281.3: Trials and Providence (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 12, Study Notes)

“Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction”


Joseph gets into some tight spots, but even when things are hard, they work out for the best. How does that line up with our lives? Our trials can help us grow, but can they ever break us? In this second portion I provide some historical and literary background to the Joseph narrative, and then Jody and I dig into the challenging questions relating to Providence.


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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


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

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



Lesson Part 2: Scholarship

0:00        Overview

2:03        The composition of Josephs Story

Lesson Part 3: Study Notes

9:07        Real Life

15:54     Provident Living

Discussion Part 3

16:49     Caution with Josephs Happy Ending

31:48     Unhappy Endings

43:55     Easy vs. Hard Forgiveness

47:54     In What Ways and How Much does God Intervene




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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