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BYU Course Outcomes

  1. Students will learn the origin, content, and teachings of Doctrine and Covenants sections 77 through Official Declaration 2.
  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.

Course Outcomes

As you complete the course it is helpful to ponder and pray about these great revelations. As a result of your study and pondering you should be able to demonstrate a mastery of understanding content, measured through online assignments and examinations. The purpose of these will be to determine specific student understanding of each of the revelations.

Your will be tested in the following areas:

  1. the relevance of the Historical Context of each of the revelations
  2. knowledge of the names of Key People mentioned in the scriptures and relate them to the historical context of the revelation
  3. knowledge of Places on a map of the states of Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Iowa and explain their significance to the revelations
  4. understanding of the major Doctrines found in each revelation and discuss their implications
  5. ability to explain the meaning of key Verses in each of the revelations
  6. ability to suggest contemporary Applications for the revealed doctrines found in the revelations

Because this is a distance learning course, you will have not have access to the support that is available in a regular class. By enrolling in an Independent Study course, you must understand that your individual study will have with minimal instructor or TA involvement. If you want an interactive or more personal course, you should consider registering for a regular classroom version of the course available at a church school or an institute of religion.

Course Materials

We will use the Doctrine and Covenants (1981 edition or later) as our textbook. It will be helpful to have the other standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for cross-referencing purposes. Required reading also includes the online lesson material, and the most recent edition of a CES Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual available at an LDS bookstore or online.

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Generally, each lesson is divided into several sections: an introduction, lesson objectives to guide your study, a “Reading Assignments” section indicating steps to follow, and discussion material as background and commentary. The discussion material is subdivided by thought questions. At the end of each lesson there is a 25 question speedback assignment. These assignments are open book. The 14 assignments have a potential of 350 total points. Remember that the speedback assignments can only be taken once.

Each lesson is organized by Doctrine and Covenant sections. The lesson provides the following for each D&C section: historical background, key questions from the content and doctrinal commentary. Review any relevant materials found on the Church History site for each section covered in this lesson. You will also be referred to selections from the CES Student Manual.

The discussion material in each lesson is divided into three parts: background, commentary, and thought questions. The background section will help you understand why the revelation came. The commentary, primarily from the prophets, seers, and revelators in 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 Checks, 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 using the keys provided; take the opportunity to integrate the facts you have learned with some application for our times.

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.

Roundtable Discussion Videos

Each lesson includes a link to one or more episodes from a television program developed by BYU Broadcasting. During these roundtable discussions, BYU professors from the Department of Church History and Doctrine share insights from their study of the teachings of the Doctrine and Covenants. These videos are provided as a supplement to the course, and you will not be tested on their content. Each episode is approximately a half-hour long. For a complete listing of the roundtable discussions and additional resources, visit

Online Discussions

There are no expectations for online discussions between students. However, the instructor is ready to provide limited response to individual student questions as time allows.

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There will be a midcourse exam that will consist of 100 multiple-choice and true/false questions, each worth 2 points, making it a total of 200 points. At the conclusion of this course, you will take a final exam. The final exam consists of 100 multiple-choice and true/false questions each worth 3 points for a total of 300 points. Questions for the exams are randomly drawn from questions in the assignments, those found within the lessons, and a set written by the instructor specifically for the exams.

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The final course grade will be based on two factors: scores earned on the fourteen submitted assignments and the results of your midterm and final exams.

Assignment Weight
14 computer-graded assignments 41%
Midcourse Exam 24%
Final Exam 35%

The grading scale is as follows:

A 100 93
A- 92 90
B+ 89 87
B 86 83
B- 82 80
C+ 79 77
C 76 73
C- 72 70
D+ 69 67
D 66 63
D- 62 60
E 59 0

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Personal Enrichment Courses

This content is offered to you to enhance your study of the scriptures. Because the materials you will find in this course are derived from university courses, you may see references to examinations and assignments or media such as CDs. These assignments, exams, and materials are only available to students enrolled in the university course for credit. Also, you are welcome to complete as many of the mastery check activities as you like, but the graded assessments mentioned are for university credit students only. Thank you, and we hope you enjoy the materials.

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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.


14 computer-graded assignments, may not be resubmitted.


2 proctored, computer-graded exams, may not retake, must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course.

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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