President Russell M. Nelson announced a home-centered and church-supported arrangement for church meetings.
“It is time for a home-centered church,” says President Nelson.
The Church block will now be two hours.
Mormon Newsroom reports that “immediately following President Nelson’s Saturday morning remarks, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addressed the global audience and provided details of the forthcoming adjustments.
The Sunday Church meetings will consist of a 60-minute sacrament meeting each Sunday, focused on the Savior, the ordinance of the sacrament, and spiritual messages. After time for transition to classes, Church members will attend a 50-minute class that will alternate each Sunday. Sunday School will be held on the first and third Sundays. Priesthood quorums, Relief Society, and Young Women meetings will be held on the second and fourth Sundays. Meetings on the fifth Sunday will be under the direction of the bishop. Primary will be held each week during this same 50-minute period and will include singing time and classes.
— Allen Blodgett (@allenjblodgett) October 6, 2018
The schedule is found below.
It is time for a home-centered church
Four purposes and blessings associated with this and other recent changes were given:
- Deepening conversion to Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthening faith in Them.
- Strengthening individuals and families through home-centered, Church-supported curriculum that contributes to joyful gospel living.
- Honoring the Sabbath day, with a focus on the ordinance of the sacrament.
- Helping all of Heavenly Father’s children on both sides of the veil through missionary work and receiving ordinances and covenants and the blessings of the temple.
“The Sunday meeting schedule was not simply shortened. Rather, we now have increased opportunities and responsibilities to use our time for enhancing the ‘Sabbath as a delight’ at home and at church.” #ElderBednar #GeneralConference pic.twitter.com/vTaesC5whp
— Ask Mormon Guy (@AskMormonGuy) October 6, 2018
The Mormon Newsroom reported the following, which includes additional details of the announcement:
Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, opened the faith’s 188th Semiannual General Conference by announcing a “new balance between and connection gospel instruction in the home and in the Church.” It is part of an effort “to strengthen families and individuals through a home-centered and Church-supported plan to learn doctrine, strengthen faith, and foster greater personal worship,” he said.
“As Latter-day Saints, we have become accustomed to thinking of ‘church’ as something that happens in our meetinghouses, supported by what happens at home,” he continued. “We need an adjustment to this pattern. It is time for home-centered church, supported by what takes place inside our branch, ward, and stake buildings.”
Elder Cook: In the deliberations … in the temple, and after our beloved prophet petitioned the Lord for revelation to move forward with these adjustments, a powerful confirmation was received by all. #GeneralConference
— LDS Church News (@LDSChurchNews) October 6, 2018
The Church’s current format of three consecutive hours of Sunday worship services began in 1980. Prior to that, Church meetings were held throughout the Sabbath day and during the week.
A new curriculum resource to be used by children, youth, and adults beginning January 2019, Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families, is available in print, at comefollowme.lds.org, and in the Gospel Library app in 47 languages.
The changes announced in General Conference were followed up by an email to the membership of the church:
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
For many years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been working on a home-centered and Church-supported plan for members to learn doctrine, fortify faith, and foster heartfelt worship. Today we announce a significant step in achieving a new balance between gospel instruction in the home and in the Church.
Beginning in January 2019, the Sunday schedule followed throughout the Church will include a 60-minute sacrament meeting each Sunday, and after a 10-minute transition, a 50-minute class period. Sunday School classes will be held in this class period on the first and third Sundays, and priesthood quorums, Relief Society, and Young Women will be held on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary will be held weekly and will last 50 minutes.
In addition, we encourage individuals and families to hold home evening and to study the gospel at home on Sunday—or at other times as individuals and families choose. A new resource, Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families, provides ideas for personal scripture study, family scripture study, and home evening.
These adjustments will be implemented in January 2019. Additional information is available at Sabbath.lds.org.
Russell M. Nelson
Dallin H. Oaks
Henry B. Eyring
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— Hank R. Smith (@hankrsmith) October 6, 2018
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