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How Do I Implement and Measure the Success of Doctrinal Mastery?

Find ways to use Doctrinal Mastery in your classes.
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Implementing and Measuring

Implementing Doctrinal Mastery

How Doctrinal Mastery is implemented depends on the type of seminary program students are enrolled in: daily seminary (early-morning and released-time programs), online seminary, or home-study seminary.

Doctrinal Mastery in Daily Seminary

Detailed instructions for implementing Doctrinal Mastery in daily seminary are included in the “Instructions for Teachers” section of the Doctrinal Mastery Book of Mormon Teacher Material. As you carefully study and follow these instructions, you and your students will be able to achieve the desired outcomes of Doctrinal Mastery.

Doctrinal Mastery in Online Seminary

Doctrinal mastery learning activities will be incorporated into the online seminary lessons. If you teach an online seminary class, study the “Instructions for Teachers” section of the Doctrinal Mastery Book of Mormon Teacher Material to help you understand important principles and practices that can be adapted and applied in online seminary.

Doctrinal Mastery in Home-Study Seminary

The materials that home-study teachers and students use have not yet been updated to include doctrinal mastery content. If you teach a home-study seminary class, you and your students should continue to use the current home-study materials and included scripture mastery activities. Until the home-study materials are updated, you are encouraged to provide students with copies of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document and to invite them to study it and the doctrinal mastery scripture passages on their own.

Measuring Success

The following questions can help you evaluate how well you and your students are achieving the desired outcomes of Doctrinal Mastery, as stated in the  “Introduction to Doctrinal Mastery”  in the  Doctrinal Mastery Core Document:

  • How well do my students and I understand the principles for acquiring spiritual knowledge? Do we act in faith, examine concepts and questions with an eternal perspective, and seek further understanding through divinely appointed sources?

  • How well do my students and I apply these principles in our lives?

  • How well do my students and I practice implementing these principles in class when seeking to answer doctrinal or historical questions?

  • How well do my students and I address questions in class in a way that invites the Holy Ghost to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ and His doctrine?

  • How well does the following statement from Elder Kim B. Clark of the Seventy describe me and my students? “The introduction of Doctrinal Mastery makes it even clearer that we must be teachers who love questions. We must not only be ready to answer questions, but we need to embrace and engage questions, and address them with our students through the spirit of revelation. We want students to think of seminary as a place where they can ask questions and find answers. We need to be ready to help them seek spiritual knowledge. We need to be teachers who listen with discernment, come prepared with doctrinal and historical insights, and who engage questions in an inspired way because the spirit of revelation is in us” (“The CES Global Education Initiative: The Lord’s System for Education in His Church”  [address given at the Church Educational System training broadcast, June 14, 2016]).

  • How well have my students and I developed a deeper understanding of each of the doctrinal topics in the  Doctrinal Mastery Core Document?

  • How well have my students and I developed a deeper understanding of the key statements of doctrine within those doctrinal topics?

  • How well do my students and I understand how those key statements of doctrine are taught in doctrinal mastery passages?

  • How well can my students and I remember and locate doctrinal mastery passages?

  • How well can my students and I explain key statements of doctrine using the associated doctrinal mastery passages?

  • How well do my students and I apply the truths we learn from doctrinal mastery in our daily choices and in response to doctrinal, social, or historical issues and questions? 

For additional information, see the  Doctrinal Mastery FAQ.