104.2: Wicked and Righteous Leaders; OT Lesson 27 (Study Notes)

The Influence of Wicked and Righteous Leaders

As human beings, we are attuned to authority, and leaders can inspire us to do things we otherwise would not–for good and ill. This lesson uses the examples of kings of Israel and Judah to teach lessons on leadership. This section covers:

II. Scholarship

  • Cast of Characters
  • Return to the Reading

III. Study Notes

  •  Leadership in the LDS Church
  • Benefits and dangers of leadership and authority
  • Men, women and leadership
  • Obedience and Conscience

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Class Member Reading: 1 Kings 12; 13; 14; 2 Chronicles 10:7; 17; 20

Additional Reading: 1 Kings 11:26-40; 2 Kings 17:20-23

Other Reading: Luke 22:24-27; Mark 9:33-37; 10:42-44;  D&C 121

Nadine and Ray add experienced voices to the class.

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).


The Divided Kingdom, Discovering the Old Testament 

How Great Leaders Inspire, TED Talk playlist (with the quotes included in the lesson)

10 Great TED Talks for Leaders 

The Milgram Experiment and LDS Culture, RationalFaiths post

The Milgram Experiment today 

“One Man Rule” in Warren Jeffs’ FLDS Church 


Thanks to Jim Henderson for content editing and to James Estrada for audio post-production. As always, thanks to Steven Nelson for the bumper music!

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