I presume that you have already attained some basic knowledge of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Restoration, the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, and the move of the Church west from New York to Ohio, to Missouri, and eventually to Nauvoo, Illinois. You have probably studied somewhat in the Doctrine and Covenants and a few historical works. They will all be of benefit to you. There is another course that precedes this one, Church History 341 (Rel C 341), which covers the period from 1805-1844 in depth. You would do well to take that course; however, it is not a prerequisite to this present study.
Since this is a course for the heart as well as for the mind, you will not be learning any new physical skills. It is, however, a course that will challenge you intellectually and spiritually. One of the very real skills I hope you derive from this course of study is a sharpened understanding of Church history and a critical approach to its study. “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good,” wrote the Apostle Paul (1 Thess. 5:21). Developing critical thinking skills is not the same as becoming negative. In fact, it can lead to very positive, faithful thinking. I hope you will learn enough to answer difficult questions that you and others may have about our history, that you will be able to separate myth from fact, and that your faith will grow in the process.
Specifically, you will understand much more about Brigham Young-who he was, and what his lasting contributions have been to our history. The miracle of the Exodus-why that enterprise eventually succeeded against all odds. The re-establishment of the Church in the Rocky Mountain West and, equally importantly, the recapturing of the concept of Zion. Plural marriage, and what impact it had on our history. Wilford Woodruff and his vital role in the history of temple work in the Church. John Taylor and Lorenzo Snow and their contributions to our doctrine of continual revelation.
Your text is Church History In the Fulness of Times. It is well-researched and well-written and provides you with a great deal of background that is essential to your success in this course. Read and mark your text very carefully. Then read the lesson materials. I have provided key handouts and other learning aids that will broaden your understanding and enrich your appreciation of the course. Carefully and completely answer each of the Self Check questions along the way to help you master the material. Don’t hurry. Take your time. Feel it through. Take plenty of notes. The course is packed with delightful and instructive learning aids and resources (photos, video clips, and maps) that are designed to enrich your learning experience. Take full advantage of these assets.
You will also need a set of the standard works. (The Bible, Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, and, especially, The Doctrine and Covenants).
This course is designed to give you as rich a learning experience as possible, short of actually showing up in person to one of my classes. Each of the twelve lessons includes a Lesson Objective, a Reading Assignment, and a bibliography of some of the better published works on the topics, followed by the various component discussions for each sub-topic in the overall lesson. For instance, lesson 9, dealing with the end of Utah’s isolation after the coming of the transcontinental railroad, has four separate discussions or subsections: the coming of the railroad, opposition to the Saints, how Brigham Young educated and prepared his people to deal with the Gentile incursions, and an overview of the progress of the Church from 1867 to 1877.
At the end of each subsection are review or Self Check questions. These questions are designed to test your knowledge of the materials presented in both your text and the lesson discussion materials. They very much approximate quizzes, which I give in my regular classes here at BYU. Then, at the end of the lesson, additional Speedback questions are provided to test your overall understanding of the entire lesson. These are to be submitted and will be marked as part of your grade.
Some of the Self Check and Speedback questions may show up in one form or another on the midcourse and final examinations. The Final Exam will not be cumulative, save for a few questions from early Speedback assignments and the Midterm.
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