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Virtual RS/PH: Stand Fast Through the Storms of Life

October 19, 2008
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This week’s lesson is an interesting compilation of horrifying stories of persecution and suffering from the life of Joseph Smith.  Read on if you dare . . .

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Witch-Hunting

October 13, 2008
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Witch-Hunting

Halloween is just around the corner!  Have you ever been on a witch hunt?  Or have you been singled out by a witch hunter?  Here are some tips for all the witch hunters and witches out there.

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Virtual RS/PH #18: Beyond the Veil: Life in the Eternities

October 5, 2008
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Virtual RS/PH #18:  Beyond the Veil: Life in the Eternities

This week’s lesson might sound like a repeat from the previous lesson on Plan of Salvation, but it is much more specifically focused on one of my favorite aspects of our theology:  the 3 degrees of glory.

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What is the Point of Religion?

October 1, 2008
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I read an interesting blog site that posed this very question from a Hindu perspective.  It was thoughtfully worded, so I thought I would include some key excerpts.

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First Families: BOM and Restoration

September 24, 2008
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First Families:  BOM and Restoration

There are some interesting parallels between the first family of the Book of Mormon and the first family of the Restoration (the Smiths).  Coincidence?  Or was Joseph Smith writing about his own family (vs. translating the story of another family)?

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What’s Most Important to You?

September 19, 2008
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We all attend church for various reasons, and in reality, no church can be all things to all people.  Plus, what you get out of church is what you put into it.  So, the purpose of this post is to ask:  What’s most important to you?

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Is Pride the Only Sin?

September 12, 2008
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Is Pride the Only Sin?

Can all sins be reduced to just one sin:  pride?  Is pride essentially the root cause of all sins?

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Virtual RS/PH #17: The Great Plan of Salvation

September 7, 2008
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Virtual RS/PH #17:  The Great Plan of Salvation

A unique facet of Mormonism is our view of God’s plan for his children, or our purpose in life.  Today’s lesson focuses on what JS restored regarding this plan.

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Chakras and the Word of Wisdom

August 31, 2008
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Chakras and the Word of Wisdom

D&C 89:1 refers to the WoW as:  A Word OF Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion—To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints. Huh?  What was the point of the Word…

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In Defense of Apologists

August 26, 2008
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In Defense of Apologists

The term “apologist” is often used derisively like the terms “lawyer,” “statistician,” or “telemarketer.”  Why are apologists so derided?  Is it warranted or just a bum rap?

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Is the Internet a Urim & Thummim?

August 20, 2008
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Is the Internet a Urim & Thummim?

What is a Urim & Thummim, and how will the earth become like one?

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Virtual RS/PH #16: Revelation & the Living Prophet

August 17, 2008
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Virtual RS/PH #16:  Revelation & the Living Prophet

Finally, a lesson that really makes you think!  This is probably my favorite JS lesson this year (no one dies or has to move to Missouri).  For those who are teaching, you may also enjoy the excellent essay at Feast on the Word blog by joespencer.

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Virtual RS/PH #15: Establishing the Cause of Zion

August 10, 2008
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Virtual RS/PH #15:  Establishing the Cause of Zion

Okay, last week I said the death lesson was going to be tough.  Frankly, I think a Zion lesson is no picnic either.  I’m looking ahead though, and there are some better ones on the horizon, so hang in there, teachers!

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Virtual RS/PH #14 – Words of Hope & Consolation @ Time of Death

August 3, 2008
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Virtual RS/PH #14 – Words of Hope & Consolation @ Time of Death

A word to the teachers out there.  I know what you are thinking.  Something like, “Ugh.  I got the death lesson?!”  So, if you have a family event in another ward that might precipitate trading this week, always a good plan.  But for you unlucky suckers who drew the short straw, here goes!

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Spiritual or Just Religious?

July 29, 2008
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Is your spiritual journey the same as your religious journey, or is religion just one of the facets of your spiritual life?

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Becoming a Moderate Mormon

July 23, 2008
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Becoming a Moderate Mormon

We’ve established that there are conservative Mormons (obviously) and there are liberal or “new order” Mormons.  Taking the politico-religious rhetoric to its next logical conclusion, I’d like to make a case for moderate (or independent) Mormonism.

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The Genetics of Sin

July 15, 2008
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The Genetics of Sin

There is a lot being done in the medical field to help patients understand their genetic predisposition toward certain ailments.  Isn’t the same true for spiritual ailments?  Don’t we inherit some of these same tendencies from our parents and their parents and so on? 

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Obedience: Virtual RS/PH #13

July 13, 2008
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Obedience:  Virtual RS/PH #13

Welcome to the second virtual co-ed 3rd hour.  This week’s lesson is a topic that is often a seething hotbed of Mormon Matters controversy:  “Obedience:  When the Lord Commands, Do It.”

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Paul: Apostle, Misogynist?

July 8, 2008
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Paul:  Apostle, Misogynist?

“I’m not bad.  I’m just drawn that way.”  Jessica Rabbit Plenty of criticism is heaped on post-restoration church leaders.  There seems to be a tendency to hold them up against an impossible and inaccurate standard of perfection while giving a pass to figures in the Old and New Testaments.  But is that fair?  Wouldn’t OT & NT leaders have the same shortcomings when viewed from our “enlightened” modern perspective?

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Virtual Co-Ed RS/PH: Missionary Work (Lesson 12)

July 6, 2008
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Virtual Co-Ed RS/PH:  Missionary Work (Lesson 12)

Welcome to the first ever Virtual Co-ed Relief Society/Priesthood Lesson (at MM anyway)!  Here’s why you should join the discussion: Virtual – you can participate whether or not you actually attended church Co-Ed – you can hear perspectives from both men & women Spiritual + Intellectual – some would like more intellectual content at church; others would like more spiritual content at MM.  It’s like chocolate & peanut butter. Non-LDS Perspective – we may hear non-LDS commenter viewpoints (welcome to all!) Advance Lesson Prep – those who are teaching RS/PH may find some insights for their lessons.

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