On September 12, the First Presidency announced that there would be a new way for youth to learn in Sunday classes beginning in 2013.
Each month, LDS youth around the world will study a different doctrinal principle that is coordinated across Young Men, Young Women, and youth Sunday School classes. Rather than having a teacher stand and deliver a “lesson,” leaders will lead discussions where the youth teach each other from Come, Follow Me: Learning Resources for Youth. The goal is to help youth become more deeply converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The article “Helping Youth Become Powerful Learners and Teachers” in the January issue of the Ensign and Liahona magazines helps us understand more about this new way of learning. It recommends four ways that parents, teachers, and leaders can effectively help youth to learn: we need to prepare ourselves spiritually, focus on the needs of the youth, invite the youth to discover gospel truths, and then encourage conversion.
Parents, grandparents, siblings, and leaders can help the youth discover gospel truths if we learn the doctrines that the youth will study during the month and regularly discuss these doctrines with them during the month.
Therefore, at the beginning of each month during the year, I’ll post information on LDS365.com about the topic that youth will be discussing in their classes that month and give you references to prepare yourselves to help the youth. Look for the post about January’s theme tomorrow.
For more information about this new youth curriculum, see the following: