I’m so tired of our four year rotation schedule for Sunday School. Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, D&C / Church History. Why is the Church so bent on getting through these scriptures every four years?
As a teacher I get frustrated at the lack of depth to the study materials. I explain it to the class by telling them I feel a lot like a little kid throwing flat rocks out across a pond. We’d count the number of times the stone would skip on top of the water.
Our church rotation is the same thing. We just skip along the surface. We don’t have time for in-depth study. Hit the basic principles, the ones where the answers are always "personal prayer", "FHE", "attend church", "keep the commandments."
Are those who write the manuals so inept they can’t go deeper…I don’t think so. Are the members so slow they can’t learn more, don’t want to learn more, need to have it repeated over and over because they can’t "get it", or they just don’t realize there is so much more?
Why can’t the brethern put us on a 6 or 8 year plan? Are they afraid we’ll forget what’s in the BOM if we don’t "study it" every four years. I mean the gospel principles are found in all the scriptures, in depth study crosses back and forth between all of them. I’d like to see something like 2 years for Old Testament, 2 years for the New Testament, 2 years for the BOM and 2 years for the D&C.
Example: read the last few verses of Ruth and tell me why the verse about Tamar is there and the verses showing the genealogy is there.