Teachings of the Living Prophets

Religion 333

2nd Summer Term

Tuesday & Thursday (5:00 – 6:40)

Taylor 276


Instructor:      Gary J. Chelson Jr.                  

                        Home Phone – 624-4591

                        Work Phone – 624-7382



Course Objectives:


·        To gain a greater understanding of why the Lord calls prophets and how they are called.

·        To increase understanding of church organization and the manner in which the Lord operates His Kingdom upon the earth.

·        To understand and be able to apply the current teachings of the living prophets.

·        To learn more about the men whom the Lord has called as Prophets, Seers and Revelators.

·        To have a classroom setting where the principles of D&C 88:118,121-125 may be applied so that all “are edified and rejoice together.”(D&C 50:22)


Required Text:


                        Teachings of the Living Prophets: Student Manual Religion 333.


Class Requirements:


1)      Attendance. It is expected that you will be in class. One of the main objectives of this class is that we come prepared to learn and to share. 40 points will be deducted or every absence over 1. More than 5 absences will result in a loss of credit and failing the class. There are 200 points possible for attendance. We will mark attendance at every class.

2)      Reading Assignments. Students will be responsible to read the assigned talks and biographies of the Brethren. This is part of the preparation for a good classroom experience. Completed reading will be marked every day on the attendance roll. Your reading assignment also includes coming to class with inspired questions. These questions can come from any of your readings. Inspired questions invite revelation. You are to bring the readings packet and your scriptures to class with you. There are 200 points are possible for reading assignments.

3)      Personal Journal. You will be required to keep a personal journal. This journal will contain thoughts and feelings (D&C 8:2) come to you while you have been reading the assigned talks. Journaling in this way is a great way to invite revelation.  This requirement can be busy work or it can be a great source of spiritual strength for you. There are 200 possible for your journal. There will be two Journal Checks worth 100 points each

4)      There will be one 100 point paper due during the semester. The requirements for the papers and their topics will be discussed during class. There are 100 points possible for the papers

5)      A final exam worth 300 points will be given the last day of class.




            There are 1000 points possible during the course of the semester. The following scale will determine you grade.


A  = 93% and above                B-  = 80 - 82%                        D+ = 67 – 69%

A- = 90 – 92%                                    C+ = 77 - 79%                        D   = 63 – 66%

B+ = 87 – 89%                        C   = 73 – 76%            D-  = 60 – 62 %

B   = 83 – 86%                        C - = 70 – 72%           F    = Below 60 %


The information on this syllabus may be subject to change.



Course Schedule:


June 28                 Introduction to the course. Why do we need Living Prophets?


June 30                 What are Prophets, Seers and Revelators? Chapter 2


     Teachings of Elder Richard G. Scott


     Elder Scott’s Biography


     “Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayers,” Ensign, November 1989, 30-32.


“Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge,” Ensign, November 1993, 86-88.



July 5                    “True Doctrine Understood…”


            Teachings of Elder Dallin H. Oaks


            Elder Oaks’ Biography


            “The Great Plan of Happiness,” Ensign, 1993, 72-75.


            “The Challenge to Become,” Ensign, November 2000, 32-34.

            “Timing” A devotional address given at BYU on 29 Jan 2002.


July 7                    The Living Prophet  Chapter 3 & 4


     Teachings of President Gordon B. Hinckley


     President Hinckley’s Biography


     “Rise to a Larger Vision of the Work,” Ensign, May 1990, 95 – 97.


     “This is the Work of the Master,” Ensign, May 1995, 69 -71.


     “True to the Faith,” Ensign, May 1997, 65 -67.


     “War and Peace,” Ensign, May 2003, 78 – 80.


July 12                  The First Presidency, Chapter 5


     Teachings of President Thomas S. Monson & James E. Faust


     President Monson’s and President Faust’s Biographies


“The Faith of a Child,” Ensign, November 1975, 20 – 22.


     “The Long Line of the Lonely,” Ensign, May 1981, 47 – 49.


     “Priesthood Blessings,” Ensign, November 1995, 62 – 64.


     “Responsibilities of Shepherds,” Ensign, May 1995, 45 – 47.


July 14                  The Quorum of the Twelve, Chapter 6


     Teachings of President Boyd K. Packer


     President Packer’s Biography


“The Pattern of our Parentage,” Ensign, November 1984, 66-69.


     “Our Moral Environment,” Ensign, May 1992, 66-68.


“The Brilliant Morning of Forgiveness,” Ensign, November 1995, 18-20.


July 19                  Succession in the Presidency, Chapter 7


     Teachings of Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin and Elder L. Tom Perry

Elder Wirthlin’s and Elder Perry’s Biography


“Pure Testimony,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 22


“Earthly Debts, Heavenly Debts” Ensign, May 2004


“The Returned Missionary,” Ensign, November 2001.


“Fatherhood, an Eternal Calling,” Ensign, November 2004.


July 21                         What Does it Mean to Sustain a Prophet? Chapter 9


            Teachings of Elder Robert D. Hales


            Elder Hales’ Biography


“Healing Soul and Body,” Ensign, November 1998, 14-17.


“The Covenant of Baptism: To Be in the Kingdom and of the Kingdom,” Ensign, November 2000, 6-9.

“Faith through Tribulation Brings Peace and Joy,” Ensign, May 2003, 15.


July 26             Free Agency and Obedience, Chapter 9


            Teachings of Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder David A. Bednar


            Elder Uchtdorf’s and Elder Bednar’s Biography


“The Opportunity to Testify,” Ensign, November 2004, 74-76.


 “Ye are the Temple of God…,” Ricks College Devotional, January 11, 2000.


“In the Strength of the Lord,” Ensign, November 2004, 76-81.


July 28             The Purpose and Importance of General Conference, Chapters 12 - 13


Our assignment will be from the May issue of General Conference.


August 2                      


            Teachings of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland


            “However Long and Hard the Road,” New Era, September 1983, 38.


            “An High Priest of Good Things to Come,” Ensign, November 1999, 36.


            “Called to Serve,” Ensign, Nov. 2002, 36


“A Prayer for the Children,” Ensign, May 2003, 85     


August 4                      


            Teachings of Elder M. Russell Ballard


            Elder Ballard’s Biography


“Strength in Counsel,” Ensign, November 1993, 76-78.


            “Beware of False Prophets and False Teachers,” Ensign, November 1999, 62-64.


            “The Greatest Generation of Missionaries,” Ensign, November 2002, 46.


August 11                    


Teachings of Elder Russell M. Nelson


            Elder Nelson’s Biography


“Children of the Covenant,” Ensign, May 1995, 32-35.


            “Living by Scriptural Guidance,” Ensign, November 2000, 16-18.


            “Sweet Power of Prayer,” Ensign, May 2003, 7.



August 16                     Consequences of Following or Rejecting the Prophets, Chap 11


            Teachings of Elder Henry B. Eyring


Biography of Elder Eyring


            “A Legacy of Testimony,” Ensign, May 1996, 62-64.


            “Finding Safety in Counsel,” Ensign, May 1997, 24-26.


            “Watch Over and Strengthen,” Ensign, May 2000, 66-68.


August 18                                 Final Exam