Changes made to the Sunday School Schedule of the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints during the Saturday morning session of General Conference was brought with much appreciation around the world. But what do these changes mean for you? Before I get to that, I advice to listen carefully to Elder Cook’s address, but as my thoughts go, I think it may be a positive change of season. Let’s take a look.
- Sacrament is now 60 minutes as opposed to 70 (new change)
- 10 minutes for class transition
- 50 minute classes for Adults, Youth, Primary
- Sunday School will be on the 1st and 3rd (new change)
- on the 2nd and 4th Sunday the Youth, Elders Quorum and Relief Society (new change
- Primary will be every Sunday
- On the 5th Sunday, the Bishop will choose the meeting (new change)
- There will no longer be a 3 hour block schedule, only a 2 hour block (new)
All these new changes will be brought to action on January of 2019.
As a former Bishop, one of the concerns my leaders brought was that they where not having enough time to internalize the practices which were being taught. Of course the other one was, not having enough time at home to spend with their beloved family. This was a great concern for some of the sisters striving to rear and educate their children. These were and are just and righteous desires.
Others enjoyed the 3 hour block as it was their desire for their children and youth to spend more time with their leaders and learning what at times could not be taught at home due to a busy schedule.
I personally think it will work, curriculum and administrative changes does not take away from the basis of Gospel principles which are faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and Enduring to the End. With faith in each of our hearts, the invitation of our Savior to ” Come follow me ” Will forever help us endure to become even as “His Father in Heaven or even as He is perfect.”
That with a mixture of my personal desire to follow and sustain all the good that our leaders do. I suggest for anyone choosing to struggle with this, to pray humbly, and seek the spirit to always guide your decisions and you will come to know that as we exercise such faith in the teachings of our Savior and that of the Prophet.
This of course has not been the first time changes to the Sunday schedule has happened. several decades ago, Sunday school classes were done during the day and Sacrament meeting during the night or when General Conference was for 3 whole day finishing on Monday. It is easy to see how the Lord through proper time, has guided and prepared us for this change.
Come follow me
I’m sadden that Gospel principles will be discontinued, I have many amazing memories as a Missionary and a teacher. However, it is also inspiring to know that our members will be more involved with the new friends (formerly called investigator fyi) that may come to visit as members and friends will sit together and help friends with questions, which is you have ever been to a gospel principles class, you will know that having older members to answer questions always helped the teacher with friends or questions that were at times peculiar. I see the “Holier approach” is see the pattern directed to ministering.
Other curriculum will change as well such as sharing time for singing time and the teaching council will meet quarterly instead of monthly. Elders Quorum and Relief Society will no longer include the first Sunday Council or fourth Sunday special topic. Lessons from recent general conference will be taught instead.
Brothers and Sisters, what more can I say but to quote good old Bob Dylan, ” Times they are a-changin’ ”