Doctrinal Mastery offers a clear framework to help all people learn and apply divine principles for acquiring spiritual knowledge. The principles behind this process include (1) acting in faith, (2) examining concepts and questions with an eternal perspective, and (3) seeking further understanding through divinely appointed sources.
4 Conditions for Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge
- Have an honest desire to know the truth
- Be willing to live according to the truth
- Sincere prayer
- Serious study
Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge PPTs
A Revealed Pattern for Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge
Act in Faith
- Trust God and turn to Him first in sincere prayer, serious study, and obedience to commandments. “Hold fast to what you already know” (Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe,” General Conference, Apr 2013).
- Wait patiently (see Article of Faith 9).
- Examine Concepts and Questions with an Eternal Perspective
- Consider / reframe the question in the context of the Plan
- Examine historical questions in context – but don’t focus solely on history
- Seek Further Understanding through Divinely Appointed Sources
Helping Others Acquire Spiritual Knowledge
- Listen carefully and prayerfully
- Teach and testify of gospel truths
- Invite them to act in faith
- Follow through
- Scriptures – Boyd K. Packer taught, “If your students are acquainted with the revelations, there is no question – personal or social or political or occupational – that need go unanswered. Therein is contained the fulness of the everlasting gospel. Therein we find principles of truth that will resolve every confusion and every problem and every dilemma that will face the human family or any individual in it (Elder Boyd K. Packer,Address to CES Religious Educators, October 14, 1977).
- General Conference
- Key Document – Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge (pdf). This document outlines the divine pattern revealed to help us to acquire spiritual knowledge.
- Gospel Topics Essays
- Examples of Identifying Worldly Premises v. Eternal Premises
- Madison wonders about polygamy (8:36)
- Lauren re-frames a tough question (2:56), “If there is a living God, why would He allow people to suffer?”Talks
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Come, Join with Us,”Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 21–24
- Henry B. Eyring, “And Thus We See: Helping a Student in a Moment of Doubt” (evening with a General Authority, Feb. 5, 1993)
- Jeffrey R. Holland, “Be Not Afraid, Only Believe” (evening with a General Authority, Feb. 6, 2015)
- Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe,”Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 93–95
- M. Russell Ballard, “Stay in the Boat and Hold On!”Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 89–92
- M. Russell Ballard, “To Whom Shall We Go?”Ensign or Liahona,Nov. 2016, 90–92
- Neil L. Andersen, “You Know Enough,”Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 13–14
- Sheri Dew, “Will You Engage in the Wrestle?” (Brigham Young University–Idaho devotional, May 17, 2016)
- Richard G. Scott, Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge, (General Conference, October 1993)
- Boyd K. Packer, “The Great Plan of Happiness,”Teaching Seminary Preservice Readings (2004), 68–74
- Chad H Webb, “That They May Know How to Come unto Him and Be Saved” (Brigham Young University–Hawaii devotional, Mar. 22, 2016)
- Dallin H. Oaks, “As He Thinketh in His Heart” (evening with a General Authority, Feb. 8, 2013)
- Paul V. Johnson, “A Pattern for Learning Spiritual Things”(Seminaries and Institutes of Religion satellite broadcast, Aug. 7, 2012)
- S&I Annual Training Broadcast for 2016 (Seminaries and Institutes of Religion satellite broadcast, June 14, 2016)
- 1828 edition of Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language**: Word definitions commonly used in the time of the Restoration of the Church.
- BYU Speeches*: Searchable collection of speeches delivered at Brigham Young University by Church leaders and others.
- BYU Studies Quarterly*: Scholarly journal devoted to Latter-day Saint studies relating to scripture, Church history, and theology.
- Corpus of LDS General Conference Talks*: Searchable collection of all general conference talks given from 1851 to the present.
- Gospel Topics: Brief explanations on topics related to the doctrine and history of the Church.
- LDS Scripture Citation Index*: Complete index of all scripture passages used in general conference talks.
- LDS Scriptures: Official LDS edition of the scriptures and study aids.
- Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship*: Collection of scholarly research designed to deepen understanding of religious texts and traditions.
- Religious Educator*: Scholarly journal for religious educators that focuses on Church doctrine and history and on effective teaching.
- Religious Studies Center*: Published research focusing on Church doctrine and history that encourages faithful gospel scholarship.
- Book of Mormon Central**: Information that was created to explain, engage, inspire, and encourage greater knowledge and appreciation of every aspect of the Book of Mormon.
- Church History Library: Online access to a variety of materials and collections such as journals, old photos, and databases.
- Church History Resources: Links to various Church history resources.
- Encyclopedia of Mormonism*: Online access to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism.
- FairMormon**: Well-reasoned and faithful responses to doctrinal, historical, and social questions.
- I Was a Stranger: Information on how to become involved with helping refugees.
- Joseph Smith Papers: Manuscripts and documents associated with the Prophet Joseph Smith.
- Joseph Smith’s Polygamy**: Information about Joseph Smith’s plural marriage practices and teachings.
- Mormon and Gay: An official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on same-sex attraction. It is organized into three primary sections: Stories, Beliefs, and Understanding.
- Mormon Newsroom Topics and Background: Latest statements on Church doctrines, beliefs, and policies.
- Mormon Scholars Testify**: Messages of faith from scholars who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Mormon.org: Information about the Church (its people, values, and beliefs) for those who are not members of the Church.
- Preventing Suicide: Information and resources for those who struggle with thoughts of suicide, those who know someone who does, and those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
- Religious Freedom: Information about religious freedom and what you can do to protect it.
- Revelations in Context: Historical context and insights for the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants.
- Studies in Mormon History*: Citation information for numerous articles, books, theses, and dissertations on LDS history and culture. Includes some abstracts and links to full text.
- The Interpreter Foundation**: Nonprofit, independent, educational organization that focuses on the scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They publish a peer-reviewed journal, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.
- “I have sympathy for young men and young women when honest doubts enter their minds and they engage in the great conflict of resolving doubts. These doubts can be resolved, if they have an honest desire to know the truth, by exercising moral, spiritual, and mental effort. They will emerge from the conflict into a firmer, stronger, larger faith because of the struggle. They have gone from a simple, trusting faith, through doubt and conflict, into a solid substantial faith which ripens into testimony” (Howard W. Hunter, “Secretly a Disciple?” Improvement Era, Dec. 1960, 948; cited in Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter, chapter 21 Faith and Testimony).