2017 Curriculum Announced for Children, Youth, and Adults

  • 15 December 2016

Youth in the Philippines participate in their Sunday School class.

The Church has announced the curriculum that Church members will be studying during 2017.

You can find the list of manuals for Melchizedek Priesthood, Relief Society, Primary, Sunday School, Young Men, and Young Women in Instructions for Curriculum 2017 under Manuals on LDS.org.

Use digital manuals where possible

Students and teachers are encouraged to use digital manuals where possible.

Where possible, the Church is encouraging both students and teachers to use digital versions of 2017 curriculum materials, which can be found on LDS.org and in the Gospel Library mobile app. If you haven't tried the app, now is a good time to experience the ease of preparing, teaching, and learning from a library of gospel resources that fits in your pocket.

Teacher council meetings

Introduced in 2016, teacher council meetings provide a once-a-month opportunity to learn together with your fellow teachers how to be a better teacher. Learn more at Teaching in the Savior’s Way.

Primary

The theme for Primary sharing time in 2017 is “Choose the Right.” Leaders can find the 2017 Outline for Sharing Time and other helpful resources online.

Children in Taiwan participate in sharing time.

Primary teachers and leaders will use the following manuals in 2017:

Nursery Class (ages 18 months–2 years): Behold Your Little Ones: Nursery Manual

A nursery-age child learns about Jesus.

Sunbeam Class (age 3 years): Primary 1: I Am a Child of God

CTR 4, 5, 6, and 7 (ages 4–7 years): Primary 3: Choose the Right B

Valiant 8, 9, 10, and 11 (ages 8–11 years): Primary 5: Doctrine and Covenants and Church History

Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women

In 2017, Aaronic Priesthood quorum advisers and Young Women instructors will teach from Come, Follow Me: Learning Resources for Youth.

The Mutual theme for 2017 is “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:5–6; emphasis added). (See related story.)

Young men in New Zealand laugh while learning together.

The theme may be used to enrich Mutual opening exercises, as a topic for sacrament
 meeting talks given by the youth, or to provide focus for youth activities—including camps, youth
 conferences, and devotionals.

Resources—including videos, music, and suggestions for using the theme throughout the year—are available at youth.lds.org. Additional resources will be published in Church magazines throughout 2017. 

Other helpful sites include Youth Activities, For the Strength of Youth, Personal Progress, and Duty to God.

Young women in Brazil learn together.

Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society

The Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society will be studying the new Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley manual during second and third Sundays. A helpful resources is the new online exhibit about President Hinckley on history.lds.org.

Relief Society sisters in Japan listen to a Sunday lesson.

Sunday School

The adult Sunday School course of study for 2017 is the Doctrine and Covenants. Manuals are:

Members participate in a Gospel Doctrine class.

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class Member Study Guide

Our Heritage: A Brief History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Additional Gospel doctrine resources

The following additional resources are helpful for teaching and studying the Doctrine and Covenants:

New material is found in the “Helps for the Teacher” section at the beginning of the online manual. In addition,weekly lessons now include links to related images, videos, Gospel Topics Essays, and articles about events in Church history. These supplemental resources will help teachers in their efforts to encourage the members to better understand and live the doctrines taught in the Doctrine and Covenants.

New members, investigators, and members returning to activity will study from Gospel Principles.

Youth Sunday School classes will study from Come, Follow Me.

Materials for those with disabilities

Curriculum materials are available for those with disabilities. Either download them from disabilities.lds.org or order them from the online store.

Order printed materials from the online store



Wards and branches should already have printed copies of most of these materials. To order additional print materials, visit store.lds.org and click on Unit Materials.

More information about manuals and instructions about the 2017 curriculum can be found online.