A Mother's Educational Course for Latter-day Saints

Divinity for 2014
Old Testament

"And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."   (Deuteronomy 6: 5 -7)

Divinity Recommended Resources for 2014

  • Book of Mormon
  • Old Testament (King James Version)
  • Old Testament Class Member Study Guide
  • Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith
  • Ensign Magazine
  • Mormon Channel
  • Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  (1985) 
  • Children's Songbook of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Divinity Journal
  • Temple Attendance
  • Patriarchal Blessing
  • Faith in God, Duty to God, and/or Personal Progress
  • Daughters in my Kingdom
  • Study Guide of your choice (to go along with Old Testament study)
  • General Authority Biography of your choice
  • Doctrinal/Inspirational book of your choice



Divinity Guide for 2014

Mountaineer Level

1. Read from the Book of Mormon regularly (daily if possible, even if only 1 verse).

2. Read and study the Old Testament to be prepared for the Gospel Doctrine lesson each week.  (Refer to the Old Testament Class Member Study Guide)

3. Read and be prepared for the Relief Society Lessons from the Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith.. Usually there are 2 of these lessons each month. Check your own ward/stake calendar and schedule to see what you need to read. Read these lessons before 
they are covered in R.S if possible.

4.  Keep a Divinity Journal.  In the journal you can record any thoughts, impressions and spiritual experiences you may have during your study.  You could list scriptures that influence you.  Also include copywork of the hymns you memorize, passages from any of the readings, and scriptures you especially like.  Writing summaries of the readings could also be an aspect of the Divinity Journal.

Inspirator Level

1. Complete all assignments from the Mountaineer level.

2.  Make a goal to attend the temple monthly.  If you have not been to the temple, make a goal to prepare yourself to attend by the end of the year.  Take your own family names if possible.

3.  Read your patriarchal blessing monthly.  Let it be a guide for your life.  If you have not yet received one, prepare yourself to receive it by the end of the year.

4. Read each month's Ensign magazine from cover to cover.  If you would like to spread the conference issues out longer (May and November), you can choose to read 2 or 3 articles a week.  Then in the months of May and November you can catch up on other Ensigns you may not have finished yet.

Adventurer Level

1. Complete all assignments from the Mountaineer & Inspirator levels.

2. Read Daughters in My Kingdom.  This book can be completed quickly.  You may wish to read it more than once.  Take notes for your Divinity Journal.

3. Choose one, two or all of the following options:

Option 1 - Further Study of the Old Testament

~Read or study at least one book/study guide to further your understanding of the Old Testament.  Here are some possible resources but you may choose any book of your choice:

  • Old Testament Student Manual: Genesis - 2 Samuel, Religion 301 
  • Old Testament Student Manual: 1 Kings to Malachi, Religion 302
  • The Old Testament Made Easier Parts 1, 2 and 3 by David J. Ridges
  • The Essential Old Testament Companion by Kerry Muhlestein
  • Verse by Verse, The Old Testament Volumes 1 and 2 by  D. Kelly Ogden and Andrew C. Skinner
  • Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Old Testament by Dennis Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen
  • The Old Testament for Latter-day Saint Families Edited by Thomas R. Valletta
  • Old Testament Visual Resources DVD

Option 2 - Read a Biography of a General Authority

~Read at least one biography of a General Authority (or other inspirational LDS person).  Here are just a few possibilities:

  • To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson by Heidi S. Swinton
  • The History of Joseph Smith by His Mother by Lucy Mack Smith
  • A Disciple's Life: The Biography of Neal A. Maxwell by Bruce C. Hafen
  • Go Forward with Faith: The Biography of President Gordon B. Hinckley by Sheri L. Dew
  • L. Tom Perry, An Uncommon Life: Years of Preparation, 1922 - 1976 by Lee Tom Perry

Option 3 - Read a Doctrinal/Inspirational Book

~Read at least one book of your choice.  Here are some examples from previous years but the possibilities are endless:

  • Inspiring Experiences that Build Faith by Thomas S. Monson
  • Pathways to Perfection by Thomas S. Monson
  • Be Your Best Self by Thomas S. Monson
  • The Holy Temple by Boyd K. Packer
  • The Holy Secret by James L. Ferrell
  • The Temple: Where Heaven Meets Earth by Truman G. Madsen
  • Faith Rewarded: A Personal Account of Prophetic Promises to the East German Saints by Thomas S. Monson
  • Hearing the Voice of the Lord: Principles and Patterns of Personal Revelation by Gerald N. Lund
  • A Witness and a Warning by Ezra Taft Benson
  • Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage
  • A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by LeGrand Richards
  • Eve and the Choice Made in Eden by Beverly Campbell
  • Sisters At The Well: Women and the Life and Teachings of Jesus by Jeni & Richard Holzapfel
  • The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball
  • Beloved Bridegroom by Donna Nielson
  • Peculiar in a Good Way by Mary Ellen Edmunds
  • Faith Precedes the Miracle by Spencer W. Kimball

Summiteer Level

1. Complete all the assignments from all previous levels.

2. Choose and listen to a radio series or archived program on the Mormon Channel (try to listen weekly, but aim for twice a month).

3.  Read and memorize one hymn or primary song each month. Try to learn all the verses but at least memorize the first verse. Ponder on the words of the hymn/song and write down any thoughts you have. Play the hymn/song during the month -- CD's with or without words are available through the Distribution Center, or listen free online at 
(Divinity Journal Suggestion - write out the words to the hymns you have chosen as copywork.)

There is also a wonderful series of episodes on different LDS hymns at the following link:


4. (If Applicable)  Select goals and work on Faith in God, Duty to God, and/or Personal Progress with your children or just by yourself.  Check on and track your progress weekly and that of your son or daughter.

Helpful Online Resources:










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