“Priesthood and Priesthood Keys, Part 4,” Doctrinal Mastery Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Teacher Material (2017)
The teaching materials for the learning experience on “Priesthood and Priesthood Keys” are divided into four parts. Part 4 includes a practice exercise that will help students apply the doctrine they learned from the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document along with the doctrinal mastery scripture passage in Doctrine and Covenants 42:11. This lesson also contains a cumulative review of all the doctrinal mastery passages students have studied so far this school year.
Note: You could teach this lesson in a single class session or in two different class sessions. If you choose to teach the segments over the course of two class sessions, you may need to briefly review with students what they learned in previous segments before you teach a new segment.
Practice Exercise (20 minutes)
Review with students the three principles from the “Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge” section of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document: act in faith, examine concepts and questions with an eternal perspective, and seek further understanding through divinely appointed sources.
Note: You may want to adapt the following scenario according to your students’ experiences and needs. You may also want to substitute names that are more common where you live.
Organize students into small groups. Give each group a copy of the accompanying handout, and invite them to take turns reading the scenario (adapted from Chad H Webb, “Doctrinal Mastery” [Seminaries and Institutes of Religion annual training broadcast, June 14, 2016], broadcasts.lds.org):
After students have finished reading the handout and discussing the questions in their groups, invite them to share any thoughts, questions, or feelings they have as a result of the practice exercise—whether about Monika’s question or about acquiring spiritual knowledge in general. Testify that Heavenly Father loves all of His children and that everyone who serves in the Church is “called under the direction of one who holds priesthood keys,” “exercises priesthood authority in performing her or his duties,” and is an important part of the kingdom of God.
Doctrinal Mastery Cumulative Review (20 minutes)
The accompanying quiz can help you assess how familiar students are with the key statements of doctrine and the doctrinal mastery scripture passages presented so far this school year. Before you administer the quiz, you may want to give students time to study the doctrinal mastery passages and statements of doctrine. Reduce the number of questions if there is not enough class time remaining to administer the complete quiz.