179: Agency and Opposition (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 6)

February 2, 2016

Engaging Gospel Doctrine

“Free to Choose Liberty and Eternal Life”


These two chapters touch on some of the most important questions and yearnings in human experience: Do we have a choice? Are we free? Why is life so hard? Why must we suffer? Can we have the good without experiencing the bad? What do “good” and “bad” mean, anyway?


Class Member Reading: 2 Nephi 1-2


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The Joy of Living the Great Plan of Happiness, Elder Richard G. Scott

Eve, Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Free Will Worth Wanting, Daniel Dennett on Philosophy Bites

Sam Harris on the (absence of) Free Will

Rider/Elephant Metaphor explained by Jonathan Haidt

The Surprising Science of Happiness, TED talk by Dan Gilbert

The Habits of Happiness, TED talk by Matthieu Ricard