I always love teaching lessons in Priesthood, but I was particularly excited to see the upcoming schedule. The schedule sets aside the 4th week of each month for a general conference talk selected by the Bishop or Stake President, as usual, with the selected talk providing the lesson in both Priesthood and Relief Society meetings. The upcoming slate looks like this:
I’ve taught Elder’s Quorum for years now, in different wards. This is the first time I’ve noticed something like this, and it’s exciting.
Women in the church are regularly taught from men’s talks and writings, but the reverse has seldom been true. I love the idea that in a few Sundays, both Elders and Relief Society in the ward will be discussing Sister Lifferth’s talk as their weekly lesson. It’s not a big thing, really. But it is a thoughtful, extra little boost, a way of affirming on the grass-roots level that women’s voices do matter. And on a personal level — and as the instructor lined up to teach the lesson that week, anyway — I love the fact that a woman’s talk can be the lesson for both Priesthood and Relief Society, even in the age of correlation.
So I’m filing this away as “Reason #227 why my Bishop rocks.” (Um, unless that month was a Stake President selection . . . )