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  1. Here is the 2019 end of year seminary assessment my kids received yesterday. Would love to hear your thoughts on the questions, the probable answers, and the doctrine taught. Don't forget the last 4 questions pertaining to the Explain Doctrine section. https://ibb.co/Dfz4JNr Read instructions before you start the test: Exam code: 8 If you have difficulty taking the learning assessment in the traditional way, please talk with your teacher to figure out the best way to help you succeed. Use a no. 2 or HB pencil. Indicate your response by completely filling in the bubble on your answer sheet. Section name: Multiple Choice 1. Who will receive a place in a kingdom of glory? (1 mark) a) Every individual born into mortality b) All of God's children except the sons of perdition c) Only individuals who are worthy of exaltation 2. Which of the following is a specific responsibility mentioned in the oath and covenant of the priesthood? (1 mar) a) To magnify their callings b) To pay a generous fast offering c) To not be idle 3. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, in the Resurrection all individuals will receive ____ (1 mark) a) at least a terrestrial glory b) celestial glory c) glory according to the law they obeyed 4. Which of the following blessings does God offer to those who keep the Word of Wisdom? (1 mark) a) They will not be burned at the Second Coming. b) Their bodies will be protected from all illness. c) They will receive wisdom and great treasures of knowledge. 5. To be endowed in the temple means to receive ____ (1 mark) a) a guarantee of eternal life b) spiritual power and knowledge c) unique physical gifts from the Lord 6. What does the existence of the precious truths in the Pearl of Great Pric teach us about the Prophet Joseph Smith? (1 mark) a) He no longer needed the power of God to help him translate. b) He was a prophet, seer, and revelator. c) He is the only prophet of this dispensation that can receive new scripture. 7. As watchmen on the tower, modern prophets have a responsibility to ____ (1 mark) a) warn us of coming dangers b) stop Satan from tempting members of the Church c) change truth to fit modern times 8. What is a bishop's or branch president's main responsibility when a teenager confesses sin to him? (1 mark) a) To prevent the person from being part of the Church b) To help the person receive forgiveness of the sins and regain peace of mind c) To inflict severe consequences and punishments from sinning 9. Who visited the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple to restore priesthood keys? (1 mark) a) Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Malachi b) Moses, Elias, and Elijah c) Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 10. According to the Doctrine and Covenants, what are tithing funds used for? (1 mark) a) They are the main fund the Church uses to support the poor and the needy. b) They are used to build temples and to accomplish the work of the Lord. c) They are used to pay ward and branch members for serving in the Church. 11. While the Prophet Joseph Smith was falsely imprisoned in Liberty Jail, the Lord taught him that adversity and affliction (1 mark) a) will not occur if we trust in God b) are always a consequence of our poor choices c) can give us experience and be for our good 12. Which of the following is a true statement about Relief Society? (1 mark) a) It was divinely organized to assist in the work of salvation. b) It was established during the trek west to help Saints who were suffering. c) It did not exist during the lifetime of the Prophet Joseph Smith. 13. A man and a woman will receive eternal life and glory if _____ (1 mark) a) they love each other more than they love themselves b) they keep the new and everlasting covenant of marriage they made in the temple c) they are married in the temple 14. Why do our ancestors who die without having a knowledge of the gospel need us to perform ordinances for them in the temple? a) Without these ordinances, our ancestors cannot progress toward eternal life. (1 mark) b) Without these ordinances, our ancestors cannot be saved in any kingdom of glory. c} Without these ordinances, our ancestors will not be resurrected. 15. Marriage between one man and one woman is the Lord's standing law. Wen is the only time plural marriage is justified? a) Wen there are more women than men in the Church (1 mark) b) Whenever local laws and traditions allow members to practice it without breaking the law c) When the Lord authorizes it through the priesthood keys given to the President of the Church 16. When the President of the Church dies, which quorum becomes the presiding quorum of the Church? (1 mark) a) The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles b) The Quorum of the First Presidency c) The Presiding Bishopric 17. Which of the following shows the correct chronological order (first to last) of places the Saints were told to gather to? (1 mark} a) A stake in their homeland; Nauvoo, Illinois; Winter Quarters, Nebraska; Salt Lake City, Utah b) Nauvoo, Illinois; Winter Quarters, Nebraska; Salt Lake City, Utah; a stake in their homeland c) Winter Quarters, Nebraska; Nauvoo, Illinois; Salt Lake City, Utah; a stake in their homeland 18. After the Savior visited the spirit world, what did righteous spirits there begin to do? a} They were all resurrected and began entering the highest kingdom of glory. b) They began performing ordinances for those who had not received them. c) They began teaching the gospel to those in spirit prison. (1 mark) 19. According to Official Declaration 2, the Lord revealed that all worthy male Church members may ___ _ (1 mark) a) receive the ordinance of baptism b) serve a mission at age 18 c) receive the priesthood and enjoy temple blessings 20. What principle is emphasized in Doctrine and Covenants 121:36, 41-2? (1 mark) a) Priesthood holders can draw upon the powers of heaven only if they live righteously. b) lf we actively seek to learn through study and faith, our faith in Jesus Christ will increase. c) If we obey the Lord, He will always keep His promises