Bloggernacle Back Bench: 2013 LDS Church curriculum

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 13 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

A new video "Teaching the Gospel in the Savior's Way" introduces the new youth curriculum for the LDS Church.


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It hardly seems likely, but the end of the year, and thus the first of the new 2013 curriculum cycle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is fast approaching. Are you ready? This year, there are some big curriculum changes in the youth program and if you teach or work with youths, I’d suggest clicking in to get a glimpse of what is in store. Plus view the Primary "Outline for Sharing Time: I am a Child of God" and find out which prophet the Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood will be studying.

In one fell blog swoop, Larry Richman links to many of the “LDS Curriculum for 2013” resources including the overview document “Instructions for Curriculum 2013” that highlights the upcoming changes. Note that the adults will be studying the Doctrine and Covenants this year in their Sunday School classes. Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood will be studying from “The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow” on the second and third Sundays (not online yet, but purchasable in the link below).

But the biggest news is the youth curriculum changes, the “Come, Follow Me” outline will be used in both Young Women/Young Men and the associated Sunday School courses. And, it will be mostly accessed online. The instructions document explains, “Printed copies will be provided as determined by area leaders.” And check out this how to “Learn More about Come, Follow Me” introduction page, which includes a video that describes “Teaching the Gospel in the Savior’s Way.” I echo their invitation to come in and explore this new program. Oh, and the FAQ section can also be very helpful, especially for youth leaders curious about how to correctly implement the program.

Many of these curriculum resources will be available in app form. Richman explains, “Most of the materials can be viewed and downloaded online at lds.org/manuals or accessed in classrooms on mobile devices using the LDS Church’s Gospel Library mobile application.” Cool. Or, if you would like hard copies, click here.

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