081.1: The Fall; OT Lesson 4 (Core)

January 22, 2014

Engaging Gospel Doctrine

“Because of My Transgression My Eyes Are Opened”

We can appreciate the story of Adam and Eve on many levels. It is a story about human nature, about making hard choices, about growing up. This episode explores the role of the Fall in LDS culture and theology, contrasts it with the idea of “original sin”, and comments on the assigned reading, focusing on the themes of agency, maturing, and overcoming the weaknesses of human nature.

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Class Member Reading:Moses 4; 5:1-15; 6:48-62; 2 Nephi 2:22–23; 9:6-10; Genesis 3:16–23

Additional Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20–22; 2 Nephi 2:5–30; Helaman 14:15–18; D&C 19:15–19; 29:34–44; Articles of Faith 1:2; “Fall of Adam,” Bible Dictionary

Other Reading: Genesis 2; 3

Heidi and Justin contribute a rewarding discussion.

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)


Lesson Part 1

0:00        Introduction

9:01        Assigned Reading

19:55     Adam and Eve Reflecting on the Fall

24:13     Theodicy and Living in a Fallen World

Discussion Part 1

30:49     Discussion Intros and Associations with the Fall

45:17     LDS understanding of Paradoxical Commandments

55:57     Meanings taken from the Fall


The Fall

Human Nature, Morality, and Free Will



Thanks to William Newman for content editing and James Estrada for audio editing, and to to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.