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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Church Releases New Curriculum Information for 2020; New Resource Available

Hello again, everyone! Not sure how I missed this, but two days ago, the Church released information and instructions for curriculum that will be used Church-wide next year in our block meetings. This continues the second year of the "Come Follow Me" curriculum, which will focus our study on the Book of Mormon. There will be, as there was this year, a manul for individuals and families, a manual specifically for Primary-aged children (3-11 years old) with the nursery manual "Behold Your Little Ones" to be used for those 18 months-3 years old.

The adults and youth will use the same Sunday School manual, and in youth quorums and classes, there willl be a "Come Follow Me" manual for Aaronic Priesthood holders, and another for young women. With the seminary curriculum fully aligning with the Come Follow Me course of study, there will be separate manuals for seminary instructors and students. But there will also be a minor change in the available resources for Elders' Quorums and Relief Society members, who will continue to study General Conference addresses on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.

That particular change was made in part with the release of the May 2019 Ensign. In 2018, the relevant sections of the Ensgin had provided summaries and suggestions for those teaching from the talks given by the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and general officers of the Church. But in the May 2019 Ensign, a two-page section was used to offer more general suggestions and guidelines, placing the emphasis on the inspiration of the instructors, and on the preparation of members of Quorums and Relief Societies to be prepared to discuss what they learned from the addresses.

It appears that section will become the new standard which will be shared in each subsequent May and November General Conference Ensign, and the instructions for curriculum include a separate link to that particular resource.  With the timing of the release of these particular instructions, we again see a prime example of how President Nelson is ahead of the curve. In years past, it was not uncommon for those instructions to be released in August or September, with the expectation that each Church unit would order the needed curriculum before the end of October.

The comparatively earlier release of these instructions which we have seen under President Nelson's administration appears to be an acknowledgement by the Brethren that more time may be needed for individual congregations to figure out what materials to order. And that is wonderful to see. For my part, I am grateful to have been able to find and share this news here. I also continue to monitor any and all Church news and temple updates and will bring word of those to you all here as I become aware of such things.

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