SYLLABUS: REL A 121
Book of Mormon: 1 Nephi – Alma 29
Sections 23 (M-W 3-3:50pm 179 JSB) and 25 (M-W 12-12:50pm 114 JSB)
Mark Alan Wright
By Appointment (talk to me at class, call me, text me, or email me to set up a time).
In this class, we will “seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118;
109:7). We will strive to uphold the standard set by President Benson:
“There was inspiration in making the Book of Mormon a required religion class at BYU. The faculty
and student body there and members of the Church everywhere should know the Book of Mormon better
than any other book. Not only should we know what
it contains, but
we should understand its
May 1975, 18-19).
Accordingly, the overall objective of this course is to “know the Book of Mormon better than any other book.”
Student Learning Outcomes
: Inherent in the process of learning “by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118) is
the responsibility each student assumes for their part in the learning process. Therefore, students who apply
themselves will be able to demonstrate a competent ability to do the following:
Understand the foundational or factual information essential for a basic understanding of the history,
stories, and teachings in the Book of Mormon.
Comprehend, analyze, and interpret the history, stories, and teachings in the Book of Mormon.
Use foundational knowledge and conceptual understanding of the history, stories, and teachings in the
Book of Mormon.
Seek the Holy Ghost as an aid in studying and pondering the history, stories, and teachings in the
Book of Mormon.
The first three student learning outcomes correlate directly with the course objectives. Although class
presentations and discussions will assist in attaining the fourth outcome, students must understand that their
greatest spiritual experiences will most likely occur outside of class as they seriously and prayerfully study the
Book of Mormon on their own.
This is designated as a Returned Missionary section. If you are not an RM, you are strongly
encouraged to transfer to a non-RM section
English LDS edition of the Book of Mormon (1981 edition or later). If English is not your
primary language, I highly recommend you also study a copy of the Book of Mormon in your primary language,
but all exam questions will be based on the English edition. Although I do not require it, I highly recommend
using the new Religion 121-122 student manual as you read the assigned blocks to aid in your understanding
(the corresponding chapters are listed on the Reading and Exam Schedule on the last page of this syllabus).