I'm also being a little selfish. I'm sure I'll be on the hook to teach some of these lessons and after looking over the first month of lessons I'm struggling a bit to find something of value in the provided material. I'd like to get some help finding the babies in the bathwater. I'd like to find faith promoting things in the official materials, any sources that can provide additional context, or in stories from people outside of church that support principles being taught in the lesson.
Lesson 1: Doctrine and Covenants 1
I didn't get much out of the lesson material. Many talking points were focused on establishing the church, leaders, and the D&C as authoritative sources for the voice of the lord. There's also language in the material (and D&C) that uses fear to motivate. Those talking points don't do much for me, so it's a hard lesson for me to find some nugget to extract.
Visiting the text of D&C 1:
We might interpret this verse as threatening if reading from the perspective of god being vengeful (the word "escape" and the surrounding context certainly steer people that direction) but there's a different meaning when reading from the perspective of a god being more loving. God will make sure to interact with everyone, no one is insignificant in god's eyes.Doctrine and Covenants 1:2 wrote:For verily the voice of the Lord is unto all men, and there is none to escape; and there is no eye that shall not see, neither ear that shall not hear, neither heart that shall not be penetrated.
Have we strayed from this as a church? Maybe we've gotten better recently but I believe there's a case to be made that we've tried to hide past indiscretions by whitewashing and correlating history. We lose valuable lessons when our mistakes are hidden or masked from us. In these verses, failing to own up to our mistakes means missing out on additional wisdom, instruction, blessings, and knowledge.Doctrine and Covenants 1:25 wrote:And inasmuch as they erred it might be made known;