Teachings for Our Time, 2002


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 2002. 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. Jesus of Nazareth, Savior and King

Matt. 1:18–21; Acts 4:8–12; 3 Ne. 11:7–17.

“Special Witnesses of Christ,” Liahona, Apr. 2001, 2–24 (optional video, Special Witnesses of Christ, item no. 53584).

Russell M. Nelson, “Jesus the Christ: Our Master and More,” Liahona, Apr. 2000, 4–19.

Jesus Christ, Our Sure Foundation,” lesson 1 in The Latter-day Saint Woman, Part B.

2. Becoming Truly Converted as Families and Individuals

Luke 18:18–30; Mosiah 4:6–7; 5:2; Alma 5:14–35.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Miracle of Faith,” Liahona, July 2001, 82–85.

L. Tom Perry, “Discipleship,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 72–74.

Dallin H. Oaks, “The Challenge to Become,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 40–43.

“Charity,” chapter 30 in Gospel Principles.

3. Remaining Faithful to Our Baptismal Covenant

Matt. 3:13–17; 2 Ne. 31:5–20; Mosiah 18:7–10.

James E. Faust, “Born Again,” Liahona, July 2001, 68–71.

Robert D. Hales, “The Covenant of Baptism: To Be in the Kingdom and of the Kingdom,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 6–9.

“Baptism, a Continuing Covenant,” lesson 29 in Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood, Part A.

4. Finding Joy and Peace through the Atonement

Isa. 1:16–20; 2 Ne. 9:18–21; Alma 34:14–16; 38:8–9; D&C 18:10–13.

Boyd K. Packer, “‘The Touch of the Master’s Hand,’” Liahona, July 2001, 25–28.

Richard G. Scott, “The Path to Peace and Joy,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 31–33.

“Repentance,” chapter 19 in Gospel Principles.

5. Developing a Testimony of Gospel Truths

John 7:17; Alma 5:44–46; 32:27–28; Ether 12:6; Moro. 10:4–5; D&C 6:20–23.

James E. Faust, “A Growing Testimony,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 69–71.

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Pure Testimony,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 27–30.

“A Testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” lesson 26 in Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood, Part A.

6. Providing Children with an Inheritance of Faith

Prov. 22:6; Matt. 5:13–16; Titus 2:1–8; 1 Ne. 1:1; D&C 68:25–28.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” Liahona, Apr. 2001, 30–41.

David B. Haight, “Be a Strong Link,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 23–25.

“The Family Can Be Eternal,” chapter 36 in Gospel Principles.

7. Fortifying the Home and Family against Evil

Isa. 52:11; John 15:1–4; Jacob 3:10–12; D&C 121:45.

Thomas S. Monson, “Pornography—the Deadly Carrier,” Liahona, Nov. 2001, 2–6.

Neal A. Maxwell, “The Tugs and Pulls of the World,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 43–46.

“Moral Cleanliness,” lesson 34 in Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood, Part A.

8. Participating in Missionary Service as Families and Individuals

Mark 16:15; D&C 18:15–16; 34:4–6; 60:1–2; 88:81; 123:12.

M. Russell Ballard, “Members Are the Key,” Liahona, Sept. 2000, 12–21.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “‘Witnesses unto Me,’” Liahona, July 2001, 15–17.

Missionary Work,” chapter 33 in Gospel Principles.

9. Finding and Feeding the Lord’s Lost Sheep

Luke 10:25–37; Eph. 2:19; Alma 31:34–35; D&C 18:15–16.

Thomas S. Monson, “Your Eternal Voyage,” Liahona, July 2000, 56–59.

Henry B. Eyring, “‘Watch with Me,’” Liahona, July 2001, 44–47.

“Fellowshipping: A Priesthood Responsibility,” lesson 10 in Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood, Part B.

10. Receiving the Blessings of the Temple

Ps. 24:3–5; D&C 109:12–23; 110:6–10.

Boyd K. Packer, “The Holy Temple,” Tambuli, June 1992, 14–23.

Russell M. Nelson, “Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings,” Liahona, July 2001, 37–40.

“Our Temple and Family History Responsibilities,” lesson 8 in Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood, Part B.