The new 2015 institute manual, Foundations of the Restoration, has been released to cover the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including sensitive topics related to church history.
Some of those topics include different accounts of the First Vision, the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the Utah War, plural marriage and the racial priesthood ban, according to LDSLiving.
“This course … gives students the opportunity to study the foundational revelations, doctrine, historical events and people relevant to the unfolding of the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ as found in the standard works, the teachings of latter-day prophets and church history,” according to the introduction to the new manual.
Ploni Almoni, author of the LDSLiving article, says this is for the benefit of youth.
“It appears that by including these topics the Church is taking steps towards more transparency when it comes to its history and ‘inoculating’ its young members who are likely to encounter antagonistic websites that can easily blindside them with these issues if they aren’t prepared,” Almoni said.
To view the LDSLiving article, click here.