SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Just days before the 186th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Church announced exciting changes coming to Sunday meetings for more than 15 million members. Early Wednesday morning, Elder Escuelo Domingo of the Sunday School Meeting Schedule Board announced that the regular Sunday block schedule would see some drastic changes over the next few weeks as a new meeting schedule is rolled-out to LDS wards and branches worldwide.
“As a part of the church’s ongoing mission to perfect the saints, we are pleased to announce a change to the regular Sunday meeting schedule and a new Sunday School curriculum,” he said.
“Sunday church meetings will now consist of two, 2-hour blocks, including Sacrament and Priesthood and Relief Society in the first two hour block, and an elective-style block of classes for the second two hour block, with an hour meal break between the two blocks.”
“Over the past few years, we have made changes to the missionary teaching curriculum, youth curriculum, and the time has come to continue rolling out additional changes to the teaching structure for adults of the church,” Elder Domingo stated as he addressed throngs of media gathered for the press conference at church headquarters in Salt Lake City. “During the second two hour block, we will also add an additional hour to the other meetings including Primary and Young Men and Young Women classes.”
An audible gasp could be heard amongst members of the media.
Back in September 2002, the Church rolled out a new missionary teaching program known as Preach My Gospel. Since that time, the Church also rolled out a new curriculum for the youth of the church called Come Follow Me. This new curriculum for adults will be known as Nourish and Strengthen: Redefining the Multitudes. It will include classes tailored to help members grow in all facets of their lives, including areas that may not be directly related to gospel principles.
Some of the new curriculum classes will include modern teachings and classes including Yearning for Yoga, How to Become a 9 Cow Wife, Manrichment, Mormon Folklore, and more. The church teamed up several with Brigham Young University professors to create the curriculum. Due to the specialized nature of the classes, many will be broadcast to televisions, tablets, and mobile devices via the internet or satellite transmission.
“The brethren feel like this teaching change will continue to help our church become a 21st century church with members so fit it will help them in all things, including church ball. It will help our members become stronger spiritually, emotionally, mentally, as well as physically.” A pilot program was created and put into place in Spring 2014 and has been in the testing phase in various wards throughout Utah. Additional details are expected to be released beginning on April Fools and will continue throughout the week through General Conference.
Spring 2016 Class Schedule:
To see the full curriculum schedule, click here.
Purchase New Curriculum Materials:
- CTR rings for the Menace To Society: Choose The Right Companion class.
- LDS movies for the LDS Movie Buff & Critic class.
- LDS art for the Religious Sculpting & Painting class with Brother Ross.
- All other materials including study guides and class materials are available on LDS Bookstore.
To see this year’s groundbreaking announcement, click here!
In Other Church News:
- New Assessments for Prospective Missionaries
- Church to Broadcast Meetings Using Virtual Reality
- Additional Conference Session Announced
- Church Rolls Our New 4-Hour Sunday Block