3 Nephi 16-21—This lesson deals entirely with the gathering of Israel. Why did the Savior spend time explaining this to the people? Why does the gathering of Israel matter to us today? What role do Gentiles play in the scattering and gathering of Israel. Brad Lammi is back in the saddle with us.
Alma 32-34—Alma gives his great treatise on faith and the nurturing of testimony. How can we “experiment” on the word of God? How can the word of God take root in our hearts? Frankly, there’s more material here than one lesson can handle, and for our part, far more material than we can discuss in a quick podcast. Still, amazing stuff!
Alma 30 & 31—It’s a lesson on some of the darker corners of the kingdom! Korihor comes and stirs up trouble. What exactly is an anti-Christ? Alma leads a delegation to the Zoramites. While we harp on Rameumptom and the like, what about how the Zoramites do not speak of the things of God unless they are at church? That’s a very interesting bit of their theology that we don’t talk about. Dustin Homer is here to make sense of all of it for us. He’s smarter than Geoff.
Alma 17-22—Classic stories of the sons of Mosiah’s missionary efforts among the Lamanites, including Ammon and Lamoni, Aaron and Lamoni’s dad, and other stuff. But how did they go about this work? With a rubric? With a checklist? No. They did it through service and love. There are powerful lessons to take home from this discussion if we get past surface-level stuff. Cameron Poulter is with us.
Mosiah 7-11 – TWiM co-host Al Doan joins the Bonanza this week as we break down the journey of Ammon, the record of the people of Zeniff, and transition into a charming king named Noah who has a run-in with the prophet Adinadi. Major Book of Mormon plot points here, folks. But we also talk about the importance of seers, overcoming endemic hatred, avoiding overzealousness, and allowing faith to work miracles in our hearts.
Jacob 5-6 – TWiM’s own Al Doan joins us to talk about the famed Allegory of the Olive Trees (yes, “trees,” plural). So what’s the allegory all about? What symbols did the prophet Zenos use in the story? What’s the point of the whole thing? We’ll cover all of it in this week’s Sunday School Bonanza lesson.
2 Nephi 9-10 – Jacob shares unparalleled counsel about the nature of the atonement, and how we can be redeemed from spiritual and physical death. Jacob counsels us regarding attitudes and actions that can enable us to or prevent us from receiving all of the blessings of the atonement. Al Doan is with us, yo.
Revelation 5-6; 19-22 – Our final New Testament episode! John witnesses six of the seven seals, or time periods, leading up to the final dispensation and the Second Coming of Christ. Why is it important that Satan be bound during the Millennium? Why not just be done with it? Final battles and judgment will occur. In all of this, the Book of Revelation is a positive, inspiring book that helps us understand our place in the eternities. Bill Doolittle is with us to cap it all off.
Philippians, Colossians, Philemon – Patricia Doxey is back with us to talk about what makes these later Pauline epistles different from those that precede them. What is the “admonition of Paul”? Why did Paul need to correct the practices of the Colossians? How can we remember to keep our focus on Christ in our worship?
Matthew 25 – Patricia Doxey joins us to talk about the parable of the ten virgins, the parable of the talents, and the parable of the sheep and goats. How can we prepare for the second coming? Why does Jesus put so much value on serving others and developing our talents?