The First Presidency has announced a series of resources to help Church members and their families study the scriptures at home: "Come, Follow Me — For Individuals and Families."
The first of these resources will focus on the New Testament, which is the course of study for Sunday School and Primary classes in 2019.
“Living by and reading the word of God,” the First Presidency says, “will build faith in Heavenly Father and His plan of salvation and in the Savior Jesus Christ and His Atonement” (First Presidency letter, June 29, 2018).
In addition, new teaching resources, "Come, Follow Me — For Primary" and "Come, Follow Me — For Sunday School," will be provided for use beginning in January 2019. These new 2019 resources take a home-centered, Church-supported approach to gospel living, learning and teaching (see Handbook 2: Administering the Church , 1.4).
For years, Church leaders have been emphasizing that home is the best place to live, learn and teach the gospel, and gospel learning and teaching should be part of daily lives, not confined to Sunday classes.
Using the new "Come, Follow Me" resources, Primary, youth and adult Sunday School classes support home-centered gospel learning as teachers inspire learners to experience the power of God’s word for themselves. They invite class members to discover gospel truths in the scriptures and share their discoveries with each other “that all may be edified of all” (D&C 88:122).
The resources for 2019 are the first of what eventually will be a four-year rotation of study based on the four main books of scripture.
Leaders hope members will use the new resources to strengthen faith, deepen conversion and improve teaching in the home and at church.
Because these changes affect manuals in 46 languages, clerks will need to place orders for the new manuals by August 31, 2018, to ensure manuals are delivered by January 1, 2019. Since local units will automatically receive one printed copy of "Come, Follow Me — For Individuals and Families" for each household at no charge, clerks do not need to order this manual. Instructions for Curriculum 2019 has a list of materials to be used in classes (available online at lds.org and in the Gospel Library app under “Lessons”). A list of materials to be discarded after December 31, 2018, has been sent to each unit.
Learn more at ComeFollowMe.lds.org.