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Course Outcomes

After completing this course and prayerfully following the counsel given here, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the scope and glory of missionary work. You need to know that we are not engaged in a small enterprise here. The Lord has long promised a time when the kingdom of God would roll forth and fill the whole earth (Daniel 2:44). There is no more important work on the earth than bringing the gospel to as many of the Lord’s children as we can. Coming to Christ will alter the course of their lives forever.
  2. Resolve to live the commandments and obtain the Spirit now while you prepare for your mission, as well as later when you are a missionary. One of the prerequisites for teaching by the Spirit is that you are clean. The Holy Ghost cannot dwell in an unclean tabernacle. People are not converted without this Spirit. I hope that this course will motivate you to be clean in thought, in word, and in deed; and I hope that it will help you learn how to call down the powers of heaven in your missionary work.
  3. Begin doing some practical things now that can make you more prepared for missionary service. The better you are in other aspects of your life, the better missionary you will be. Your preparation should include, if needed, improving certain aspects of your personality, improving your attitude in certain areas, and becoming skilled at certain down-to-earth tasks.
  4. Gain insight into the doctrines you will teach. Lessons 6-9 will discuss some of the most important truths you will share with your investigators. While you will not be teaching these doctrines in depth, you need to have a clear understanding of these truths and value their great significance in the eternal plan of the Lord.
  5. Learn from the experience of other missionaries. Over the years, missionary work has evolved to become more effective. Many practices have been improved to facilitate the spreading of the gospel so that it is faster than ever in our day and age. What have we learned from the past? You will receive some good advice on missionary work.
  6. Come unto Christ. Two complete lessons have been devoted to this important subject: First, because this is the very essence of missionary work—to bring people to Christ; second, it is important to realize the marvelous power and importance of the Savior’s role in your own life. As you come to appreciate the Savior’s life and ministry, you will be better able to show others the way to partake of his great redeeming power.

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Course Structure

The course is divided into ten lessons. Each lesson has an introduction, a list of the lesson objectives (to guide your study), and lesson material (the lesson itself).

The lesson material is divided differently in the various lessons—sometimes into a series of numbered points, sometimes organized by asking certain questions, and sometimes simply moving from one concept to another. Many lessons have Self Check exercises or Thought Questions. When you come across these items, please answer the Self Check questions in writing, then check your answers. You may simply think about the Thought Questions. Some commentary for each Thought Question can be found in Appendix A. I suggest looking at this commentary because some final exam questions are based on this information. Most lessons have reading assignments either at the beginning of the lesson or at other places in the lesson. You will be directed to these assignments as you progress though the lessons.


Following each of the ten lessons is a Speedback assignment. Submit the assignments to Independent Study, following the directions in the course. These submitted assignments constitute 40 percent of your grade for the course.

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At the conclusion of this course, you will take a final examination. The final exam consists of multiple-choice, matching, and true/false questions, similar in format to the Speedback assignments. You will learn more about the final in the section of this course entitled “Preparing for the Final Exam.” The final is worth 60 percent of your course grade. You will also have the opportunity to memorize word-perfectly four powerful quotations concerning missionary work. These memorized passages will be required for the final examination and will constitute 20 percent of the exam (12 percent of your course grade).

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Assignment Weight
10 computer-graded assignments 40%
Final Exam 60%
Grade Scale
A 100–94
A- 93–90
B+ 89–87
B 86–82
B- 82–80
C+ 79–75
C 74–72
C- 71–70
D+ 69–67
D 66–62
D- 61–60
E (fail) 60 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.


10 computer-graded assignments, may resubmit once for a fee.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


1 computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass 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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