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Restitution: A Lesson From the Anti-Nephi-Lehies

Posted by NathanG on February 18, 2014

When I hear the word restitution, images come to mind of listing all my sins and coming up with ways to pay each and every person I have offended, and to pay back with interest.  Until this is completely accomplished, I cannot confidently approach God and ask for forgiveness.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Individuals of Zion

Posted by NathanG on February 17, 2013

I’ve recently heard a few comments regarding how the gospel is so focused on the individual.  I wonder just how much focus is really on the individual, as opposed to a focus beyond the individual, which I’ll loosely refer to as the community.  The community can take many forms such as the people we live around, who we work with, our ward, our family, our culture, or Zion. Why is there such a desire for the gospel to be about the individual?  Is there any potential danger to remaining focused on the individual?  Likewise, is there any advantage to considering the gospel from a community perspective?  What are the dangers of a community model of gospel living?

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The Missing Rs of Repentance

Posted by NathanG on May 6, 2012

Throughout my life, repentance has been taught many times by the 4 Rs: recognition, remorse, restitution, and resolve.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Lehi’s Dream, Variation 3

Posted by NathanG on November 10, 2011

1 Nephi contains three different versions of Lehi’s vision of the tree of life.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The End Of All Scripture Study

Posted by NathanG on September 12, 2011

The other night I struggled through a portion of Paul’s writings and was feeling a bit smug that I had successfully made sense of what he was trying to say.  Later, as I was mentally patting myself on my back, I thought, “Now how does this actually help me?” Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Lesson 22: “The Gifts of the Spirit” (Gospel Principles Manual)

Posted by NathanG on November 14, 2010

This lesson refers primarily to D&C 46 which discusses many of the same gifts as in 1 Cor. 12 and Moroni 10. Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Lesson 20: “Baptism”

Posted by NathanG on October 10, 2010

Why must we be baptized? Read the rest of this entry »

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Gospel scholarship

Posted by NathanG on August 6, 2010

I have the opportunity to give an Enrichment lesson on gospel scholarship.  I thought I would pose a couple questions to people who are definitely more experienced than I in this subject. Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Lesson 14: “Priesthood Organization” (Gospel Principles Manual)

Posted by NathanG on July 11, 2010

This lesson is particularly long and it would be difficult to adequately address all aspects of this lesson in the short time that is usually available for a priesthood or relief society lesson.  While the last lesson deals with what the priesthood is, this contains much of the nuts and bolts of how the priesthood is organized today.  For the new member it is going to introduce a lot of terms with definitions that don’t always align well with what their experience may have been in other churches.  For a priesthood quorum of seasoned members of the church this will be a repeat of what is often a yearly lesson.   Good luck to those with the task of leading a discussion on this topic. Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Lesson 13: “The Priesthood” (Gospel Principles Manual)

Posted by NathanG on July 4, 2010

This lesson provides a transition from discussing the basis of the plan of salvation to how the plan is fulfilled in our lives.  We will discuss the priesthood this week and the organization of the priesthood next week.  Read the rest of this entry »

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