Doctrine and Covenants

Week 8: The doctrine of agency; the Lamanite Mission

D&C 29–34

29 October 2020

(delayed because of COVID-19 meeting restrictions)


Notes and lesson materials will be posted after the class has been held.

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Lesson 8 notes

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Additional reading and links

  • David Bokovoy, “Agency in LDS Theology: A Misunderstood Concept?,” Worlds Without End: A Mormon Studies Roundtable, last modified 5 August 2012. Bokovoy reviews popular misconceptions of the principle of agency and identifies how the scriptures actually define it.

  • The Autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt (Chicago: Law, King & Law, 1888). Read Parley’s account of his early life, conversion to the restored gospel, and service as a missionary and apostle.


  • After Nephi₁ and his people separated from brothers and and those who followed them, the descendants of those who followed Laman₁ and those who allied themselves with them were called Lamanites. Who are these people today? Book of Mormon Central examines this complex subject in KnoWhy #486.