257.1: Handcart Companies (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 35, Updated)

“A Mission of Saving”


As humans, we want everything to make sense. We crave simple narratives with clear origins and meanings. Even when tragedy strikes, we seek the simple moral, takeaway, or unexpected gift.

But the truth is, life is far messier than that. Tragedy comes from a variety of sources, including our own limitations and mistakes. But even so, there are lessons to be learned, and we are called to rescue each other. This updated episode explores these themes in the context of a discussion of the Handcart Companies who crossed the plains.


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