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2023 Curriculum to Focus on New Testament

‘Come, Follow Me,’ Teaching in the Savior’s Way and seminary are interconnected efforts

During 2023, children, youth and adults in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are encouraged to study at home the New Testament, which details the birth of the Savior, His life, teachings and Atonement, and the ministry of his apostles. This study will be supported in Primary, Sunday School and Seminary.

The Church has revised the print and digital versions of the 2019 “Come, Follow Me” manuals for individuals and families, Sunday School, Primary and Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women for the 2023 curriculum. Relief Society and elders quorum meetings will continue to focus on general conference messages.

Details and the list of materials to be used for classes are provided in the document Instructions for Curriculum 2023.

The 2023 curriculum items are available digitally now in Gospel Library and will be on ComeFollowMe.ChurchofJesusChrist.org by August 31, 2022.

Members are encouraged to use digital versions of the revised manuals where possible. Use the links below  or visit ComeFollowMe.ChurchofJesusChrist.org, which includes links to all “Come, Follow Me” manuals and other regularly updated media.

In 2018, President Russell M. Nelson said the home-centered, Church-supported “Come, Follow Me” integrated curriculum “has the potential to unleash the power of families, as each family follows through conscientiously and carefully to transform their home into a sanctuary of faith” (“Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints,” October 2018 general conference).

Ordering Print Materials

The Church will no longer automatically send printed lesson manuals to units free of charge. Branch and ward leaders can order print materials for members who want them, or members can order copies for themselves at store.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Units will need to place orders by August 31, 2022, to be available by January 2023. To order, visit store.ChurchofJesusChrist.org, select Units and Callings, and then select Annual Curriculum.

Materials in audio format, in braille and in large print are also available at store.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. The scriptures and other Church materials are available in a variety of accessible formats.

New Testament Teaching Resources

Other helpful New Testament resources include:

Teaching in the Savior’s Way

Latter-day Saints are encouraged to use Teaching in the Savior’s Way resources, which include a June 12 devotional featuring Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and helpful teaching videos. A revised “Teaching in the Savior’s Way” manual is available now on Gospel Library, and a print version will be sent to every household in January.

2023 Curriculum Materials by Class

Individuals and Families (Home Study)

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Families and individuals are encouraged to study the scriptures more at home using the revised manual “Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: New Testament 2023.” This home-study manual focuses on the same New Testament scripture passages that you will learn about in your Sunday School classes.

Primary (Every Sunday)

All Primary classes will learn from the same revised “Come, Follow Me — For Primary: New Testament 2023” lesson manual. Nursery classes will continue to use “Behold Your Little Ones: Nursery Manual.” Additional Resources for Teaching Children are helpful for both home and in-class learning. Primary singing time will focus on music that supports the scriptures that children study in their classes.

Sunday School (1st and 3rd Sundays)

The Sunday School manual for adults and youth is the revised “Come, Follow Me — For Sunday School: New Testament 2023.”

Teachers should use the manual for individuals and families to learn about the scripture accounts and the principles to be taught, then use the Sunday School manual to prepare and organize lessons that support what class members are studying at home, combining and adapting lessons as necessary.

Instruction and class discussion should help class members understand and apply the doctrine in the scriptures. Sunday School classes do not begin with prayer but do conclude with one.

Elders Quorum and Relief Society (2nd and 4th Sundays)

Elders quorum and Relief Society will focus on messages from the most recent general conference. See “Learning from General Conference. Print version are available in the May and November conference issues of the Liahona.

Young Women and Aaronic Priesthood (2nd and 4th Sundays)

Aaronic Priesthood quorum meetings focus on the gospel topics found in “Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2023.” Leaders and teachers are encouraged to select lesson outlines that best meet the needs of quorum members. See also Ideas for Virtual Learning and Teaching and Learning and Teaching Helps and Videos for Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women.

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Seminary students will also study the New Testament during 2023 and will follow the “Come, Follow Me” schedule. Seminary New Testament materials will be available on the Course Materials page and in Gospel Library.

Register youth for seminary and keep track of their enrollment and progress at mySeminary.churchofJesusChrist.org. Instructions and forms are available here.

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