Teachings for Our Time, 2001


Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society meetings on fourth Sundays are to be devoted to “Teachings for Our Time.” Each year the First Presidency determines 10 subjects with designated resource materials to be used in these meetings. Following are the subjects and designated resources for 2001. Two additional subjects are to be selected by stake or district presidencies.

Discussions in fourth-Sunday meetings should be based on one or perhaps two of the designated resources that best address the needs and circumstances of quorum or class members; teachers need not use all of the resources. Leaders and instructors are encouraged to make these meetings discussions, not lectures or presentations. They should consider ways to stimulate quorum and class members to apply the principles of the discussion. Suggestions on preparing and conducting quorum or class discussions are found in Teaching, No Greater Call and the Teaching Guidebook.

1. The Role of the Scriptures in the Conversion of Our Own Family

Deut. 11:18–19, 21; 2 Tim. 3:14–17; 2 Ne. 25:21–23, 26; Mosiah 1:3–7.

Boyd K. Packer, “Teach the Children,” Ensign, Feb. 2000, 10–17.

Henry B. Eyring, “The Power of Teaching Doctrine,” Ensign, May 1999, 73–75.

Dallin H. Oaks, “Nourishing the Spirit,” Ensign, Dec. 1998, 6–13.

“Learning the Gospel in Our Homes,” lesson 32 in The Latter-day Saint Woman, Part A, 242–50.

2. The Importance of the Scriptures in the Lives of Our Ancestors

Deut. 31:10–13; John 5:39; 1 Ne. 3:1–4, 19–20; Mosiah 1:2–7.

James E. Faust, “Of Seeds and Soils,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 46–48.

L. Tom Perry, “Teach Them the Word of God with All Diligence,” Ensign, May 1999, 6–8.

“Scriptures,” chapter 10 in Gospel Principles, 52–56.

3. Follow the Brethren

Matt. 7:15–23; D&C 21:1–6; D&C 43:1–7; D&C 124:45–46.

M. Russell Ballard, “Beware of False Prophets and False Teachers,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 62–64.

David B. Haight, “Sustaining the Prophets,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 35–37.

“Follow the Brethren,” lesson 13 in The Latter-day Saint Woman, Part B, 104–14.

4. Our Refuge from the Storm

Isa. 41:10; Alma 36:3, 27; D&C 58:2–4; D&C 121:1–8; D&C 122.

James E. Faust, “Hope, an Anchor of the Soul,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 59–61.

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Finding a Safe Harbor,” Ensign, May 2000, 59–61.

Robert D. Hales, “‘Behold, We Count Them Happy Which Endure,’” Ensign, May 1998, 75–77.

“Trial, Adversity, and Affliction,” lesson 15 in The Latter-day Saint Woman, Part B, 123–29.

5. Seeking the Guidance of the Holy Ghost

John 14:16–17, 26; 2 Ne. 32:2–5; Moro. 10:5–7; D&C 8:2–3.

Boyd K. Packer, “The Cloven Tongues of Fire,” Ensign, May 2000, 7–9.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “‘Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence,’” Ensign, Mar. 2000, 6–11.

Richard G. Scott, “He Lives,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 87–89.

“The Gift of the Holy Ghost,” lesson 30 in Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood, Part A, 221–27.

6. True Disciples Share the Gospel

Matt. 5:16; D&C 4; D&C 18:14–16; D&C 88:81.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Find the Lambs, Feed the Sheep,” Ensign, May 1999, 104–10.

M. Russell Ballard, “‘How Is It with Us?’” Ensign, May 2000, 31–33.

Henry B. Eyring, “A Voice of Warning,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 32–35.

Missionary Work,” chapter 33 in Gospel Principles, 211–17.

7. Strengthening Youth

1 Tim. 4:12; Alma 37:35; Alma 38:2; Alma 41:10; A of F 1:13.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” Ensign, Jan. 2001, 2–11.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Your Greatest Challenge, Mother,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 97–100.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “‘Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children,’” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 50–53.

For the Strength of Youth pamphlet (item no. 34285).

“Moral Cleanliness,” lesson 34 in Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood, Part A, 248–53; “Purity of Thought,” lesson 9 in Latter-day Saint Woman, Part B, 71–77.

8. Becoming Pure before the Lord

Isa. 1:18; Mosiah 4:10–12; D&C 19:16–20; D&C 58:42–43.

Thomas S. Monson, “Your Eternal Voyage,” Ensign, May 2000, 46–48.

Henry B. Eyring, “Do Not Delay,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 33–35.

Boyd K. Packer, “Washed Clean,” Ensign, May 1997, 9–10.

“Repentance,” chapter 19 in Gospel Principles, 122–28.

9. The Sanctity of Womanhood

Prov. 31:10–31; Eph. 5:25–28, 31; Jacob 2:28–35.

James E. Faust, “What It Means to Be a Daughter of God,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 100–102.

Richard G. Scott, “The Sanctity of Womanhood,” Ensign, May 2000, 36–38.

Russell M. Nelson, “Our Sacred Duty to Honor Women,” Ensign, May 1999, 38–40.

“The Latter-day Saint Woman,” lesson 14 in The Latter-day Saint Woman, Part A, 98–107.

10. Gratitude

Ps. 100; Luke 17:11–19; Mosiah 2:19–22; D&C 78:19.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Thanks to the Lord for His Blessings,” Ensign, May 1999, 88–89.

Thomas S. Monson, “An Attitude of Gratitude,” Ensign, Feb. 2000, 2–7.

“Developing Gratitude,” lesson 35 in The Latter-day Saint Woman, Part B, 303–11.

Teachings for Our Time, 2002

The list of subjects and designated resources for “Teachings for Our Time” in 2002 will appear in many languages on the Church’s Web site (www.lds.org) in July 2001.