to bless us. 21. Which of the following accurately describes Heavenly Father? (1 mark) a) He is without feelings or emotions. b) He is a personage of Spirit and can dwell in us. c) He has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's. 22. Which of the following is a requirement for receiving exaltation in the celestial kingdom? (1 mark) a) Bearing testimony of the Savior is all that is needed. b) Receiving a patriarchal blessing c) Receiving and being valiant in the testimony of Jesus Christ 23. Of the following groups, who will inherit the celestial kingdom? (1 mark) a) All children who die before they reach the age of accountability b) All members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints c) All individuals who have been baptized 24. Which eternal truth corrects the following worldly philosophy: "God doesn't care how marriage is defined"? (1 mark) a) Ever individual born into morality is a child of God, and God loves each of us. b) Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. c) God changes truth to meet the circumstances and needs of His children. 25. Which eternal truth corrects the following worldly philosophy: "It isn't as important for couples to have children today as it used to a) Marriage between a man and a woman is the ideal setting for children to be born, reared, and nurtured. b) God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between a man and a woman who are lawfully wedded as husband and wife. c) God's commandment fr husbands and wives to have children remains in force today. 26. Which eternal truth corrects the following worldly philosophy: "As long as two individuals love each other, physical intimacy is acceptable"? (1 mark) a) Marriage between a man and a woman is the ideal setting for children to be born, reared, and nurtured. b) Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. c) God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between a man and a woman who are lawfully wedded as husband and wife. 27. Which eternal truth corrects the following worldly philosophy: "As governments continue to redefine marriage, God's definition of marriage will change to reflect the values of modern society"? (1 mark) a) Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. b) God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between a man and a woman who are lawfully wedded as husband and wife. c) Changes in the civil law do not change the moral law that God has established. 28. Which eternal truth corrects the following worldly philosophy: "The only purpose of marriage is for adults to find fulfillment and happiness"? (1 mark) a) Marriage between a man and a woman is the ideal setting for children to be born, reared, and nurtured. b) Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. c) God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between a man and a woman who are lawfully wedded as husband and wife. Section name: Explain Doctrine _ Instructions: Write your answer on a piece of paper. Compare your response with the correct answer received from your teacher. After self-grading the explain-doctrine question, bubble in your answer sheet. Self-grade your answer for each question: a. Yes, I explained this in my response. b. No, I left this out of my response. 29. What is an example of a truth that was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith? Explain why the truth you chose can help you receive eternal life. (1 mark) 30. What is an example of an ordinance that was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith? Explain why the ordinance you chose can help you receive eternal life. (1 mark) 31. What is an example of priesthood authority that was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith? Explain why this authority of the priesthood can help you receive eternal life. (1 mark) 32. Share your personal thoughts on the importance of the Prophet Joseph Smith. (1 mark)
  2. The timeline and reasons of how the idea of polygamy evolved into practice is perplexing. It is causing me doubt how scriptures are to be obeyed, and how to trust the revelatory process. Let's look at the pattern Joseph Smith followed: March 1830 - Joseph Smith publishes the Book of Mormon (supposedly scripture) which contains commandments from God. The only discussion of polygamy is found in Jacob 2, which clearly condemns the practice. However, there is a provision given for exceptions: only to 'raise up seed' if God commands it. The Gospel Topics Essay on Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo states that "After receiving a revelation commanding him to practice plural marriage, Joseph Smith married multiple wives and introduced the practice to close associates." The only revelation I know of on polygamy came in July 1843 (D&C 132), yet Joseph Smith had married 22 (by some count) additional wives by July 1843. 2 Big Questions: 1. What revelation did Joseph Smith receive (per the mentioned Gospel Topic Essay) before the D&C 132 revelation that told him to practice polygamy, despite the Book of Mormon's 1830 prohibition (with exception)? 2. In light of the Jacob 2:30 provision for the allowance of polygamy to "raise up seed unto me..." why are there no (known) children that emerged from Joseph Smith's plural wives? Joseph apparently did not use polygamy to 'raise up seed.'
  3. In Helaman 13, Samuel the Lamanite gives dire prophetic warnings to the Nephites from the walls of Zarahemla. He predicts their destruction will come in 400 years as the result of wickedness, rejecting the Prophets, pride, and seeking after wealth. He warns, Then he says, Two questions: 1. Is anyone aware of other literary references to such notions as slippery treasure, tools, swords, etc., especially in the Early Moden English time period? 2. This is often used by BoM critics as evidence Joseph Smith was writing from his experience with the treasure-seeking atmosphere in early 19th-century upstate New York. Does the EModE theory that Joseph was not the author of the BoM text but was reading someone else’s words, whatever their source, resolve this issue?
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