2023 New Testament Curriculum Begins December 26 (2024)

The 2023 “Come, Follow Me” curriculum items are available digitally now in Gospel Library and on ComeFollowMe.ChurchofJesusChrist.org, and the curriculum begins on Monday, December 26, 2022.

For the 2023 curriculum, the Church revised the print and digital versions of the 2019 “Come, Follow Me” manuals for individuals and families, Sunday School, Primary, and Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women . Revisions include corrected errors, additional music suggestions for the home, new talks from modern-day prophets, updated images, and new or improved activities.

For more details and the list of materials to be used for classes, see Instructions for Curriculum 2023. Relief Society and elders quorum meetings will continue to focus on general conference messages.

When President Russell M. Nelson first introduced “Come, Follow Me” in 2018, he said the home-centered, Church-supported integrated curriculum “has the potential to unleash the power of families, as each family follows through conscientiously and carefully to transform their home into a sanctuary of faith” (“Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints,” October 2018 general conference).

“The ‘Come, Follow Me’ manual is meant to be a tool that can enhance members’ study of the New Testament and facilitate personal revelation through the Holy Ghost,” said Sunday School General President Mark L. Pace.

Members are encouraged to use digital versions of the revised manuals where possible. Use the links below or visit ComeFollowMe.ChurchofJesusChrist.org, which includes links to all “Come, Follow Me” manuals and other regularly updated media.

New Testament Teaching Resources

In 2011, Church leaders dedicated a large movie set in central Utah modeled after the city of Jerusalem from the period of Christ’s ministry. That set was used to create a series of 104 short videos, simply called Bible Videos, that depict significant events and teachings from the life of Jesus Christ. Those videos have now been viewed nearly 600 million times by Christians from around the world.

At the time of their release, President Henry B. Eyring, now Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said the videos would be a free gift for all to access online. The videos are available on YouTube and on the Church’s website.

Other helpful New Testament resources include:

  • Children’s Bible Videos (features children telling Bible stories in their own words)
  • New Testament teaching videos
  • New Testament Stories (for children)
  • New Testament resources from the Friend
  • Scripture Stories Coloring Book—New Testament (for children)
  • New Testament images

Teaching in the Savior’s Way

Latter-day Saints are encouraged to use Teaching in the Savior’s Way resources, which include a June 12 devotional featuring Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and helpful teaching videos. A revised “Teaching in the Savior’s Way” manual is available now on Gospel Library, and a print version will be sent to every household in January.

2023 Curriculum Materials by Class

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Individuals and Families (Home Study)

Families and individuals are encouraged to study the scriptures more at home using the revised manual “Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: New Testament 2023.” This home-study manual focuses on the same New Testament scripture passages that you will learn about in your Sunday School classes.

Primary (Every Sunday)

All Primary classes will learn from the same revised “Come, Follow Me — For Primary: New Testament 2023” lesson manual. Nursery classes will continue to use “Behold Your Little Ones: Nursery Manual.” Additional Resources for Teaching Children are helpful for both home and in-class learning. Primary singing time will focus on music that supports the scriptures that children study in their classes.

Sunday School (1st and 3rd Sundays)

The Sunday School manual for adults and youth is the revised “Come, Follow Me — For Sunday School: New Testament 2023.”

Teachers should use the manual for individuals and families to learn about the scripture accounts and the principles to be taught, then use the Sunday School manual to prepare and organize lessons that support what class members are studying at home, combining and adapting lessons as necessary.

Instruction and class discussion should help class members understand and apply the doctrine in the scriptures.

Elders Quorum and Relief Society (2nd and 4th Sundays)

Elders quorum and Relief Society meetings will focus on messages from the most recent general conference (see “Learning from General Conference”). Conference talks can be found in print or online in the May and November issues of the Liahona magazine. They are also available in the Gospel Library app or on the Church website.

Young Women and Aaronic Priesthood (2nd and 4th Sundays)

Aaronic Priesthood quorum meetings focus on the gospel topics found in “Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2023.” Leaders and teachers are encouraged to select lesson outlines that best meet the needs of quorum members. See also Ideas for Virtual Learning and Teaching andLearning and Teaching Helps and Videos for Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women.

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Seminary

Starting in 2023, Seminary students will also study the New Testament and will follow the “Come, Follow Me” schedule. Seminary New Testament materials will be available on the Course Materials page and in Gospel Library.

Register youth for seminary and keep track of their enrollment and progress at mySeminary.churchofJesusChrist.org. Instructions and forms are available here.

Ordering Print Materials

The Church will no longer automatically send printed lesson manuals to units free of charge. Branch and ward leaders can order print materials for members who want them, or members can order copies for themselves at . Materials in audio format, in braille and in large print are also available.

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2023 New Testament Curriculum Begins December 26 (2024)

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2023 New Testament Curriculum Begins December 26? ›

'Come, Follow Me,' Teaching in the Savior's Way and seminary are interconnected efforts. The 2023 “Come, Follow Me” curriculum items are available digitally now in Gospel Library

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and on ComeFollowMe.ChurchofJesusChrist.org, and the curriculum begins on Monday, December 26, 2022.

