New Learning Resources for Youth

“New Learning Resources for Youth,” Ensign, Dec. 2012

New Learning Resources for Youth

Questions and Answers

Why the change?

This new approach to learning will help youth be better prepared to talk about the gospel with their friends, prepare for missionary and family service now and in the future, and deepen their testimonies of the gospel. This will happen as they actively participate in searching the scriptures, share their thoughts, and accept invitations to apply what they’re learning outside of class. In class they will study the current teachings of living prophets.

What classes will use the new lessons?

Aaronic Priesthood quorums, Young Women classes, and Sunday School classes for youth ages 12 to 18 will use the curriculum in Sunday instruction. Each month, the quorums, the Young Women classes, and the Sunday School classes will focus on learning the same doctrine, such as the Godhead, and strengthening one another in living and teaching it.

How do teachers know what to teach?

The curriculum is organized into 12 monthly units. Each unit includes several learning outlines to choose from. Each unit contains more than four outlines so teachers can select outlines based on the needs of the youth. More than one week can be spent on an outline.

What is in the learning outlines?

Each outline focuses on questions youth may have and doctrines that can help resolve those questions. The outlines do not prescribe what or how to teach. Instead, they help teachers first learn the doctrine themselves and then provide learning experiences for the youth. Teachers can tailor the learning experiences to their students’ needs. Each outline contains references and links, which will be updated regularly, to Church leaders’ recent teachings.

The outlines often suggest using videos. Most of the videos suggested are available for download and presentation on a portable electronic device. If a video is not downloadable, it can be shown over the Internet using the meetinghouse’s wireless Internet connection, if available.

Where do teachers find the new youth lessons?

Learning outlines (with separate ones for Aaronic Priesthood, Young Women, and Sunday School) are found online at lds.org/youth/learn.

What other resources would be useful?

In addition to the scriptures and words of the living prophets, the following resources are referred to frequently in the learning outlines:

  • Fulfilling My Duty to God: For Aaronic Priesthood Holders

  • Young Women Personal Progress

  • True to the Faith: A Gospel Reference

  • For the Strength of Youth

  • Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service

  • Teaching, No Greater Call: A Resource Guide for Gospel Teaching

Will this new Sunday instruction affect Mutual?

Class and quorum presidencies are encouraged to consider the monthly themes while planning Mutual activities. Activity ideas from the learning outlines can be used as a starting place in that planning. To view the outlines, go to lds.org/youth/learn.