Latter-day Saint Women

    Kate Holbrook | Suffering and the Goodness of God


    Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow suffering when he has all power? Francine Bennion explored these topics in her groundbreaking discourse in March 1986. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Kate Holbrook, PhD as they explore how gaining an understanding of our theology can help make sense of suffering.

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    “What I’m passionate about,” said Francine Russell Bennion (b. 1935), “is human existence, and the relationships between people and God, and what works and what doesn’t.” In an interview, Bennion explained that when she taught a Relief Society or Gospel Doctrine lesson she never wanted to brush off reality and speak only of ideals. Instead, she tried to present fresh, useful, and reality-affirming perspectives that would lift and enhance human relationships.