Tutorial for Open Scripture Exams
The open scripture exams for this class are designed both to test your knowledge
of the material we are studying and to help you develop facility in using your scriptures
to find answers to questions of many types. The intent is that this skill in using your
scriptures will be one you will continue to develop and exercise throughout your life, for
as Nephi said, “. . . the words of Christ will tell you all things what you should do” (2
This tutorial is prepared for students taking any scripture courses.
questions used here are not taken from the particular book of scripture you are studying,
that is all right: the principles still apply.
This tutorial will be most helpful if you follow
in your own scriptures each of the steps described.
It will take a little time, but the
process will help you feel more familiar with your scriptures.
For some of you, most of
this may be review, but the time spent reviewing should still be beneficial, especially in
preparing you for the type pf exam questions you will encounter.
And you might even
learn something new!
The LDS editions of the scriptures include many study aids that you can use to
search for specific scriptures, for scriptures relating to particular topics, and for answers
These aids include
Introductory materials (descriptions, explanations, testimonies, etc.)
Table of Contents
Chapter Headings (give a brief summary of each chapter; for Doctrine and
Covenants, also give historical background)
Footnotes (related scriptures in all four standard works, Greek or Hebrew
translations, Topical Guide references, explanatory material, brief excerpts
from the Joseph Smith Translation, approximate dates)
Topical Guide (follows the Bible; lists scripture references according to topic
and/or key word in all four standard works)
Bible Dictionary (gives definitions, explanations, and identifications of
scriptural words, names, places, and concepts)
Joseph Smith Translation (selected excerpts from the Joseph Smith Translation
of the Bible that are too lengthy to be included as footnotes)
Gazetteer and Maps (enables you to locate places and follow travels in different
places and at different time periods covered by the scriptures)
Pronouncing Guide (follows the Book of Mormon; aids in pronouncing Book
of Mormon names)
Chronological Order of Contents (lists sections of the Doctrine and Covenants
in chronological order and gives locations where they were given)
Index (follows Pearl of Great Price in a Triple Combination; gives scriptural
references according to topic and/or key word for the Book of Mormon,
Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price; does not always
duplicate the Topical Guide)