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Course Outcomes

  1. Students will understand and analyze key prophetic teachings of the current day.
  2. Students will learn about the backgrounds of the current prophet leaders and their preparations for their current calls.
  3. Students will clearly understand and be able to define the role members have in their support and discipleship relative to the modern prophets.
  4. Students will be able to discuss the principles of Church government, including the roles and responsibilities of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve, and the Seventy.

Course Materials

Teachings of the Living Prophets: Student Manual Religion 333. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2010.
Available online: https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-of-the-living-prophets-student-manual

Ensign—the most recent general conference edition
Available online: https://www.lds.org/general-conference


Individual Insight Assignments

There are 13 Individual Insight Assignments. You will be asked to submit a short (1-2 paragraph) response to the instructor about the assigned talks you have read for a lesson.

Computer Graded-Assignment

Each lesson includes a short quiz section that applies to the materials in the lesson and assesses mastery of the lesson objectives. These quizzes are closed-book and closed-notes. Each quiz contains questions that ask for factual recall of lesson materials and application of principles learned.

Voices of the Prophets Assignment

The content of this paper will consist of reflections on one of the key addresses from a member of the First Presidency or the Quorum of the Twelve from the most recent general conference of the Church. Students should provide a thoughtful discussion of the topic from the selected talk. Do not just report on the talk— put in your own experiences! The following is a list of requirements for your paper:


Midcourse Exam

This exam will contain approximately fifty items and will be a mixture of multiple-choice and true/false items. Plan on about thirty to forty-five minutes to take the exam, although you are welcome to take longer as this is not a timed exam. The exam is closed-book and closed-notes. Please note that all assignments in lessons one through eight must be submitted before you’ll be able to request the midcourse exam and access the second half of the course.

Final Exam

This exam will contain approximately seventy-seven items and will be a mixture of multiple choice and true/false items. Plan on about forty-five to sixty minutes to take the exam, although you are welcome to take longer as this is not a timed exam. The exam is closed-book and closed-notes. You must pass the final exam to pass the course. Please note that all assignments in the course must be submitted before you’ll be able to request the final exam.


Assignment Approximate Weight
Quizzes: a computer-graded quiz for each of the thirteen lessons 25%
Individual Assignments: Short responses to assigned readings. 6%
Voices of the Prophets: paper graded by the professor 6%
Midcourse Exam: computer-graded exam (fifty questions) 25%
Final Exam: computer-graded exam (seventy-seven questions) 38%
Grading 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% or below

Copyright Notice

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“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 t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report 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 http://titleix.byu.edu 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.


13 computer-graded assignments; may be resubmitted once for a fee. 14 instructor-graded assignments; may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


1 proctored, computer-graded midcourse exam. 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam; may retake once for a fee. All assignments up to that point must be submitted and graded before requesting an exam. Students must pass the final exam 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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