249.1: Trials, Mistakes, and Failure (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27, Updated)

“They Must Needs Be Chastened and Tried, Even as Abraham”


Have you ever noticed that we almost never hear about failure in the Church? The stories we do hear are uplifting, because the mistakes or seeming-failure lead to even better outcomes.

Yet the gospel teaches us there is power, even necessity, in acknowledging our mistakes and weakness (Ether 12:27). This episode discusses the paradoxical importance of building Zion from a place of acknowledging mistakes, weakness, and failure, as well as the importance of correct interpretation and assignment of accountability.


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Thanks to Trent Oliphant for editing the updated episode.