Update and Notes: Podcast Transcripts, Holy Land posts, and Jacksonville Fireside in mid-July

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I took the MCAT this week, and anticipate having more time to write now. Several notes:First, it was brought to my attention that while my podcast files and posts are still there, the transcripts are not. This link is a zip file of all the podcast transcripts I've been able to locate. (Breanne, I've found more than you received previously.)Second, I've added a dedicated page for my Genesis book, with more details, translation samples, and short linked bibliography.  I've also started … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine lesson 25- Psalms


Psalms is one of those many books we have a strong tradition... of ignoring.  Yet, said President Benson, "The psalms in the Old Testament have a special food for the soul of one in distress." Besides being a good source of peaceful meditation, spirituality, and poetry (and occasional challenges), Psalms is one of the most-often quoted books in the New Testament. Psalm 110, in fact, is the most alluded-to passage in the New Testament. The other two books quoted most often are Deuteronomy and … [Read more...]

Short Gospel Doctrine lesson 24- 2 Samuel 11-12, Psalm 51

First, take a look at my separate post on Psalm 51. Second, here is my podcast on these chapters. I strongly recommend taking a listen/look, because it's the counterbalance to what is below. … [Read more...]

A Song and a Psalm for the Sabbath: Psalm 51

Psalm 51 gets a special mention with this weeks readings, so I've set it off with this post I've been holding for this week.Every Sunday when the sacrament comes around, I pull out my scriptures and read Psalm 51. chonneni 'elohim kechasdeycha, kerov rachemeycha, mechey pesha'ai... … [Read more...]

Short Gospel Doctrine lesson 23: 1 Samuel 18-24

Saul and David, by Rembrandt

Here's the podcast on these chapters, with some useful notes.The purpose of this lesson is to focus on the friendship between David and Jonathan, but the narrative is primarily about David trying to avoid being killed. The guy trying to kill him is no other than his father-in-law Saul (since he married Michal), who is also Jonathan's father.  Your in-laws don't seem so bad now, eh?Along the lines of "friendship" it's worth pointing out that Joseph Smith said "Friendship is the grand fu … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 22: 1 Samuel 9-17

David and Goliath, Sistine Chapel

I don't have enough time this week to write about everything I wished, (trying to finish my medical application by Monday), so go listen to my  podcast here where I talk about David, Goliath, and the Philistines. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 21: 1Samuel 1-3, 8 (updated)


First, here is my podcast for this lesson. Now, as we move into books like Samuel and Kings that are more historical in nature, we need to discuss just what that means. How should we read and understand these? … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine 20- Ruth and Samuel 1 (updated!)

Today, I guess we're focusing entirely on Ruth, and then just on a small section of Ruth. (I'd really like to write a long article for Ruth as I did for Judah and Tamar, but my list of projects is long.) Ruth is a short and masterful novella. If you haven't read it yet, give it a quick read. It's four chapters, minimal characters. I'll assume you know the story for the rest of this post. Update But I do have a podcast on Samuel 1, here! … [Read more...]