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Question #23421 posted on 03/13/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I know that at one point in time seminary students were required to memorize 40 scriptures a year as opposed to the current 25. Would you know where I can find a list of the original 160 scripture mastery scriptures? Thank you so much!

- Stubs

A: Dear Stubs,

You have no idea how ridiculously hard this question was. No seriously. I've spent forever calling different seminaries all over Utah, visited Church Distribution, Deseret Book, and Seagull Book, searched through various websites, talked to people who might know, etc. The problem was that the Scripture Mastery program changed around 1986, before the internet and computers were around like they are today. I finally got this list from a co-worker, we'll call her... um... Ashley*. Anyway, Ashley is absolutely amazing and deserving of much praise. She and her husband braved the elements to go down to her in-law's house to search for this list. She even dropped the list off at my house. Amazing. That said, I owe Ashley a huge THANK YOU!!! and owe you an apology that this question took so long to post.

So, here, in all of its glory, is the list of the 160 original Scripture Mastery Scriptures. Treasure it. Other than the 100 Hour Board and Ashley's in-law's crawlspace, it's nowhere to be found.

The Original Scripture Mastery List

Book of Mormon
1 Nephi 3:7
1 Nephi 15:34
1 Nephi 19:23
2 Nephi 2:11
2 Nephi 2:25
2 Nephi 2:27
2 Nephi 9:28-29
2 Nephi 28:8
2 Nephi 31:13
2 Nephi 31:20
2 Nephi 32:8-9
Jacob 2:18-19
Mosiah 2:17
Mosiah 3:19
Mosiah 4:30
Mosiah 4:27
Alma 4:10
Alma 5:14
Alma 11:40
Alma 11:43
Alma 22:18
Alma 30:60
Alma 32:21
Alma 34:32-34
Alma 36:18-19
Alma 37:6-7
Alma 37:35
Alma 41:10
Alma 46:12
Helamen 5:12
3 Nephi 11:14-15
3 Nephi 11:29
3 Nephi 12:48
3 Nephi 27:8
Ether 12:6
Ether 12:27
Ether 12:41
Moroni 7:16-17
Moroni 8:12
Moroni 10:4

Doctrine & Covenants
D&C 1:14, 37-38
D&C 9:7-9
D&C 13:1
D&C 14:7
D&C 18:15,16
D&C 19:16-19
D&C 20:25, 26
D&C 20:37
D&C 58:26-29
D&C 58:42-43
D&C 59 9-13
D&C 59:21
D&C 64:9-11
D&C 64:23
D&C 68:25-27
D&C 72:3-4
D&C 76:22-24
D&C 76:111-112
D&C 82:3
D&C 82:10
D&C 84:33-39
D&C 88:78-79
D&C 88:123, 124
D&C 89:2-4
D&C 89:18-21
D&C 93:24
D&C 104:15-17
D&C 115:5-6
D&C 119:4
D&C 121:34-40
D&C 128:15
D&C 130:18-19
D&C 130:20-21
D&C 130:22-23
D&C 131:1-4
D&C 132:15
JS History 1:5-20
JS History 1:69
Moses 1:39
Abraham 3:22-23

Old Testament
Genesis 1:26-27
Genesis 14:20
Genesis 17:4-7
Genesis 39:9
Genesis 49:22
Exodus 20:3-8, 12-17
Exodus 28:1
Exodus 33:11
Deuteronomy 4:2
Deuteronomy 7:3, 6-7
Deuteronomy 18:18-22
Joshua 24:15
Ruth 1:16-17
1 Samuel 15:22
1 Samuel 16:7
1 Kings 18:21
1 Chronicles 29:29
Job 19:25-26
Psalms 24:3-4
Proverbs 13:1
Proverbs 3:5-6
Isaiah 1:18
Isaiah 2:2-3
Isaiah 8:19-20
Isaiah 9:6
Isaiah 14:12-15
Isaiah 24:5-6
Isaiah 29:13-14
Isaiah 55:8-9
Isaiah 58:13-14
Jeremiah 1:4-5
Jeremiah 16:16-21
Ezekiel 37:15-17
Daniel 2:28, 44
Joel 2:28-32
Amos 3:7
Amos 8:11-12
Amos 9:8-9
Malachi 3:8-10
Malachi 4:5-6

New Testament
Matthew 5:14-16
Matthew 6:24
Matthew 7:21-23
Matthew 11:28
Matthew 16:15-19
Luke 24:36-39
John 1:1-3, 14
John 3:4
John 5:22
John 5:28-29
John 7:17
John 8:31-32
John 10:16
John 14:2
Acts 2:37-38
Acts 7:55-56
Acts 20:29-30
Romans 1:16
1 Corinthians 10:13
1 Corinthians 15:20-22
1 Corinthians 15:29
1 Corinthians 15:40-42
Ephesians 2:19-20
Ephesians 4:11-14
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
2 Timothy 3:1-7
2 Timothy 4:3-4
Hebrews 5:4
Hebrews 12:9
James 1:5
James 2:17-18
James 5:14-15
1 Peter 4:6
1 Peter 3:18-19
1 John 1:8
Revelation 14:6-7
Revelation 20:12-13
John 14:15
James 1:22

Now, go look them up one at a time. Read thoroughly and ponder carefully. Apply to personal circumstances. Think about how grateful you are for Lavish, the 100 Hour Board, and Ashley. Repeat.

- Lavish

* Names may have been changed.