What does this mean beyond “Rah! Rah! Go families!”? Is it just some sort of disclaimer that if your Sunday School teacher doesn’t do such a hot job, well, learning the Gospel on your own at home is really your responsibility in the first place? Would this statement justify a family going home together directly after Sacrament Meeting?
Are teachers supposed to find a way to tie every concept to the home and family? “Repenting of our sins and accepting the atonement makes better parents and children of us.”
Of course you are talking about the exception, not the ideal. What you say is true but I’m sure glad that the GHI doesn’t touch on all the exceptions.
You seem to be advocating some kind of an all-or-nothing world with no nuance or degrees. This says “support”, I don’t think it says “not important”. I don’t see it as an excuse for SS teachers to do poorly, I see it as a reminder that each of us has the responsibility to study the gospel on our own time so that what we learn at SS can “support” what we’ve been learning on our own.
The way that I view it, now that I’ve just been called to be the Sunday School President in my single’s ward, is that Sunday School’s job is to give the ward members the tools necessary to make their study at home more effective. The question I think is the most important, is how good of a job are we doing on that? Are we as teachers inspiring the members to study the scriptures deeper because of what we helped them discover in class?
I also think of this as something that is cannonized among the teachers, but not so much among the members.
I think this statement reminds parents that they shouldn’t leave religious instruction to Primary and Sunday School but should oversee personally their religious instruction in the home through family scripture reading and prayer, and through doctrine-based family home evening lessons.
I like this Rusty. They should replace the meeting attendance question (in the recommend interview) with a FHE question. Its much more important in my opinion. But of course, it shouldn’t be an all or nothing scenario.
Comment by cj douglass — November 7, 2007 @ 9:54 am
I like Jacob’s comment, that’s how I see SS too. My problem is I don’t get as much out of personal scripture study as I should, and teaching the basics to my kids is nice for basic review. I like SS when I can hear a different perspective, learn something new I hadn’t thought of myself because of a point made or a discussion.
I’d like to see the church cut priesthood time in half and add it to SS….I think all of us would learn more.
If the Gospel isn’t important in the home, the kids won’t pay attention at church.
I’ve seen cases where the parents, even active parents, abdicated gospel teaching to the church. The church did the teaching all right, in primary, youth, sunday school, etc. But the kids never paid attention, because according to the example given by the parents, the Gospel just wasn’t important outside of church.
If the parents don’t make it important, it just won’t be important to the kids.