Lesson 3: The Fall of Adam and Eve

Lesson 3: The Fall of Adam and Eve

Key Concept: The fall of Adam and Eve allowed each of us to enter into mortality.

Key Scriptures: Genesis 1:28; 2:16–17 (Moses 2:28; 3:16–17); 2 Nephi 2:19–20, 22–25; Moses 4:6–12.

20120115 lesson 3 Presentation and Notes

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Lesson 2: Agency: The Power to Choose

A discussion of our moral agency — a gift given before the foundation of the world — and its relation to each of us as Heavenly Father’s children. The importance of understanding how our choices influence who we are and what we become, and a conversation about how we are not free to choose the consequences of our choices.

Principles of Agency

Law Knowledge of the Law Opposition — Good and Evil Freedom of Choice [...]

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Thoughts on Doctrine and Covenants 10:45-52

Verses 46-52 are some of the most interesting scriptures I’ve read lately. I’d not spent much time thinking about the way in which the specific teachings and stories of the Book of Mormon were abridged until I read this recently. What the Lord says here, is that the prophets who are in the abridgment specifically prayed that the tenets of the gospel they concentrated on would reach our day. The Lord grants that prayer (verse [...]

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Several backdated reviews

Author/Title: Anthony Powell. A Dance to the Music of Time (Part 1). Format: Audio (Unabridged) Rating (of 5): 2.7

I’m trying hard to enjoy these as they come so highly recommended, and I admit there are times when the story engrosses me. But 40 pages illustrating the mechanics of greetings at a party demonstrate not only omniscience in a character which would be difficult to portray in real life without having everyone about you worried [...]

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Review: The Dalai Lama’s “Beyond Religion”

Author/Title: The Dalai Lama. Beyond Religion. Format: Audio (Unabridged) Rating (of 5): 2.7

Honestly, I think the idea behind the book has some merit: reach out to those folks to whom the very notion of religion is a turnoff and begin talking to them about behaving ethically and considering “deeper” matters when going about the world around them. The problem though is that groundless ethics are, well, groundless. I personally floundered for quite some time [...]

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Review: A Canticle for Liebowitz

Author/Title: Walter Miller. A Canticle for Liebowitz. Format: Paperback. Rating (of 5): 2.8

I think I’ve outgrown the dystopia books to some extent and so it took me a while before I really cottoned on to this one. It shaped up though as a real struggle between moral relativism and grounded, religion-based (in this case a modified Catholic Christian) ethical systems. Played on a repeating stage of holocaust and redemption with an interleaving plot through [...]

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There and Back Again

Title: The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien Format: Audiobook (Unabridged). Rob Inglis, narrator. Rating: 3.9

As always, revisiting the classics brings a little something new to the table and this work with Tolkien’s precursor to the Lord of the Rings is no different. This go round I was especially stuck by the idyllic ideals to which the Hobbits are meant to fasten. Admittedly, Bilbo’s Tookish side drives much of his adventure, but I think the push to [...]

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The Infancy Narratives

Review: The Birth of the Messiah. Raymond E. Brown Format: Paperback. Doubleday, 1979. Rating (of 5): 3.8

Ever since my first religion class at the UNC, I have been interested in the works of Fr Brown. While I definitely do not agree with everything that he has to say, you cannot argue that his exegesis of the New Testament is dedicated, well-reasoned, and impeccably researched. Right now, I am working on a talk regarding the [...]

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On George Fox

Title: The Journal of George Fox. George Fox. Format: Audiobook, Unabridged. Rating (out of 5): 3.1

I’ve had this on my list to read ever since I read James Michener’s Chesapeake. I wanted to understand more about the Friends movement and how it has impacted the development of the nation. Certainly, this was covered in The Kingdom of God in America, but there’s a lot to be said by going to the source. Worth the [...]

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The universal and personal message of the Gospel

The gospel of Jesus Christ is both universe and personal. In my recent work on the nativity sections of the scriptures, I have been paying special attention to the means by which the gospel is delivered, but also how it is taken by the recipient. One of the best illustrations of this is Mary in the synoptic gospels. Privileged as she is at receiving the news of her Son from an angel, and at the [...]

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