Three new Doctrinal Mastery resources are available to teachers and students: a quick-access URL to the Doctrinal Mastery webpage and two new videos. The quick-access URL makes online resources readily accessible, saving you time as you prepare your lessons. The new videos will help students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Doctrinal Mastery principles as they learn to apply these principles in their daily lives.
It is our hope that these resources will assist you and your students as we continue to develop Doctrinal Mastery and build our foundation on the Lord Jesus Christ.
The new URL DoctrinalMastery.lds.org allows quick access to the Doctrinal Mastery homepage on LDS.org. We encourage you to visit this page as you prepare your Doctrinal Mastery lessons and activities.
Act in Faith: The Stonemason
This Doctrinal Mastery video illustrates an analogy used by Elder Richard G. Hinckley of the Seventy to teach the principle of acting in faith. Similar to how a stonemason may struggle to fit a certain stone into a rock wall, we may find it difficult to understand how a certain principle, teaching, or practice can fit into the rock wall of our testimony. Should we abandon the wall and walk away? Elder Hinckley teaches that we can set aside unanswered questions “having faith that at some time in the future a niche will appear in the rock wall of our testimony where they fit perfectly.” He also teaches, “Don’t abandon the rock wall of your testimony because one or two rocks don’t seem to fit” (“Prophetic Priorities” [Brigham Young University devotional, May 17, 2007], 6, speeches.byu.edu). This resource will help students understand the principle of Act in Faith as they seek to acquire spiritual knowledge.
This video illustrates an ancient parable about six blind men and an elephant, recounted by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, then of the First Presidency (see “What Is Truth?” [Church Educational System devotional for young adults, Jan. 13, 2013], broadcasts.lds.org). President Uchtdorf teaches that by trusting in the Lord, we can discover truth in a world of limited perspective and false assumptions. This resource will help students understand that God knows all things and is the source of all truth.