What year does the New Testament start? ›

The first book possibly written was 1 Thessalonians, which dates to as early as 49 CE—approximately 15–20 years after Jesus' crucifixion. The latest possible date of any book written is early to mid-2nd century CE.

How long after Jesus died was the Bible written? ›

A period of forty years separates the death of Jesus from the writing of the first gospel. History offers us little direct evidence about the events of this period, but it does suggest that the early Christians were engaged in one of the most basic of human activities: story-telling.

What is the LDS Sunday School schedule? ›

Sunday School classes are held on the first and third Sundays of the month. They last 50 minutes. Classes begin and end with a prayer. With the bishopric's approval, the Sunday School president organizes classes for adults and youth.

When did the New Testament receive its final form? ›

It has the 27 books of the New Testament which are accepted by all Christian denominations today. The 27 books were canonized in the council of Hippo in year 393. This was later affirmed in the council of Carthage in year 397 and 419.

How many years from Adam to Jesus' death? ›

So 69 weeks amount to 483 years; for, from the said year of Darius, unto the 42nd year of Augustus, in which year our Saviour Christ was born, are just and complete so many years, whereupon we reckon, that from Adam unto Christ, are 3974 years, six months, and ten days; and from the birth of Christ, unto this present ...

Did the New Testament start when Jesus was born? ›

The books were written a considerable time after the time of Jesus himself. In the early second century they were regarded as hugely significant, in some ways more so than the Old Testament, yet they were not themselves 'scripture'.

What religion compiled the Bible? ›

The easy answer is that the canonical books of the Christian Bible were enumerated and approved by various councils, synods, and popes of the Catholic Church, beginning with the Council of Rome in 382 A.D. Presided over by Pope Damasus I, the Council of Rome first promulgated what we came to know as the canon of the ...

How much of the Bible is true? ›

The bits of the Bible most likely to be true are those which were written contemporaneously and with corroborative evidence from other, objective sources. Anything else is a matter of whether you choose to believe it. Faith and fact are mutually exclusive.

What religion was Jesus? ›

Of course, Jesus was a Jew. He was born of a Jewish mother, in Galilee, a Jewish part of the world. All of his friends, associates, colleagues, disciples, all of them were Jews. He regularly worshipped in Jewish communal worship, what we call synagogues.

Why do LDS not shop on Sunday? ›

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are a covenant people. We know we live in the world, but we are taught to not be of the world. Like ancient Israel, who also was a covenant people, we should encourage the proper observance of the Sabbath day by not shopping on Sunday.

What do Mormons call Sunday School? ›

Sunday School (formerly the Deseret Sunday School Union) is an organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). All members of the church and any interested nonmembers, age 11 and older, are encouraged to participate in Sunday School.

Can LDS swim on Sundays? ›

No swimming or after-dark activities at lake or pool. Water activities are closed on the Sabbath.

Why are some books not in the Bible? ›

Some simply fell out of use. Some caused theological headaches for later Jews or Christians, and some were rejected because of their author—for supposedly not having really been written by an apostle, for instance.

What is the oldest Book in the Bible? ›

The first book written is thought to be either the Epistle to the Galatians (written around 48 CE) or 1 Thessalonians, written around 50 CE. The final book in the ordering of the canon, the Book of Revelation, is generally accepted by traditional scholarship to have been written during the reign of Domitian (81–96).

What religion believes in the apocrypha? ›

To this date, scripture readings from the Apocrypha are included in the lectionaries of the Lutheran Churches and the Anglican Churches. Anabaptists use the Luther Bible, which contains the intertestamental books; Amish wedding ceremonies include "the retelling of the marriage of Tobias and Sarah in the Apocrypha".

What is the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament? ›

Difference Between the Old Testament and New Testament

The concise answer is that the Old Testament occurs first and shows us how the world began and how sin entered into the world. Whereas, the New Testament comes after and documents how the world is saved through what Jesus did for his people.

What year does the Old Testament start? ›

It is estimated that the chronology of the Old Testament covers more than 1500 years, from approximately 2000 b.c. to 400 b.c. The setting of the Old Testament is the ancient Near East (or Middle East), extending from Mesopotamia in the northeast (modern-day Iraq) down to the Nile River in Egypt in the southwest.

How many years are there between the Old and New Testament? ›

Traditionally, it is considered to cover roughly four hundred years, spanning the ministry of Malachi (c. 420 BC) to the appearance of John the Baptist in the early 1st century AD. It is roughly contiguous with the Second Temple period (516 BC-70 AD) and encompasses the age of Hellenistic Judaism.

How old is the oldest version of the New Testament? ›

The earliest manuscript of a New Testament text is a business-card-sized fragment from the Gospel of John, Rylands Library Papyrus P52, which may be as early as the first half of the 2nd century.

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