292.3: Friendship (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 23, Study Notes)

“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:

II. Scholarship

  • Jonathan and David’s love and friendship in literary perspective
  • The historical Jonathan and David
  • What do we learn from these stories?
  • What can we draw from the disparity between these accounts?

III. Study Notes

  • Return to the reading
  • Friendships and social norms
  • Boundary navigating in friendships

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Class Member Reading: 1 Samuel 1819202324

Additional Reading: 1 Samuel 14:1-162 Samuel 1

Other Reading: 1 Samuel 31


Jen and Rebecca continue the discussion.


You can access the Assigned Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)




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 

(The interview can no longer be accessed, which is sad!) 

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

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