Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 New Year's Resolution

I have been teaching the oldest youth Sunday School class (most of the high school students) for the past couple of months, and it has been one of my favorite callings ever.  We have been covering the last few books of the Book of Mormon, and we start the new youth curriculum next week. 

I am starting an online Master's Degree program on Saturday that begins with eight straight days of on-campus instruction, which means I will miss the first two Sundays of the new year, but I am structuring my New Year's Resolution for 2013 to correspond to the monthly themes of the new Sunday School curriculum. 

Thus, my Saturday posts in 2013 will be based on the following schedule of topics:

January: The Godhead

February: The Plan of Salvation

March: The Atonement of Jesus Christ

April: The Apostasy and the Restoration

May: Prophets and Revelation

June: Priesthood and Priesthood Keys

July: Ordinances and Covenants

August: Marriage and Family

September: Commandments

October: Becoming More Christlike

November: Spiritual and Temporal Self-Reliance

December: Building the Kingdom of God in the Latter Day 

The weekly Sunday School "discussion outlines" (which replace "lessons") deal with aspects of each monthly theme, but the instructions given to the teachers say explicitly that we are to teach according to the direction of the Spirit and based on what our students need individually and as a group.  Thus, I don't know in advance exactly what will be taught each week - which is why I will be posting summaries of the previous Sunday's discussions each Saturday. 


Matthew said...

lucky kids to have a teacher like you, ray! i am sure that your thoughtful faithfulness will be of great worth to them.

Paul said...

I'd love to be in your class. I am hopeful that our youth Sunday School teachers are particularly mindful of the need to teach with the spirit. I think theirs will likely be the greatest transition in our ward; our young women and young men leaders have been fairly flexible in the recent past but our SS teachers are more manual-bound. I'm interested to see how it all plays out.