281.2: Trials and Providence (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 12, Sunday School)

“Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction”


The masterfully written story of Joseph in Egypt is like nothing else in the Bible–it can actually be described as a novella. This touching account also engages with fundamental life questions: What contributes to success? How can our trials and suffering be for our good? How do we find meaning in life? And perhaps most profoundly, how much and in what ways does God intervene in our lives?


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Class Member Reading: Genesis 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45; D&C 64:8-11

Additional Reading: 2 Nephi 2:2; D&C 122:5-9

Other Reading: Review Genesis 39


Gina, Jody, and Steven contribute a thoughtful discussion.


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).

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



Lesson Part 1

0:00        Announcements and overview

4:33        Assigned Reading

21:00     Trials for our Good, Forgiveness and Preparedness

Discussion Part 1

36:12     Intro and Nature of Sunday School Discourse

41:16     Joseph’s Story

56:10     How do we respond to tough trials?

1:11:27  How about negative outcomes?

1:16:45  Communities to lift us, and ground us

1:21:10  Personal Stories

1:39:13  Forgiveness and Preventing Harm

1:54:02  Provident Living


Thanks to William Newman for content editing, James Estrada for audio postproduction, and as always to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.

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