When I picked up my manual to prepare to teach Gospel Doctrine this Sunday, I figured it would be a lesson about the spirit of Elijah (second week = section 2 = turning hearts, etc). I was surprised and delighted to find that Lesson 2 is instead about the atonement, highlighting powerhouse passages in Doctrine & Covenants sections 19, 76, 88, and 93. While reading the material I was reminded of a favorite quote from Chieko Okazaki on the topic and had a hankering to share it.
The Joseph Smith manual had one of my favorite quotes in it this week: â€œI say to all those who are disposed to set up stakes [limits] for the Almighty, You will come short of the glory of God. To become a joint heir of the heirship of the Son, one must put away all his false traditions.â€
After almost three years, we’ve just about made it all the way through the Bible in felt. These have been great FHEs for us. Now I need something new.
Three excellent quotes from this week’s Sunday School lesson: Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can.
The gospel doctrine lesson on Alma 43-52 proposed four principles of war as waged by the righteous:
This week I went to an excellent lecture on inequality. Clayne Pope, retiring economist, pointed out that while income inequality in the U.S. has been pretty close to the same for the last 200 years, leisure-time is now concentrated more heavily among the poor, while education inequality and lifespan inequality have both dropped like a rock. These are great things, wonderful even. Unfortunately, I fear that improvement in Sunday School comment inequality may well be stagnant.
Nothing exciting here, just an administrative note: I’ve been posting materials for studying the Sunday School lesson materials on Times and Seasons for a while. However,
Lesson 46: Daniel 2
Lesson 45: Daniel 1, 3, and 6; Esther 3-5, 7-8
Lesson 43: Ezekiel 18, 34, and 37
Lesson 42: Jeremiah 16, 23, 29, 31
Lesson 41: Jeremiah 1-2, 15, 20, 26, 36-38
Lesson 40: Isaiah 54-56, 63-65
Lesson 39: Isaiah 50-53
Lesson 38: Isaiah 40-49
Lesson 37: Isaiah 22, 23, 24-26, 27, 28-30
Lesson 36: Isaiah 1-6
Lesson 35: Amos 3, 7-9; Joel 2-3
Lesson 34: Hosea 1-3; 11; 13-14
We’ve finally read the entire Book of Mormon as a family, all of us (those that can read, anyway) taking turns verse by verse. It only took us four and a half years, and we’re ready to do it again.
Lesson 33: Jonah 1-4; Micah 2, 4-7 This is another long set of study notes.
Lesson 32: Job WARNING: This may set the record for the length of my scripture study posts.
Lesson 31: Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
Lesson 30: 2 Chronicles 29-30; 32; 34
Lesson 29: 2 Kings 2, 5-6
Lesson 28: 1 Kings 17-19