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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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)


How many years does the New Testament cover? ›

The events timeline of New Testament books spans the years from approximately 5 BCE through 95 BCE. The timeline begins with the birth of John the Baptist, Jesus' cousin, and ends with the author of the Book of Revelation writing about the events happening during his time when Domitian was emperor.

What year were the New Testament books completed? ›

Broadly speaking, the New Testament is believed to have been written during the First Century, between 50-100 CE. Following the ascension of Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit during the events of Pentecost, the early community of believers was discovering what it meant to live as the Body of Christ.

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.

How long after Jesus died was the Bible written? ›

Written over the course of almost a century after Jesus' death, the four gospels of the New Testament, though they tell the same story, reflect very different ideas and concerns. A period of forty years separates the death of Jesus from the writing of the first gospel.

What happened in the 400 years between Old and New Testament? ›

During that span, sometimes called the intertestamental period or the years of silence, there were no prophetic writings, no direct revelation from God. For followers of Jesus, this four-century interval may raise some questions, whether out of idle curiosity or due to deeper questions about their faith.

Which book was written first in the New Testament? ›

The first New Testament books to be written down are reckoned to be the 13 that comprise Paul's letters (circa 48-64 CE), probably beginning with 1 Thessalonians or Galatians. Then comes the Gospel of Mark (circa 60-75 CE).

How old was Jesus when he died? ›

However, Bond makes the case Jesus died around Passover, between A.D. 29 and 34. Considering Jesus' varying chronology, he was 33 to 40 years old at his time of death.

What is the oldest book in the New Testament? ›

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).

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? ›

Water activities are closed on the Sabbath.

How long does it take to finish the New Testament? ›

On the matter of the New Testament, the total time needed to read it is about eighteen hours total, if read as an average reading speed.

What is the significance of 400 years in the Bible? ›

The number 400 is assigned to the Hebrew letter tav, which is a sign of the cross, or of the covenant. God had established a covenant with Abraham and told him his descendants would be liberated from bondage after 400 years in Egypt. 400 speaks of an end to bondage.

How many years were there between Adam and Jesus? ›

According to the genealogical records found in the Bible, it is estimated that Adam was created by God around 6,000 years ago. From Adam to Jesus, there were approximately 4,000 years. This calculation is based on the genealogies mentioned in Luke 3:23-38, which trace the lineage of Jesus back to Adam.

How many years is the gap between 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.

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