Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine lesson 2

Lesson 2 of the Book of Mormon is now online.  It discusses Lehi’s theophany (experiencing God on his throne), compares his ascension experience with the Ascension of Isaiah.  It also shows Lehi as Abraham and Nephi as Isaac/Jacob.

Read there / comment here!

2 thoughts on “Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine lesson 2

  1. These are excellent study guides, rame. Keep them coming. I’ve been looking forward to this year in Gospel Doctrine. I think this year I’ll actually read the lessons and pay attention. My main goal is to come to terms with a book I believe to be true, but which I also consider to be extremely depressing.

    Not to oversimplify, but to me the BoM is the story of a wonderful civilization with infinite spiritual and societal potential, which eventually squanders everything. Being a political junkie, I can’t help but compare the Nephite and Jaredite civilization to the USA. And spiritually, it’s tough for me to read a story that is played out all too often (most of the time, in fact) on both the societal and personal levels. To me, the book is sort of the Where the Red Fern Grows of religious literature.

    That said, I love the Book of Mormon and understand that it’s the keystone of our religion. I’m hoping that an organized study of the book this year will reinforce my testimony of it, clarify my (perhaps flawed) perceptions of it, and lend context to make it interesting for me again. Your first two lesson guides have helped with that.

  2. I often get depressed when I hit Mormon’s book and Ether, as well. Thankfully, the short book of Moroni kind of takes it up a notch again before the ending.

    That said, imagine the experience God goes through when he has to destroy or allow his children to be destroyed for their wickedness. Part of learning to be like God is to learn to experience the emotions he experiences. And that includes deep, God-like sorrow.

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