Religion 235
Building an Eternal Marriage


Instructor:  Bruce Satterfield

Office:Taylor 216

Phone: 496-3954

Text Books
  • Scriptures (All four standard works).
  • Eternal Marriage Student Manual (can be purchased in the Bookstore in the textbooks section).
  • Family: Guidebook (Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2006)
  • Other readings will be found online.

To examine doctrines, principles, and practices that are necessary to build an eternal marriage.


At the end of the course, I will give you a letter grade that I feel reflects the learning you accomplished during the course.  I will use three criteria to determine your grade:  (1) attitude, (2) class attendance, and (3) academic work. 


Attitude is displayed through preparation for class, class participation, and adherence to honor code.  Participation in class includes coming to class having read the assignments, offering insights, asking questions, utilizing your scriptures during class discussion, volunteering to read out loud, and taking notes on class discussions, particularly impressions received.  The use of cell phones in class (particularly text messaging) is forbidden.  Any such use will greatly effect your grade.

Class Attendance

Class attendance is a crucial part of the course.  DO NOT BE LATE OR LEAVE EARLY!!    It is the Department of Religious Education policy that student's attend at least 80% of the classes in every course if they are to receive any credit for that course.  In this course, if you miss more than six classes you will not receive credit for the course.


There will be four kinds of assignments in this course.  There will be no tests or quizzes, only writing assignments.
  • The Course Review Paper
  • Reading/Journal Assignments
  • Article Write-ups
  • Worksheets
  • Collection of Talks
A.   Course Review Paper  (200 pts)

Towards the end of the course, you will be required to produce a typewritten, single-spaced paper discussing the keys to building a successful eternal marriage utilized during the course and found on the Daily Reading/Assignment Schedule. The purpose of the Course Review Papers is:
  • To demonstrate your understanding about how to build and eternal marriage;
  • And that you can document your understanding from appropriate sources.

The basic thesis of your paper should be: "What does one need to do to build an eternal marriage?"  In answering that question, you will discuss the doctrines, principles, and practices associated with the keys utilized in the course. The assignments found on the Daily Reading/Assignment Schedule will be the source material you will use to write the paper.  It is expected that you a minimum of two different resources from these assignments for each key. [HINT: Not all keys were treated the same number of reading assignments. A key with more assignments should receive greater attention in your Course Review Paper.]

Use the following criteria in writing your paper:
  • Minimum of four pages (that will get you at least a passing grade on the paper-obviously, the more comprehensive the better the grade).
  • Single-spaced
  • Include a bolded heading for each key within the text.
  • Use a minimum of two sources for each topic.  [HINT: if more reading assignments were given a particular assignment, this should be reflected in paper.]
  • Paper should be thoroughly documented with teachings from the scriptures (place within text), the Brethren (place in a footnote found at the bottom of page of the citation).  The sources used for the paper come from the assignmnets found on the Daily Reading/Assignment Schedule.
  • WHEN CITING REFERENCES PLEASE USE ORIGINAL SOURCE AND NOT INTERNET SOURCE UNLESS IT IS ONLY FOUND ON THE INTERNET.  (In other words, if you cite a talk from one of the Brethren given in General Conference, then cite the Ensign Month, Date it was found in and not the internet address.)
  • Paper should be stapled --  please no plastic covers of any sort.
  • Example of a good paper
  • Example of a good paper


1.  Article Write-ups  (20 pts each)

In the Daily Reading/Assignments Schedule, you will note that on some days you will be required to read an article and complete a write-up that reflects your reading of the article.  These summaries will be handed in at the end of class on the day they are due. Use the following criteria in writing your summary:
  • Write-up must only be one page (single spacing and small font are acceptable) 
  • Write-up is to be completed in two sections: (1)  A comprehensive summarization of talk; (2) List at least 5 insights you gained.  Pray for the companionship of the Spirit to help you gain insignts.
  • Place the following headings at the beginning of each section: (1)  Comprehensive Summary; (2) Five Insights Gained
  • Make sure title, author, and source reference is at top of page
  • Use GOOD WRITING SKILLS!!   CLICK HERE to see an example of an appropriate summary. In example, notice the Title, Author, and Source of Article located at top of summary. Notice the comprehensive summary is written in a series of paragraphs; there should be a parapgraph summarizing main point of the article and a paragraph for each  sub-point (some articles have subheadings for subpoints).
  • Notice in the Insights Gained section that each of the five insights were written in separate paragraphs. It would be appropriate to bullet each insight instead of using paragraphs.
  • Summaries must be typewritten.
  • 2.  Reading/Jounral Assignments   (10 pts each reading; 5 pts. each journal write-up)

    In the Daily Reading Assignments section, you will find that during some class periods you will read sections from the one of the required texts for the course.  You will be required to complete the required reading and write a personal journal account regarding the readings.   The journal entry should include a summation of essential teachings, insights you gained from the readings, your personal thoughts about the topic, and ways you could apply the doctrines, principles, and practices taught.  This should be at least 500 words long.  These are to be completed by the class period on the day they are due.  
    You will not hand in the journal entries.  You will account for both the readings and journal entries in class (I will hand around a sheet that you can record your points on).

    3.  Worksheets (Pts. will be variable, depending on Worksheet)
    During semester there will be a few worksheet assignments.  Instructions will be given for each. (Points will be variable.)

    B.  Readings Collection Project  (50 pts)

    Keeping an eternal perspective regarding marriage and parenting is essential in building an eternal marriage.  Put together a collection of 10 to 15 articles that you feel would be helpful for you to regularly review that will help you keep that eternal perspective. 

    Format for this project is up to you (hard copy, CD, etc.). 

    Towards the end of the course, you will hand in a typewritten report of
    1. Author, title, and source of each article you have collected, 
    2. The format (hard copy, CD, etc.) your collection found in;
    3.  (3) how you intend to use the collection, (4)l how will you remember to read these regularly.   YOU WILL NOT HAND IN THE ACTUAL COLLECTION!  You may hand the write-up of your reading collection anytime in April up to the day the Course Paper is due.

    Syllabus may be changed at teacher's discretion.