216: Utopia and Collapse (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 42)

“This Is My Gospel”

These chapters include an account of the happiest, most righteous, productive years in all of Book of Mormon history, the model utopian society that endured almost two hundred years after Jesus’ appearance. Unfortunately,  we only read about that time period (which surpasses the time covered by Mosiah, Alma, Helaman, and 3 Nephi!) for eighteen brief verses. Why don’t we have more about this ideal period? How much could we learn from such a successful society? What can we apply from the details we have?

In addition to talking about this Zion society, we will also discuss:

  • The Three Nephites!
  • Fun thought exercise: If you could ask God for any “desire of your heart”, what would it be? What do you think are reasonable constraints for this question?
  • The idea of “gospel” and “Church” of Jesus Christ
  • The sobering end-times admonitions in 3 Nephi 29-30

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This episode is longer than the rest, but the wide ranging, engaging and satisfying discussion with Sara, Jenne, and Carl is worth “staying after class” for!

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

Here are links to some of the things mentioned in our conversation:

Please feel free to continue the discussion here, in our facebook group, or email comments and questions to me at MormonSundaySchool at gmail.

Many thanks to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for his hard work in postproduction and to Trent Oliphant for reissuing the episode.

Art by Blaire Ostler

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