247.2: Apostasy (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 24)

“Be Not Deceived, but Continue in Steadfastness”

It is time to address the tricky topic of individual “apostasy”–falling away from God and the Church. Are the two the same? Can you do one without the other? What does “being deceived” mean in this context? What is the relationship between doubt and apostasy?

The lesson and discussion will address the following topics:

  • The role of the label “apostate” in navigating group boundaries
  • How our gifts and strengths as well as weaknesses risk leading us into apostasy
  • How can we discern truth from error, especially in spiritual contexts?
  • Discuss integrity, both in the sense of honesty (not claiming to be what you aren’t) and in the deeper sense of being true to your best self
  • The relationship between questioning, doubt, and apostasy
  • The relationship between leaving the Church and leaving God and gospel
  • The broader context of young people leaving religion and what we can learn from those trends
  • The need to love and respect those on different paths and how to do so

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Student Reading: D&C 26; 28; 43:1–7; 50; 52:14–19; D&C 28:2, 6–7; 43:1–3; Moroni 7:15–17; 2 Nephi 28:20–22; D&C 6:4–6; D&C 10:26; D&C 84:54; D&C 93:39; D&C 121:37

Additional Teacher Reading: 2 Nephi 2:18, 27; D&C 112:2–3, 10; Ether 12:27; D&C 64:8–11; D&C 82:1; D&C 43; D&C 28:13; D&C 20:65; D&C 42:11; D&C 1:37; D&C 33:16; D&C 52; 3 Nephi 11:29; James 1:27; Alma 1:30


We were fortunate to be joined by Terryl Givens this episode; he, Leslie, Mike and I discuss these crucial topics.


You can access my Reading Notes here.

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



Many thanks to Devin Roth for the beautiful bumper music. Check out his arrangement of hymns and other work at DevinRothMusic!

Thanks to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for his timely and high quality post-production.

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