Core Curriculum in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, LDS Studies, Core LDS Curriculum


The purpose of this article is to provide insights into the core curriculum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as “The Mormon Church,” and herein referred to as the LDS church). Members of the church “believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost” (Pearl of Great Price 2013, 60). The LDS church was founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith, a man that Latter-day Saints believe was a modern prophet. After the death of Joseph Smith, a new prophet was called, with a line of successors continuing to the present day. Latter-day Saints refer to the leader of the church as “the prophet” or “the president” of the church. Assisting this individual are two counselors and 12 apostles. This background is important for the discussion that follows in that these 15 individuals speak authoritatively for the church, and I will be quoting from several of their published speeches and writings. I will refer to all such individuals as “senior church leaders.”

Original Publication Citation

John Hilton III. “Core Curriculum in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” Religious Education, 110(1), pp. 16-23. (2015).

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date



Taylor & Francis




Religious Education


Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor