Sunday, July 18, 2010

After all, we Teach the Old Testament

2010 is the year of the Old Testament in the cycle of LDS Church teaching. Back in the day, the Correlation Committee mandated that all four books of the LDS Standard Works would be taught in rotation: The Old Testament, the New Testament, The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine & Covenants (plus Church History and the slender Pearl of Great Price)

On a walk through the neighborhood the other day, I passed the home of David and Eunice, great friends and master teachers. Eunice was out weeding the front yard. As we talked, the conversation rolled around to this year's curriculum and she observed,

"Y'know, regardless of what we are teaching, we are always teaching the Old Testament." she taught me. " The New Testament is governed by the law of Moses. In the book of Mormon, Nephi's teachings are all based on Old Testament scriptures from the Brass Plates. Doctrine and Covenants scriptures are based on the ancient Hebrew laws and clarify and expand upon them."

Long winded and often lengthy and detailed, the Old Testament is the basis for virtually everything we teach in the kingdom. Understanding more about it's teaching can only give us a deeper understanding of the more modern scriptures. JWC

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