The updated Gospel Principles manual will be the textbook for Relief Society and priesthood meeting lessons in 2010 and 2011.
The manual contains information on 47 core principles of the gospel for personal study and teaching.
For the next two years, this manual will be used in Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society classes, as well as the Sunday School Gospel Principles class for investigators and new members.
Access it online.
The Gospel Principles manual has been around for 30 years.
Wonder why we are going back to basics?
There are several reasons I can think of.
Maybe we all need to focus on the basics. We may have forgotten or not learned some of the basic truths and it's time to make sure we are clear on church doctrine.
Perhaps this will help us and the people around us ask questions about the church and gospel (missionary work). We'll have no excuse for not knowing the gospel and sharing it with others.
I think it's good to look at it as filling our lamps with the essential oil of preparation for these last days and perhaps Christ's return as the bridegroom. So we must learn and apply the gospel into our lives daily.
We have been commanded to teach one another the pure truths of the gospel and nothing more.
What do you think?
Other views and articles:
The Millenial Star
A Brief History of the Gospel Principles manual
New Cool Thang: Mormon Musings