Doctrinal Mastery Scriptures for New Testament 2016

Doctrinal Mastery for 2016 LDS SeminaryAs per tradition, I put together an easy-to-print set scriptures for seminary. In 2016 the church is moving towards a “Doctrinal Mastery” program. I am sure there will be some changes, but the seminary teachers I spoke to are planing to emphasize these doctrinal mastery verses in ways that are similar to the scripture mastery verses. They are hoping to display the verses and work on memorizing them with their seminary classes. I formatted each verse in a way that is clean and simple, along with an icon that I hope captures an important doctrinal element of the verse itself. They are black and white so they should be easy to photocopy.

I have a freshman in early morning seminary this year (hello again, 5:50 am) so I am happy to have a set of these printables around the house. I really like to have the whole set ready to print at the beginning of the year and then we can easily incorporate them into FHE or scripture study as a family without much prep.

The full set of 25 are available in a PDF below. Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll reformat these into quarter page sizes. Check out the past three sets (for Old Testament, D&C and Book of Mormon) in the “Scripture Study” tab of this website.

I like to keep editing and adding to this specific post with New Testament Doctrinal Mastery helps. I think it makes it simpler for all Pinterest links to lead here and for readers and teachers to find everything in one place. The first edit is an update on John 3:5! I think the imagery is easy to interpret. But just in case you’re sensitive to confusion with the infant baptism doctrine, there’s another version available below!

John 3 and 5 alternate

Next up is the quarter page size of all 25 (plus the alternate image) New Testament doctrinal mastery verses. I really like this size a lot: very portable. There are two variations. First is what I call the individual set: it’s 7 pages with all 26 (plus 1) scriptures formatted to fit four-per-page. You can see what I mean below.

New Testament Individual quarter page

The next one I call the classroom version. It’s the same size (quarter page, four-per-page) but there are four of the same verse on each page. So it’s more like what you’d copy for a classroom. There are 26 total pages (25 plus the edit).

NT Printables classroom set

Ok, here’s a set of the doctrinal mastery scriptures all on one page.Doctrinal Mastery One Page

This one has the girl being baptized image rather than the “baby” for John 3:5.

The flashcards are available! Click here for a post explaining how they are designed, or click below for the PDF document with the two sided flashcards.


Here’s a copy of all the images on one page with the simplified doctrinal explanation below. I think it’s great for a study guide.

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  • Shawna

    Will you be doing this with the Book of Mormon Doctrinal Mastery scriptures. The new testament ones were great!

  • Laurie Millett

    Love your stuff!! I have been a seminary teacher for 2 years and you have saved me so much time with your printables. When will you have the Book of Mormon doctrinal mastery printables? You are a blessing. Thanks so much for your service! Laurie

  • Rachel Davis

    DWG–I’m not really sure what you mean? I’d love to hear more about how you order them by DM topic. I am happy to adjust this project if it will be more valuable for teachers and students.

  • DWG

    These are wonderful. I’m using them, but i have a suggestion. Instead of ordering them by book, can they be ordered by DM topic? That would make them even more valuable as you were teaching as the class could see the scriptures they need.

  • Elaine Rigby

    Thank you so much for these helps! You have taken the “hard” out of learning the passages.

  • Brother Nelson

    Hi Rachel. I am an S&I Coordinator and these types of resources are super helpful. I am going to share this with the 5 stakes I oversee here in New Zealand. Thank you for your generous time in providing these resources free for our seminary teachers.

  • Kathryn

    Thank you so much for making these available for free. What a blessing this is. I look forward to following your posts. Merry Christmas!

  • Mary Sherwood

    Thank you so much for your willingness to share all of your hard work with us. It’s such a blessing to find this today and I know it will help my class tremendously for the rest of the year. 🙂

  • Carolynn Knoop

    Thank you so much for doing this!! It is a great resource and super helpful. Love it!!!!

  • Kathelen

    Thank you, these are great! I love your design work.

  • Linda Edwards

    I love these! I showed them to my teens and they really liked them too but they liked the simplified OT page the best. Will you or could you make a simplified NT page soon? We’d love to use it for seminary this year. Thanks for all your hard work!

  • wendy

    Just what I was looking to create for my boys. Thanks to you I didn’t need to reinvent the wheel and you saved me oodles of time. Props to you

  • Tyler

    Love love love your creativity! My Michigan students and I thank you for all you do! Thank you so much for sharing these fun teaching tools. Have you made cards for the 9 Doctrinal mastery topics? I’m looking to decorate the classroom with the topics and continually refer back to them throughout the year.

    • The Godhead
    • The plan of salvation
    • The Atonement of Jesus Christ
    • The Restoration
    • Prophets and revelation
    • Priesthood and priesthood keys
    • Ordinances and covenants
    • Marriage and family
    • Commandments

  • Honor Mason

    Thank you so much for sharing these gorgeous images with us. I can’t wait to share them with my class. Very much appreciated x

  • Shelley Eakin

    Love, Love, Love this! So wonderful of you to share your great talent with all. My boys in seminary find these so helpful. Thank so much!

  • BroSimonSays

    I really appreciate how freely you share your talents and your hard work! I love your material. It is beautiful without being distracting. Thank you, and keep up the great work!

  • Rachel Davis

    Karen! My husband and I had this same discussion. Because we don’t believe in infant baptism, obviously. But we do believe in being “born again.” The baby is meant to signify birth and the water below is a reminder “by water and by the spirit.” I will continue to ponder whether there is an image the captures this idea better, but I am confident that teachers and students will be able to understand the imagery.

  • Karen

    I used your site for Old Testament and D&C Seminary and appreciate the simple elegance of your charts and cards. Thanks for doing the Doctrinal Mastery scriptures for New Testament! Regarding the little picture for John 3:5, I wonder if a picture of an older person rather than an infant would more accurately reflect baptism being necessary for those age 8 and above? Just a thought. Thanks again for all you do.

  • JH

    Thank you so much for sharing your work, Rachel!! I used your Old Testament printables last year in my seminary class and loved them. So happy to have the set for New Testament this year! I can’t tell you how grateful I am to you! Best of luck with the 5:50 am thing–I feel ya, sister! Mahalo!!

  • Rachel Davis

    We do have a Castle Rock connection! I remember you guys! 🙂 ! So glad you’re teaching seminary. Thank you!

  • Pam Harp

    Rachel, These are so wonderful! I think we have a Castle Rock connection. This is my first year of early morning seminary teaching, I am glad I found you. You are awesome, thank you!

  • Rachel Davis

    I’m so glad! Thanks for your work in seminary! Good seminary teachers are invaluable. What exactly do you mean by a “symbol for the DM category”? Do you just mean for the new DM verses? Or another symbols that denotes it’s doctrinal mastery?

  • JK

    Thank you!! I used your system last year and loved it, I can’t wait for the flash cards! My students LOVE them. I would love if they also had a symbol for the DM category…

  • Cori

    Rachel, these are awesome once again! Thank you so much. I love the baby face over the water. Each one is so easy to remember with your simple visual.

  • anita

    thanks! i’ve been called to teach early morning (my son’s class) this upcoming year so am especially grateful 🙂

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