Since I’m a teacher in Relief Society I’ve been looking, and it appears we’ll be taking a break from the Teachings of the Prophets series we’ve had over the last few years as the Relief Society/ Melchizedek Priesthood course of study. The new curriculum for 2010-2011 will be the Revised Gospel Principles Manual.
I am convinced Church leaders want to make sure the whole church is firmly based on, well, “the basics.” I’ve heard references to teaching our family the basics several times over the last few months, and I’m guessing it was pointing the way toward the upcoming manual. I am also convinced this will be a good thing. It really felt as though they were having to stretch for material near the end of the Joseph Smith manual, and I can’t think how many times we get lessons on reviewing whether or not we’re doing the basics. So now we get to talk about those basics and get real clear on the church’s position versus the stuff people make up in their heads. Which can be pretty scary I gotta tell you!
In the past we’ve had courses of study from the following:
1998-1999, Brigham Young, 2000-2001, Joseph F. Smith, 2002, Harold B. Lee, 2003, John Taylor, 2004, Heber J. Grant, 2005, David O. McKay, 2006, Wilford Woodruff, 2007, Spencer W. Kimball, 2008-2009, Joseph Smith
So the prophets still to be studied are:
Lorenzo Snow, George Albert Smith, Joseph Fielding Smith, Ezra Taft Benson, Howard W. Hunter, and Gordon B. Hinckley.
In this instance, I’m excited about getting back to the basics and prepared to “come what may and love it!”