116.2: Redemptive Suffering; OT Lesson 39 (Study Notes)

“How Beautiful upon the Mountains”


Class Member Reading: Isaiah 50; 51; 52; 53; Matthew 26:39; Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 2:16-18; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Nephi 19:9; Mosiah 15:10-13; Mosiah 16:9; Alma 7:11-13; Alma 34:10

Additional Reading: Mosiah 14; 15

Other Reading: None


Past episodes have covered the Atonement and suffering, so this lesson specifically explores the ways our suffering can be redemptive. This section of the podcast covers:

  • The “Servant Songs” in historical context
  • Vicarious sacrifice in Jewish tradition
  • Suffering Messiah
  • Jesus down the rabbit hole
  • Suffering and accountability


Rebecca and Jason continue discussing this important topic.


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF). (I accidentally saved over my Study Notes comments. Oops).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)




Related past episodes

005: Book of Mormon Lesson 28: Alma 32-35

028: Doctrine & Covenants Lesson 2: Jesus Christ

056: Trials, Failure, and Purpose. D&C and Church History 27

057: Suffering; D&C and Church History 28

Carlfred Broderick’s answer to why children suffer, Ensign 1986

The Purifying Power of Gethsemane, Elder McConkie

Theologizing in the Presence of Burning Children: From Theodicy to Lament, Jacob Baker

The Uses of Suffering, Sandra Strange, Ensign 1987

Your Sorrow Shall be Turned to Joy; Elder Robert Hales

That They Might Know Thee, Elder Keith Edwards


Thanks to James Estrada for postproduction and to Steven Nelson for the bumper music!

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