What does it mean to take Christ’s name upon us? (What sermon in the book of Mormon has the most to say about that?) When we are told to endure to the end, what are we to endure? Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 41

October 21, 2004 | 4 comments
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Lesson 41: 3 Nephi 22-26 I’ll be out of town for each of the next three weekends, but I will try to keep up on the study materials for Gospel Doctrine class. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 40

October 10, 2004 | 5 comments
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Lesson 40: 3 Nephi 16, 20-21 Chapter 16 Verses 8-10, especially 10: Who are the Gentiles? Look at each condition for when these things will happen. What does each mean? Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 39

October 3, 2004 | no comments
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Lesson 39: 3 Nephi 17-19 Chapter 17 Verses 1-3: Does the Savior think what he has said is easy to understand? Are the things he has taught “plain and simpleâ€?? Why haven’t the Nephites understood him well? In what ways are they weak? What does it mean to ponder something? What does it mean to ask the Father for understanding? Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 38

September 19, 2004 | 3 comments
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Lesson 38: 3 Nephi 12-15 This will be one of the longer sets of notes. I would apologize for their length, but even at this length I have left a great deal unexplored. Though I will continue to post following lessons, I will spend more than one week on this material in my class. There are enough extra Sundays at the end that, given where I now am in the lesson materials, I can do so and still finish all of the materials. I’ve not had time to look carefully over this to correct typographical errors, so I apologize... Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 37

September 19, 2004 | no comments
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Lesson 37: 3 Nephi 8-11 Chapter 8 Verses 1-23: Why might there have been so much destruction in this hemisphere at the time of the crucifixion and so little destruction in the other? Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 36

September 13, 2004 | 9 comments
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Lesson 36: 3 Nephi 1-7 We will concentrate on chapters 5-7. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 35

September 4, 2004 | 2 comments
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Lesson 35: Helaman 13-16 Chapter 13 Verses 1,ff: Does the Lord threaten the Nephites through Samuel, telling them to “repent or elseâ€?? If so, how do we understand such a threat? How does it differ from bullying? If not, how are we to understand this kind of prophecy? Verse 5: What does Samuel mean by “the sword of justiceâ€?? Verse 7: What are the glad tidings which the angel brought him and which he hoped the Nephites would receive? Verse 8: Why does the Lord say he will withdraw from them because of the hardness of their hearts rather... Read more »

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