New BYU Religion Courses
Four new courses have been approved to be offered beginning in 2015 and 2016.
These courses will focus on the Savior, His doctrine, the eternal family, and significant events in Church history. They are centered in the scriptures and the teachings of latter-day prophets and will be taught using blocks of scripture, in context, from across the standard works.
The new courses are:
Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel: A study of the roles, ministry, and teachings of Jesus Christ, the doctrine of His Atonement, and Heavenly Father’s everlasting plan for His children.
The Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon: A study of the doctrine taught in the prophetic writings, sermons, and themes of the Book of Mormon, with emphasis on Heavenly Father’s plan and the central role of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Foundations of the Restoration: A study of foundational revelations, doctrine, historical events, and people relevant to the unfolding restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ as found in the standard works, the teachings of modern prophets, and Church history.
The Eternal Family: A study of the central role of the family in the plan of salvation as taught in the scriptures and the words of modern prophets—particularly “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”
For additional Information on these courses, see education.lds.org
Members of the various BYU religion departments and the S&I curriculum division have worked together—and will continue to work together—to develop and refine these courses.
Why Are We Making These Changes?
- Many young adults have studied the scriptures personally, with their families, at church, in seminary and other religious education courses, and on their missions. The new required courses will ask students to study the scriptures in ways that build on previous sequential and topical study experiences. These courses will deepen students’ understanding of the gospel, increase their capacity to study the scriptures in context, and strengthen their gospel scholarship and personal discipleship (see David A. Bednar, “A Reservoir of Living Water” [Church Educational System fireside, Feb. 4, 2007]; speeches.byu.edu).
- These required courses will provide an opportunity for every student to study foundational teachings of the standard works, key doctrine and principles of the everlasting gospel, and significant events in Church history.
- Each of the standard works of the Church uniquely testifies of Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and Their teachings. As individuals study all of the standard works, these separate testimonies are woven together into a single powerful witness upon which they can build a sure foundation of faith in the Savior and commitment to the restored gospel. We want to help students tap into the power of thatcombined witness “unto the confounding of false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing peace . . . and bringing [God’s children] . . . to the knowledge of [His] covenants” (2 Nephi 3:12). To achieve this purpose, the new courses will draw from the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and the teachings of latter-day prophets. (See Ezekiel 37:15–17; Luke 24:27; 3 Nephi 23:14. See also Boyd K. Packer, “Scriptures,” Ensign, Nov. 1982, 53; Boyd K. Packer, “The Pattern of Our Parentage,” Ensign, Nov. 1984, 66–69.)
- These courses will assist students in applying gospel principles in ways that are relevant to their current circumstances. They will allow students to thoughtfully study, discuss, and evaluate questions and issues in the light of the scriptures and the teachings of modern prophets.
- As students realize the value and benefit of these new courses, more students throughout the Church will enroll and participate in all of our classes and be blessed by their religious education experiences.