The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new curriculum for adults on Friday.
During the Sunday meetings for Priesthood and Relief Society, the lessons will focus on learning from general conference messages and counseling together starting in 2018. The First Presidency announced the new material — “Come, Follow Me—For Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society Meetings” — in a letter.
“One of the reasons for the new approach is to give increased emphasis to the words of the living prophets,” said Elder LeGrand R. Curtis, general authority Seventy and assistant executive director in the Priesthood and Family Department, on the Church’s website. “We’re going to not just devote more time to the messages given by the senior leadership of the Church at general conference, but we are also going to provide some teaching tools to help the instruction and discussion of those messages be all the more rich and meaningful for the members of the Church.”
This new manual is similar to the youth program, “Come, Follow Me,” which was orchestrated in 2013. Individuals called to teach Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society are encouraged to follow the teaching approach as outlined in the Church’s manual, “Teaching in the Savior’s Way.”
Besides counseling together and reviewing recent general conference talks, the fourth Sunday of the month will be on a special topic selected by general leaders of the Church. These topics will be assigned every six months in the May and November issues of the Ensign and Liahona.
“Focusing our gospel study on the words of living prophets and apostles will give even greater meaning to our study of the ‘ancient’ scriptures,” said Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, on the Church’s website. “In our classes and quorums, we’ll help one another find ways to apply their counsel in our daily lives and then have the opportunity to share how we’ve been blessed from following that counsel. I love how this will help us learn from the Spirit as well as from one another.”
Previously, the Church used the “Teachings of Presidents of the Church” manuals from 1998 to 2017. These manuals organized lessons from previous teachings from the first 15 presidents of the Church.
Learn more about new program here.