Pacing Your Teaching of the Doctrine and Covenants and Church History

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Resource Manual, (2001), 5–6


As with the other standard works, there is not enough time in a school year to discuss every verse in the Doctrine and Covenants and the history that goes with it. The challenge is to pace your teaching. If you move slowly and spend too much time teaching Doctrine and Covenants 45 or 76, you will miss the messages of the sections at the end of the Doctrine and Covenants and latter-day history. If you move too fast, your students may not understand and appreciate significant parts of the Doctrine and Covenants. Use this pacing guide to help you decide how much you need to cover each day and week and what chapters to assign your students to read.

Because there are many types of seminary programs throughout the world, it is not possible to organize this manual to fit every situation. You may need to adapt this 36-week guide to your program and the needs of your students. Seminary is taught five days a week, but lesson material is provided for only four days to allow time for interruptions such as school activities and assemblies, special seminary activities and presentations, scripture mastery, and tests and quizzes. You may choose to spend more than one day to teach a scripture block more effectively. This flexibility is meant to encourage you to seek the direction of the Spirit to meet the specific needs of your students.

Teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the youth of the Church is a sacred trust and a joyous duty. May the Lord bless you and your students this year as you study the Doctrine and Covenants and Church history.