Starting this January, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be operating on a new Sunday schedule, after nearly 40 years on the same church schedule. The new format will include a 60-minute worship service, followed by a 10-minute transition and a 50-minute class period, where adults and children will meet in age appropriate groups.
This move follows an announcement given during a worldwide conference in October that the Sunday meeting schedule would drop from three hours to two hours.
“As Latter-day Saints, we have become accustomed to thinking of ‘church’ as something that happens in our meetinghouses, supported by what happens at home,” said Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. “We need an adjustment to this pattern. For many years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been working on a home-centered and Church-supported plan for members to learn doctrine, fortify faith and foster heartfelt worship.”Four purposes and blessings associated with this and other recent changes were given:
- Deepening conversion to Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthening faith in them.
- Strengthening individuals and families through home-centered, Church-supported curriculum that contributes to joyful gospel living.
- Honoring the Sabbath day, with a focus on the ordinance of the sacrament.
- Helping all of Heavenly Father’s children.