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BYU Course Outcomes

  1. Students will learn the origin, content, and teachings of Doctrine and Covenants sections 1–76.
  2. Students will demonstrably analyze the relevant revelation texts.
  3. Students will demonstrably remember the teachings of the relevant revelation texts.
  4. Students will understand and identify what the relevant revelation texts meant to their original recipients.
  5. Students will apply the relevant revelation texts to personal and present situations.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course and pondering and praying about these great revelations, you should be able to do the following.

  1. Understand that the Lord Jesus Christ is your personal Savior and Redeemer. As you gain an increased understanding of the greatest being to ever grace this earth, you will gain a better comprehension of His Atonement. As you seek for a remission of your sins, you will learn the part repentance plays in activating the Atonement in your life.
  2. Better understand and appreciate the Prophet Joseph Smith’s role in the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ upon the earth. You will see why we, as members of the church, emphasize the importance of Joseph Smith’s mission. He spoke with God and His Christ at the inauguration of this final dispensation. It was by revelation from them, the Holy Ghost, the voice of God, and the ministry of angels that he gained an understanding of the doctrines Christ taught during His mortal ministry on the earth. What we know about God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost was primarily revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
  3. Better understand the plan of salvation, or the great plan of happiness. If you know who you really are—a child of God, where you came from, why you are here, and where you are going, you will gain an increased understanding of your part and portion according to the Lord’s plan for you here on earth. This knowledge will come to you through inspiration as you diligently study the Doctrine and Covenants.
  4. Realize that the heavens are no longer sealed and that God has once more spoken to living prophets on this earth, especially as recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants. Then you will come to understand the Lord’s voice; that, “whether by mine [His] voice or by the voice of [His] servants, it is the same,” and that, “whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation” (D&C 1:38; 68:4). This is why the Lord calls this the only true and living Church upon the face of the earth (D&C 1:30). It is alive because we continue to receive revelation by the means of the Holy Ghost.
  5. Liken the scriptures unto yourself. As you do this, and place your name where appropriate in lieu of the names listed in the revelations, you will see what the Lord is saying to you and how He wants you to live. Truly, when you read His words in the Doctrine and Covenants you will be better able to hear His voice (D&C 18:34–36).

Course Materials

The required textbook for this course is: Triple Combination, 1981 or later (The Doctrine and Covenants).

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Lesson Organization

There are sixteen lessons in the course to complete. Generally, each lesson is divided into several sections of the Doctrine and Covenants: an introduction, Learning Outcomes (to guide your study), and discussion material (background and commentary). The discussion material is followed by an assignment to be submitted for each of the lessons.

The discussion material in each lesson is divided into three parts: background, commentary, and Self Check. The background section will help you understand why the revelation came. The commentary , primarily from the prophets, seers, and revelators of this dispensation, will help you understand some of the material better and will clarify some of the scriptures which you may have trouble understanding on your own. The Self Check questions, which appear periodically throughout the discussion material, are designed to help you review the material and make it part of your understanding. I expect you to answer these questions carefully. They will help you understand what you have read and studied. You can check your own progress and take the opportunity to integrate the facts you have learned.

Of course, the greatest teacher is the Holy Ghost. As you search and ponder what you have read you will gain a clearer understanding of how it applies to your life. Revelation is very personal and is available to all.


Each lesson has an accompanying assignment. These assignments are referred to as Speedback assignments—a computer-scored assignment. You can refer to the assignment at the beginning of the lesson and complete it as you read through the lesson. The assignments consist of multiple-choice, true-false, and matching questions. These assignments are to be submitted at the end of each of the lessons. Work on the assignment until you are confident that you have all the correct answers, then submit the assignment.

These assignments constitute 32 percent of your grade for this course. Furthermore, all lesson assignments must be completed prior to taking the final examination.

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There are two examinations for this course, a midcourse exam and the final exam. The midcourse will cover lessons 1–9 or D&C sections 1–41. The final exam will mostly cover the remaining lessons, 10–16 or D&C sections 42–76, but will also include some questions from earlier lessons. Each exam will constitute 34 percent of your grade.

The final exam will be scored out of 100 percent. The exam consists of multiple-choice, matching, and true/false questions, similar in format to the submitted Speedback assignments. You will learn more about the content of the exams in the section of this course entitled How to Prepare for Midcourse and Final Exams.

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Assessment Weight
16 computer-graded assignments 32%
Midcourse exam 34%
Final Exam 34%

Grades are based on the following percentage scale.

Grade Scale
A 100%–93% C 76%–73%
A− 92%–90% C− 72%–70%
B+ 89%–87% D+ 69%–67%
B 86%–83% D 66%–63%
B− 82%–80% D− 62%–60%
C+ 79–77% E (fail) 59% or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


16 computer-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


2 proctored, computer-graded exams, may retake each once for a fee, must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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