Each Sunday, Mormon congregations hold Sunday Schools. There are many different classes, usually different classes for different age groups until adulthood. Depending on the size of the ward, there could be one or several Sunday School classes for adults. Teenagers and children have their own classes run through the Young Men’s and Young Women’s and the Primary programs.
Sunday School is held for one hour each Sunday. Lessons typically come from the scriptures or teachings of the modern prophets. The two most common classes taught are Gospel Essentials and Gospel Doctrine. Gospel Essentials is a class geared toward new members or others who want to learn more about the basic doctrines of the Church. This will probably be the class you attend when you first go to Church with the missionaries since that is the class they attend. Each week, the teacher focuses on a different gospel principle like tithing or prayer. Sometimes longtime members return for a refresher course in the basics.
Gospel Doctrine is the other class typically held in most wards. Lessons in these classes follow the scriptures and teach doctrine from the stories and messages contained in them. Usually, the class focuses on a different volume of scripture each year, one year each for the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. The Pearl of Great Price is covered the same year as the Old Testament. The Sunday School teacher is a member of the congregation who devotes hours each week to preparing a lesson. He or she tries to help members understand how scriptural teachings are relevant to our daily life today.
Members are encouraged to attend Sunday School each week and to participate in the discussions. Mormon Sunday Schools typically are discussion oriented and everyone is expected to share their thoughts and opinions on the verses being studied. Teachers try to involve every member. In the Doctrine and Covenants we read:
Appoint among yourselves a teacher, and let not all be spokesmen at once; but let one speak at a time and let all listen unto his sayings, that when all have spoken that all may be edified of all, and that every man may have an equal privilege (D&C 88:122).
Every person has experience and insight that is valuable to others and you can never know for sure but that what you feel inspired to say is the answer to someone else’s prayer.
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