292.2: Friendship (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 23, Sunday School)

“The Lord Be Between Thee and Me For Ever”


The story of the faithful friendship between Jonathan and David, destined political opponents who instead became dear friends, is a masterpiece of storytelling. Once again, these powerful examples rest on historical realities far more complex and even troubling. This portion of the episode discusses:

  • What these stories tell us about friendship (focusing on Saul, Michal, Jonathan and David)
  • Friendship’s counterpoint: Jealousy and hatred
  • Deep discussion of friendship
    • Importance of friendship
    • Friendship in a gospel context
    • Friendship with God
    • How can we be better friends?
  • Conclusion


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Class Member Reading: 1 Samuel 18, 19, 20, 23, 24

Additional Reading: 1 Samuel 14:1-16; 2 Samuel 1

Other Reading: 1 Samuel 31


Jen and Rebecca join the discussion.


You can access the Assigned Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)


Provisional link to the Lesson (until we can post to iTunes) 



Friendship: A Gospel Principle, Elder Jensen 

Beware of Pride, President Benson 

What makes a true friend? Psychology today 

Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam 

CSPAN conversation about Bowling Alone 

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability  (worth linking to again)

How fatherhood rewires the male brain 


Since this is the 100th episode, I also wanted to link to an interview I did with Exploring Sainthood that discusses the podcast, among other topics. Be aware it fits more into the “Study Notes” tone, which is why I did not include it in our feed. But do take a listen if you are interested.

Exploring Sainthood Interview, Part I 

Exploring Sainthood Interview, Part II 


Thanks to James Estrada for post-production, and as always to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.


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