REL 431H - Doctrines of the Gospel
Final Exercise
Instructor: Dr. Marcus H. Martins

Feel free to discuss these questions with your roommates, neighbors, and even myself; but keep in mind that the actual writing must be the result of individual work. Any detectable attempt to copy answers from other students will be considered a serious violation of the Honor Code and will subject the perpetrator(s) to appropriate disciplinary action.

Type your answers and print the document in order to turn it in on December 8 (see below).  Limit you answers to no more than four short paragraphs per question, unless you absolutely need to write more. That will require you to be very specific in the exposition of your ideas.  Paraphrase any quotations you decide to use and add the reference so I'll know where you got it.

First Question  -  50 points

A full‑time missionary who has been serving for about a year states he that hasn't been able to feel the spirit for quite some time. Recently he watched a Church movie and couldn't feel anything.  Is this missionary in some kind of trouble?  If so, how would you counsel him?

(Suggested Reading: Articles on the course website about the Holy Ghost and Revelation)

Second Question - 100 points

After the recent deaths of loved ones, an eight-year-old child once asked: “Why do people have to die? I wish Adam and Eve would have quickly eaten the fruit of life so that we could live happily forever ...”

How would you reply? Would humankind be better off if--after partaking of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil--Adam and Eve had also partaken of the fruit of life, thus making death impossible? Assume that this child is now an adult, and give three scripture-based reasons to justify your answer.

(Suggested Reading: 2 Nephi 2:16, 22-23; 26-27 - 2 Nephi 9:6-10 - Alma 42:5,11)

Third Question - 100 points

Imagine (1971)
by John Winston Ono Lennon

Imagine there's no Heaven / It's easy if you try
No hell below us / Above us only sky
Imagine all the people / Living for today ...

Imagine there's no countries / It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for / And no religion too
Imagine all the people / Living life in peace ...

These lyrics have inspired people around the world for four decades.  Choose two ideas from Lennon's lyrics and explain whether or not they would be in harmony with the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

(Suggested Readings: Doctrine & Covenants 84:43-53, 33-39; 104:13-18; 134:1-7, 9-10; Check your notes made during our classroom discussions about "Basic Insights")

We will grade the exam together in our regular classroom on Monday, December 8, at 8:40am. At that time you will turn in your final exam (spell-checked, printed) so I can take a look at it and record your score.