250.2: Suffering and Pain (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28)

“O God, Where Art Thou?”

Why? Why me? Why my loved one? Why any of us? Where is God? There are no more poignant questions in life. This may prove to be the most important episode we even produce, as it explores our deepest question–why life is so hard. So unfair. So painful. This lesson and discussion will explore:

  • Confronting the scope of suffering
  • Suffering in the scriptures
  • What does the nature of suffering teach us about God? (theodicy)
  • Coping with our own suffering
  • Others’ suffering: Comforting and Mourning with those in need


The discussion is long, but well worth listening to. Natasha, Nathan, Jacob and Berta provide expert and experienced engagement with these difficult topics.


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Student ReadingD&C 121:1–33; 122; Our Heritage, pages 45–53; Alma 7:11–12; D&C 19:16–19; D&C 98:12, 14–15; 101:1–2, 4; 136:31; D&C 58:2–5; Isaiah 53:5–6; Hebrews 2:17–18; Alma 7:11–12; D&C 88:6

Teacher ReadingD&C 121; 123; 2 Nephi 9:21; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Peter 5:6–11; D&C 127:2; 2 Nephi 2:11; Alma 32:5–6; 62:41; Helaman 12:1–3; D&C 24:8; D&C 31:9; D&C 54:10; Alma 17:11; D&C 98:1; D&C 98:11; D&C 101:36–38; D&C 98:13; Alma 62:49–51; Luke 9:24; Galatians 6:2; Alma 36:3; D&C 3:8; D&C 24:8; D&C 112:13; Jacob 3:1; Mosiah 24:13–14; Alma 36:27; D&C 103:12; D&C 127:4; D&C 98:3; D&C 90:24; D&C 100:15; 2 Nephi 2:2; Romans 8:28; D&C 19:23


You can access my Reading Notes here.

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


Please continue the conversation by posting your questions and comments here, in the facebook group, or email them to me at MormonSundaySchool at gmail.


Jacob Baker gets his own subcategory for his series of poignant and powerful BCC posts

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 quality post-production, and to Trent Oliphant for updating the episode.

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