Updated: Oct 3, 2020
If you want to submit a story, opinions or your beliefs, I do not want to limit your storytelling capacity. You’ll probably do a great job, but please do so in the blog post for Give Your Testimony. However, if you want to submit a credible case study of how you tried keeping a commandment and the results of doing so based on the scientific method you need to include the following:
1. Introduction: This includes your background, and how you are/were before starting the study
2. Problem: This is the motivation/the reason you want to change your life)
3. Proposal: This is what you are trying to prove. For this, there is a simple formula - (Commandment you would like to test) + "may be correlated to" + (possible benefit of obeying the commandment)
i. Example 1: Attending church weekly and applying its teachings to daily life may increase overall happiness.
ii. Example 2: Learning more about family history and performing temple work for ancestors may help families to experience more closeness and happiness
4. Methodology: How you are going to perform the study and the way someone else might replicate the study in the future. Some reliable survey examples include, but are not limited to:
1. Happiness - Oxford Happiness Questionnaire
2. Purpose – Purpose In Life Test (Crumbaugh & Maholick)
3. Academic Performance – Grade Point Average
4. Addiction – Addiction Severity Index
5. Stress – Perceived Stress Scale (10 questions)
6. Health – (Normally measured by a doctor)
i. Participants will be administered a survey that determines their starting (happiness, purpose, academic performance, addiction, stress, health, etc.)
ii. Participants will keep commandment (X) for (#) months.
iii. Researcher will record changes observed in participants.
iv. Participants will be administered the same survey as before.
v. Researcher will document the differences in the survey scores and the changes observed based on notes.
i. Take the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (available online)
ii. Attend church weekly and apply church teachings to daily life for 3 months
iii. After 3 months, take the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire again.
i. My family and I will each fill out the Perceived Stress Scale (available online)
ii. For at least 20 minutes each week for 3 months, my family and I will volunteer.
iii. After 3 months, my family and I will fill out the Perceived Stress Scale again.
5. Results: Compare the differences between the start and end questionnaire. Write out why you believe there were specific changes in the results.
6. Conclusions: State what you found from your research and what you learned.
i. Example 1: Based on my research study findings, attending church weekly and applying its teachings to daily life may be correlated to increased overall happiness. What I learned from my experience is how to exercise faith in keeping the commandments. In addition, I learned (X).
ii. Example 2: Based on my research study findings, volunteering may be correlated to decreased stress. What I learned from my experience is how to exercise faith in keeping the commandments. In addition, I learned (X).
7. Recommendations: Based on your research, what you would like other people to improve on in future studies on (happiness, purpose, academic performance, addiction, stress, health, etc.)?
Understanding and faith often comes from experience. I have not always kept the commandments. In taking an honest look at who I was before I began keeping the commandments and who I was even 6 months after keeping the commandments, I have seen a positive improvement in my happiness, understanding, health, confidence, and perspective. Maybe you will too. If you have many participants in your study, such as an entire congregation, then you can submit the results to be published in a paper and presented at an academic conference by searching “call for papers on religion” or another subject pertinent to your research topic (i.e. health, happiness, well-being, purpose, stress, etc.) and responding to the solicitation by the deadline for submission. If you would like other examples of academic papers or research studies, visit Google Scholar and type in the topic of your interest to view examples of common assessments and methodologies.
I am not sure that the comments will support the stories and research studies that people may provide, so I would recommend sharing a link to a viewable pdf in a GoogleDoc. But whatever you would like is best! Good luck!