Have you ever noticed that we almost never hear about failure in the Church? The stories we do hear are uplifting, because the mistakes or seeming-failure lead to even better outcomes.
Yet the gospel teaches us there is power, even necessity, in acknowledging our mistakes and weakness (Ether 12:27). This episode discusses the paradoxical importance of building Zion from a place of acknowledging mistakes, weakness, and failure, as well as the importance of correct interpretation and assignment of accountability.
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- “Waiting for the Word of the Lord”: This article discusses the crisis created by early persecution of the Saints in Jackson County, Missouri, and the role that revelation played in the Saints’ response.
- “The Acceptable Offering of Zion’s Camp”: This article uses the perspective of Nathan Baldwin to help tell the story of Zion’s Camp.
- “Revelation, 16–17 December 1833 [D&C 101]”: This page from the Joseph Smith Papers website gives in-depth historical background for Doctrine and Covenants 101.
Thanks to Trent Oliphant for editing the updated episode.