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The lesson opens with the following quote:
This quote alone could serve as a discussion base for an entire lesson. It begs big and interesting questions. Here are a few.
- For some it seems that we are not allowed to govern ourselves, but rather that the church and its leaders govern for us. Do you think this is true? In your life, do you feel that you govern yourself? Whether, yes or no, how does this make you feel? (Empowered? Happy? Controlled? Frustrated?)
- What are correct principles? And how do we learn them? (from the church manuals and teaching? The scriptures? General Conference? Our Bishops? Our own prayer and revelation? Temple attendance?) Contradictory themes abound among these tools; how do we decide which tools to use and how are sure that we are learning correct principles? What do we do when others learn in different ways?
Teachers Note 1
- Chapter 4: The Use and Abuse of Scriptures, which discuss the various contradictions we see in scripture and in church teaching – and what to do about it.
- Chapter 6: The Ring of Pharaoh, discussing the fallibility of church leaders and God’s anointed – and how to navigate this truth while stay believing.
- Chapter 8, Find Your Water Place, exploring how individuals can find their own place of spiritual fulfillment and insight.