As I took the opportunity to attend a high priest class on Sunday I was disappointed that the teacher had fallen into the temptation to turn to an unofficial internet based resource (which did not carry an official church logo), in an attempt to justify an interpretation on tithing that was not in accordance with the manual we all had in front of us.
The problem with these sorts of lessons is that while they can be very convincing they are not always in harmony with current church teachings. Fortunately I was there to provide the official position of the church in the matter.
After the lesson I was able to meet with and correct the teacher who agreed to abide by my counsel in the future. We read together an article entitled “Use Proper Sources” which is linked below:
In brief the article talks about a stressed out sister who while preparing a lesson had lots of books, magazines and her laptop computer open. Her daughter informed her that an inspired Church-writing committee had already done all this research for her. Everything the mother needed — and more — was right there in her manual.
Following the advice of her daughter, the woman turned off her computer, shut the dozens of books open on her dining room table and picked up her manual and scriptures. The frustration she had previously experienced disappeared. She knew the material was doctrinally accurate. She knew its source was valid. She knew it had been approved by the men called to lead the Lord's work on the earth today and that it was what they wanted her to teach.
Teachers in the Church do themselves and the people they serve a great disservice when they turn to unofficial — not correlated — materials in the planning of lessons and activities.
As teachers are obedient to this counsel they will be at peace and all will be uplifted.
The Church — through its inspired correlation program — has given us official sources of information to help us prepare lessons and learn the gospel. Instead of turning to unofficial books and Web sites, let's use those sources. For your edification I will list below some credible sources of information:
Church approved manuals
Please stay away from sites that claim to have truths about our religion, but are really designed to make you question your faith and devotion to the Lord and His Church.