REL 225—The Foundations of the Restoration

Welcome to REL 225!

Note: This course code has changed from FDEL 225 to REL 225. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

REL 225 is a study of key revelations, doctrine, people, and events related to the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ as found in the standard works, the teachings of modern prophets, and church history. These things will be studied in the context of the truths expressed in the Thirteen Articles of Faith—those things Joseph Smith Jr. identified as core beliefs for Latter-day Saints.

As we study the Articles of Faith, relevant scriptures, and teachings from modern-day instruction, be looking to identify connections, patterns, and themes that will deepen your understanding of the magnificent truths that cause the Gospel of Jesus Christ to stand apart from all other teachings and philosophies. 

You will have opportunities to share those insights and help others refine their understanding as well. Working together in small groups, you will be able to share testimony of the profound blessing of the restoration of the fullness of the gospel in this, the last dispensation. And you will be able to deepen your ability to learn by using the power of BYU–I's Learning Model principles to learn and grow exponentially together. 


  1. Deepen your understanding of the restored gospel, latter-day revelations, and church history and how these relate to Heavenly Father's plan for the redemption of His children.
  2. Further develop your capacity to study the scriptures in context and strengthen your scholarship relating to the restoration.
  3. Increase in your ability to seek truth, evaluate the validity and reliability of source material, and discern truth from error.
  4. As you develop greater faith in Jesus Christ and a stronger testimony of the restored gospel, you will increase in your commitment to make and keep sacred covenants and be better prepared to share the message of the restoration.

Major Doctrinal Emphases


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Required Materials

The LDS Standard Works are all available online. Or you may use your personal copies.

  1. Holy Bible
  2. Book of Mormon
  3. Doctrine & Covenants
  4. Pearl of Great Price

All additional readings are available through links in the course.

Course Architecture

In an online course, regular and sustained attention to the course is critical. You will not be successful by trying to cram all your learning into short, intensive bursts of study. Instead, pace yourself so you can ponder the profound truths of the scriptures and other readings daily. Be attentive to the reading assignments, course activities, and deadlines. Most assignments cannot be made up once the deadline has passed. However, if you feel you have extenuating circumstances that warrant special consideration, let your instructor know early. The earlier you inform your instructor, the more discretion he/she has to work with you. Any accommodations to course material and/or deadlines will be made at the sole discretion of your instructor.

Lessons generally run for one week. However, lessons 01 and 14 are shortened lessons. Lessons 02-14 will open a few days early to accommodate busy schedules. (You will have to determine what your due dates/times are in your specific time zone.)

Plan to spend six to eight hours every week for this course (three to four hours per credit). If you cannot give that much time to the course work this semester, please consider taking the course at another time. You will be working in small groups each week. Partial, or non-involvement in the course will hamper both you and your classmates' ability to learn deeply.

Each week you will be asked to thoughtfully read in the Standard Works, talks given by General Authorities and other officers of the church, and additional, related material in order to gain better doctrinal understanding of the truths being taught. Be sure to read all the Lesson Truths and Key Preparation Study materials. You will need that information to complete your other assignments.

Then, in the weekly activities, you will become both a learner and a teacher as you use what you are learning to teach others and make changes in your life. The activities will help you better understand scriptural insights as you share what you are learning with others, respond to their questions, and find ways to incorporate gospel principles more fully into your daily life. Every activity is designed to help you draw closer to Jesus Christ. There is no busywork in this course unless you choose to make it so. Graphics on various activities will help you know the kind of learning you are experiencing.

Even though this course is online, it is not an independent study course. You will be expected to interact with classmates and others in order to teach and learn from them. You will need to participate together in some of the course activities. Group activities can provide some of the most powerful experiences in the course if you will put your best effort into them and earnestly seek to learn from one another.

President Spencer W. Kimball has reminded us that “God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs.” - Small Acts of Service, Ensign, December 1974. Let your classmates help meet your needs and help your understanding and commitment to the gospel grow as you study gospel truths together.

This course has two weekly due dates/times: 

Course Resources

Course Activities


Carefully read the Article(s) of Faith, and the Lesson Truths for the Study Assignments in each lesson 1. They will help you know what you should focus on as you study the doctrines and principles for that lesson. Then, complete your first post on the Study Group Discussion Board and respond to other classmate's insights.



The general breakdown of course points is as follows:

Lesson 01 Activities
Course Readiness Quiz x 1 10 pts. 10
Course Etiquette Quiz  x 1 5 pts. 5
Getting Acquainted Discussion Board x 1 10 pts. 10
Reflection and Synthesis x 1 40 pts. 40
Lesson 02-14 Activities

Study Group (Initial Insights an Final Insights)

x 12

20 pts.


Reflection and Synthesis

x 12

40 pts.


Weekly Report 

Study Assignment

Other Accountability


x 12

x 12







Total Points 1109

Grading Scale 

A 93 - 100% B 83 - 86% C 73 - 76% D 63-66%
A- 90 - 92% B- 80 - 82% C- 70 - 72% D- 60-62%
B+ 89 - 87% C+ 77 - 79% D+ 67 - 69% F 59% and below

Late Work Policy

Assignments are due on the day indicated. Work that is late hampers both you and your classmates' ability to fully participate in the course, and will be accepted only at your instructor's discretion. No late work will be accepted without first obtaining permission from the instructor. Inform your instructor before the assignment is due of your extenuating circumstances. Any late work that is accepted is subject to a penalty as determined by your instructor.

Other Policies

The University has established and posted policies concerning sexual harassment, plagiarism, and disabilities services. Please review the following University documents:

Also, your grade may be affected if you are disrespectful in any of your communications throughout this course. Common courtesy is an expectation for disciple learners. You can strongly disagree with someone and still be civil and respectful in your dialogue. 

Final Note: The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place, so pay attention to communication from your instructor.