“Doctrinal Mastery,” Ensign, November 2016
In today’s world of instant internet information, youth are no longer isolated from people who attack the Church. But a new initiative called Doctrinal Mastery is helping seminary students develop a deeper understanding of gospel doctrine and increase their faith in Jesus Christ.
Students are also learning how to respond to difficult questions and issues by acting in faith, examining concepts and questions with an eternal perspective, and seeking further understanding through divinely appointed sources.
In an address to Seminaries and Institutes personnel, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said of Doctrinal Mastery: “This initiative is inspired and timely. It will have a wonderful influence on our young people.”
The major aims of Doctrinal Mastery are to help students:
Acquire spiritual knowledge.
Master the doctrine of the gospel and the scripture passages in which that doctrine is taught.
Building on what was previously accomplished through Scripture Mastery, this in-depth effort is enabling students to strengthen their conversion and commitment as disciples of Jesus Christ, find protection against the influences of the adversary, and bless the lives of others.
Doctrinal Mastery resources can be found at lds.org/si/seminary/manuals.