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Course Objectives

When you have completed this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Explain the basic history and makeup of the second half of the Book of Mormon.
  2. Discuss the doctrine and gospel principles that are taught.
  3. Express your understanding of the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ as a tool in “convincing . . . Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself to all nations” (title page to the Book of Mormon).
  4. Apply the principles taught in the Book of Mormon and influence others to do the same.

Course Materials

Other than this course manual, the Book of Mormon (1981 or later printing) is the only text required for this course.

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Each lesson in this course requires you to submit a Speedback assignment to assess what you have learned.

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In order to do well on the final exam, you will need to carefully study the introduction of this manual (which contains some important articles and study guides), plus each of the lessons in this manual. Additional information on the final exam is covered in the section entitled “How to Prepare for the Final Exam,” which is at the end of this course manual.

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The assignments in this course are weighted as follows:

Assignment Percent
Speedbacks (26) 78% (3% each)
Final Exam 22%

Your grade for this course will be determined on a percentage system. Each assignment will be graded with a letter grade according to the following scale:

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 (fail) 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 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.


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

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


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