The New Home-Centered, Church-Supported Curriculum
Tad R. Callister and Scott C. Esplin
Creating the New Home-Centered Curriculum
Brian J. Hansbrow, Ted Barnes, Paul Murphy, and Scott C. Esplin
“Line upon Line”: Joseph Smith’s Growing Understanding of the Eternal Family
R. Devan Jensen, Michael A. Goodman, and Barbara Morgan Gardner
Bringing God into Our Marriage
Debra Theobald McClendon and Richard J. McClendon
“Thy Troubles to Bless”
Jeffrey S. McClellan
Leadership Lessons from the Book of Mormon: Nephi as a Case Study
Khumbulani D. Mdletshe
“They Must Suffer Even As I”: Misconceptions concerning Personal Payment for Sin
Christopher J. Porter
Conversions, Arrests, and Friendships: A Story of Two Icelandic Police Officers
Fred E. Woods and Kári Bjarnason
Scripture Note: “Pointing Our Souls to Him”
Matthew L. Bowen
The New Testament: A Translation for Latter-day Saint
Jason R. Combs
Excitement in the Church
“We’re witnesses to a process of restoration,” President Russell M. Nelson stated in a recent interview. “Wait till next near. And then the next year. Eat your vitamin pills. Get your rest. It’s going to be exciting.” This sense of excitement seems to permeate the ministry of President Nelson and, by extension, the Church.
This issue of the Religious Educator captures on the interest generated by new programs within the Church as well as within Church education. The lead article, adapted from an address delivered by President Nelson, discusses the role of family within Heavenly Father’s plan for his children, including a charge for “disciples of the Lord [to] stand as defenders of marriage.”
Building on this charge, articles in this issue trace Joseph Smith’s growing understanding of the nature of eternal families, offer practical advice for how spouses can strengthen covenantal bonds, and provide insight into confronting the trials that invariably accompany family life.
In addition to these articles on marriage and family, this issue offers insight into the new Come, Follow Me curriculum being implemented Churchwide. Tad R. Callister, Sunday School General President, joins with Church curriculum developers to offer perspective on the development of a home-centered, Church-supported curriculum. Additionally, a portion of our website (https://rsc.byu.edu/sunday-school) has been updated to reflect more than two hundred articles and chapters that align with the weekly lessons in the new curriculum.
These are merely some of the materials you will find in this issue of the Religious Educator. It is a thrilling time to be studying the gospel. We share in the Churchwide excitement to progress along the covenant path.
Scott C. Esplin
Editor in Chief
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