Please let me know if you need me to elaborate some more on the topic or instruc

Please let me know if you need me to elaborate some more on the topic or instructions, thank you!
You can use these for your sources!
– Dallin H. Oaks, “The Divinely Inspired Constitution,” Ensign, February 1992, pp. 68-74. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1992/02/the-divinely-inspired-
constitution?lang=eng.
– Dallin H. Oaks, “Defending our Divinely Inspired Constitution,” Liahona, May 2021.
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/liahona/2021/05/51oaks?lang=eng.
– Rex E. Lee, “The Constitution and the Restoration,” Brigham Young University Devotional Address, January 15, 1991.
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/rex-e-lee/constitution-restoration/.
PAPER INSTRUCTIONS
Topic: Many scholars
refer to the U.S. Constitution as a “living” document. Many Latter-day Saint
and other religious leaders refer to the U.S. Constitution as divinely
inspired. Compare and contrast these two points of view. Are they consistent
with each other? In other words, is it possible to have a divinely inspired
document that is also living? If so, why? If not, why not?
As you consider your thesis, think about the definition and
subsequent implications of the U.S. Constitution as a “living” document. Also
think about the definition and subsequent implications of the U.S. Constitution
as a product of divine inspiration. What does it mean for a document to be
living and/or divinely inspired?
Sources: You should draw upon the articles by President
Dallin H. Oaks and former BYU President Rex E. Lee listed in the syllabus. You
may also use the course textbook. Additional sources are permitted but not
required.
Citations: All ideas borrowed from others, whether direct
quotations or not, should be properly cited. You may use any standard style
guide (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago Manual, etc.) and either footnotes/endnotes
or in-text references. I suggest you choose the citation standard most commonly
used in your major. The most important thing is to pick a style guide and
follow it consistently. Political science majors should learn to use Turabian
in-text references and a reference list. If you cite sources from the internet,
please take extra care—some are not credible. Your papers will be submitted via
Learning Suite to Turnitin.com before they are graded, so make sure you
attribute any quotes or ideas that are not your own to their original source.
Length and Format: Your paper should include a title and be
between 2-3 double spaced pages, using a 10- or 12-point font, and one-inch
margins. Be sure to change the margins to one inch on each side since that is
not always the default. You do not need a cover page, but on the first page
please include your name and the name of your teaching assistant. You may submit
your paper to Learning Suite as a Word file, RTF file, or as a PDF.
Helpful hints:
1.
At the end of your introductory paragraph,
include a clear thesis statement that guides the rest of your paper. For
example: “Although divinely inspired documents typically do not change and
evolve, the U.S. Constitution is both a living document and is divinely
inspired because ______________.”
Then, use subsequent paragraphs to discuss each supporting
point from your thesis statement in depth. Use a paragraph for each supporting
point and present these paragraphs in a logical way that follows the order in
the thesis statement. You may also need to summarize the most important
criticism of your position and discuss why that criticism does not defeat your
argument. End your paper with a strong concluding paragraph that restates your
original thesis.
2. Outline your argument before you write. Read through the
source material and outline your arguments before you start writing. The paper
will be easier to write and the structure of your first draft will make more
sense if you outline your main ideas in advance.
3. “Spelling counts.” Grammar and syntax are not the primary
focus of the grading, but sloppy papers will detract clearly communicating your
ideas and result in a lower grade. Eliminate errors with careful editing and
knowledgeable feedback. By writing clearly and cleanly you present yourself as
a competent source on the topic. Use the active voice—don’t write: “There is
evidence that the founders were divinely inspired…” Instead, say “Dallin H.
Oaks, Rex Lee, and many other religious leaders assert that the founders
benefited from divine inspiration…” Do you see the difference? The active voice
nearly always beats the passive voice; it reads more easily and leaves no doubt
about who is kicking who.

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