Note: The following doctrinal mastery activities could be done over the course of several class sessions or in a single class session. Because there are no Book of Mormon doctrinal mastery passages listed for doctrinal topic 5, “Prophets and Revelation,” in the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document, these activities provide only a general review of the topic.
Invite students to take the following quiz. You could ask students to do this individually or in small groups.
After students complete the quiz, ask them to check their responses by referring to doctrinal topic 5, “Prophets and Revelation,” in the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document. Review the questions and correct responses as a class to ensure that everyone understands the doctrine.
Invite students to ask questions they may have about prophets and revelation. If they have questions that require additional time, you could invite students to seek further understanding on their own and report their discoveries during the next class session.
Invite students to share experiences when they have come to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is led by living prophets of God. Consider sharing your testimony as well.
Invite a student to read the following statement by Elder Richard G. Scott (1928–2015) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles aloud:
“Great power can come from memorizing scriptures. To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship. It is like discovering a new individual who can help in time of need, give inspiration and comfort, and be a source of motivation for needed change” (Richard G. Scott, “The Power of Scripture,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 6).
According to Elder Scott, in what ways can power come to a person who memorizes a useful scripture passage?
When has a memorized scripture helped you?
Explain that in seminary, memorization is not generally done during class because of the time needed to study the scriptures together. However, students are invited to memorize doctrinal mastery passages outside of class.
Write on the board the references to doctrinal mastery passages students have studied so far during the course. If needed, invite students to review each passage by referring to the Doctrinal Mastery Reference Guide or by discussing the content and meaning of each passage as a class. Invite each student to choose one of these passages to memorize on his or her own. Give students time to write their selected passages on pieces of paper or on cards, and encourage them to carry their passages with them until they have memorized them. You could also encourage students to use the Doctrinal Mastery App as a memorization tool. You could allow some time during future lessons for students to recite the passages they have memorized and to share how these passages have helped them.