Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27: 1Ki 12-14, 2 Chr 17:1-10 & 20:1-30 (Updated!)

First off, this lesson is coming in two parts. The first part is below. I've got to get up early tomorrow for some travel, but I wanted to post this. I'll try to type the second part (some principles about Solomon's temple and revelation in general) while traveling, and get it added to  the bottom of the post early afternoon. So, check back. The second part has been added.This is where the golden age United Kingdom of David splits into the Divided Kingdom, and things generally start going … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine lesson 26: King Solomon, 1 Kings 3-11

Stele with hands upraised in prayer and worship to a representation of the moon, found at Hazor.

We skip chapters to move into Kings today, but I'd like to recap the history.David had virtually passed sentence upon himself and his house in 2Sa 12:5-6, "As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die;  he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity." (NRS)When Nathan says to him, "Now the LORD has put away your sin; you shall not die" he's not absolving him of adultery and murder per se (as the JST would take it), as much as … [Read more...]

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

Artist's depiction of David looking NE over the Kidron Valley.

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...]