Sunday School leaders reflect on 2011 gospel doctrine course

Helping learners feel the love of the Savior would be uppermost in the mind of Russell T. Osguthorpe, Sunday School general president, if he were a gospel doctrine teacher right now.

"The New Testament is the story of love," he commented. "It's the story of the love of the Father in giving His Son to come to us, and it's the story of how His Son loved all of us."

In a recent Church News interview, Brother Osguthorpe and his counselors in the Sunday School general presidency, David M. McConkie and Matthew O. Richardson, spoke of the New Testament as this year's gospel doctrine course of study for adult and older-youth classes.

"That really is the message of the New Testament," agreed Brother McConkie. "It's the love of the Father and the love of the Son and how we should love one another."

"The New Testament has such a positive overtone to it of this principle of overwhelming, overarching love," Brother Richardson remarked. "And then the invitation comes to us to do likewise. And so every aspect of the New Testament invites us to be like the Savior, to love as He loved, and we can grow to be like Him in this respect."

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