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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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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The Time Has Come

Recently we have been counseled to not shy from entering the conversations swirling around us with regards to religion, and the role of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in these times. I wholeheartedly admit that I have been afraid of entering too deeply into the discussion, because I know just how rough the internet can be. I don’t want to be dragged through the mud, and I certainly don’t want anything I [...]

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Job and the Tree of Life

Review: The Tree of Life. Terrence Malick. Format: Film. Viewing: Aircraft. UA963 (FRA->IAD). Thanks United. Rating (of 5): 3.0

This is my first Malick film and as I sit here typing this out, about half an hour after having watched it, I think it’s something that I’ll be thinking on for some time. That means it’s a good one. What bothers me, or maybe bothers is the wrong term, “worries” is better. What worries me [...]

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Evangelists and the Christmas Story

Title: An Adult Christ at Christmas: Essays on the Three Biblical Christmas Stories, Matthew 2 and Luke 2. Fr Raymond E. Brown. Format: Paperback Rating (of 5): 4.0

I am currently working on a presentation on our Savior, Jesus Christ, for the Christmas season. While Fr Brown is not LDS, his insight into the New Testament is second to none. I appreciate his understanding of the cross-references and symbolism employed by the evangelists, and has [...]

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Greater Lives…

The plan for the Great Lives program has been approved by the ward council. Great news I know. I am working with our stake public relations specialist to make sure that we get the word out and we work to do the Firesides at different buildings each time. This Thursday evening is a meeting to help work out some of the specifics.

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Review: The Canon of the New Testament

Review: The Canon of the New Testament>. Bruce Metzger. Format: Audio (Unabridged). Props to Audible. Rating (of 5): 3.5

Metzger’s got a great piece of scholarship which accurately portrays the process (disjointed as it might seem) by which the canon as w have it has come into being. As an LDS member, I tend to add much more to the story in my suppositions, but this is of course not fair to the author and [...]

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Academics and the Conveyance of the Gospel

As I am currently working on Bruce Metzger’s Canon of the New Testament I am impressed to write on what I see as some of the common misunderstandings of the academic approach to religious literature and to the Christian Canon specifically. Certainly, the attention to detail and depth of the academic work is always there, but much of the functioning of the Church seems to be missing when performing analyses.

Metzger insists on discussing the [...]

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