Lesson Schedules Now Available on LDS.org Tools Menu Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 18 May 2012

Lesson Schedules is a new LDS.org tool that allows you to schedule lessons for priesthood and auxiliary organizations – for example, to schedule your Sunday School, Relief Society, and Elders Quorum classes. Lesson Schedules is now officially released and available on the LDS.org Tools menu. You can start announcing and using Lesson Schedules in your wards.

Lesson Schedules on Tools menu of LDS.org

Lesson Schedules is now available by going to Tools > Lesson Schedules.

Viewing Lesson Schedules

To view Lesson Schedules, go to Tools > Lesson Schedules on LDS.org. When prompted, log in with your LDS Account.

On the Lesson Schedules home page, you can select the check boxes next to the classes you want to see. The scheduled lesson for that class appears, with direct links to the lesson material.

Default Schedules

By default, Lesson Schedules appears with standard classes for each organization – High Priests, Elders Quorum, Relief Society, Sunday School, Primary, and Nursery. Note that Lesson Schedules automatically populates the initial lesson schedule without factoring in general conference, stake conference, ward conference, and holidays.

Administrators -- which include bishoprics, executive secretaries, clerks, and secretaries -- need to adjust the lesson schedules to fit their ward’s particular schedule. Administrators can also add or remove classes as needed. For instructions on adjusting the lesson schedule, click the Help button, or go directly here: https://tech.lds.org/wiki/Lesson_Schedules

Availability and Administration

Lesson Schedules is available at the ward level only. As such, bishoprics, clerks, executive secretaries, and website administrators are administrators by default. Organization leaders (including their counselors and secretaries) have administrative rights to create classes and lesson schedules for their organization.

Lesson Schedules is not available at the stake level, but stake leaders and clerks have administrative rights for their own ward so that they can learn how the application works and provide training and support to ward administrators.

Submitting feedback

To submit feedback about Lesson Schedules, go to the LDSTech Forum. Under Current and Future Technologies, in the LDS.org Web Site section, click Lesson Schedules.

Lesson Schedules replaces the old lesson scheduling features that were available on the Classic.lds.org site.



# Roger Nolter 2012-05-23 16:22
The print feature needs some work. Looks like you get what you see. Would be nice to see date, lesson, teacher all together.
# Tom Johnson 2012-05-26 13:31
Thanks for the feedback. I think printing will be improved in another release.
# Roger Nolter 2012-05-23 16:35
Very nice feature in being able to pull up the material for the lesson but it does not work for TFOT material. Can you make that possible?
# Tom Johnson 2012-05-26 13:31
Roger, the Teachings for our Times material is coming in a later release, probably version 2.0.
# Jeff Wright 2012-05-27 17:55
Our stake issues a schedule for MP/RS and adult SS. The schedule is based on General Conference, Stake Conference, and holidays. Wards are asked not to deviate. It would be nice if the stake could enter that schedule and push it down to wards as opposed to each ward re-entering the same info.
# Tom Johnson 2012-05-31 16:01
Thanks for the feedback, Jeff. We're currently in an evaluation period for Lesson Schedules, so it's helpful to read your comment. This is a request we've heard from a number of people. There's value in both models, I think. Stakes can enforce synchonicity, but wards often like autonomy as well. Either way, the best approach is to coordinate.
# Jeffrey R. Burkinshaw 2012-05-29 11:53
I am a stake clerk and originally I could edit lessons, both past and present, for my own ward. However, for some reason I can now only edit lessons for dates in the past. Is this just a limitation for stake officers?

By the way, this tool is great and we'll especially look forward to being able to add links for the TFOT and Bishopric lessons.

One of the annual Bishopric/Branch Presidency lessons for each ward/branch in our stake is on emergency preparedness. Would there be a way to add the Stake and Ward/Branch Emergency plan as an attachment for access by members here or perhaps somewhere else?
# Tom Johnson 2012-05-31 16:03
Jeff, thanks for your feedback. Currently you can't upload attachments, but this may be a feature added in a future release.

Re only editing lessons for dates in the past, can you report this issue in the LDSTech Lesson Schedules forum? https://tech.lds.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?132-Lesson-Schedules It might be a bug -- I'm not sure. Engineers will be more likely to see and troubleshoot the issue there.
# Brett McKeachnie 2012-05-29 16:33
It would be very helpful to allow Stakes to push down prescribed lessons to wards within the Stake.
# Bill Cobabe 2012-05-29 17:43
Perhaps my perspective is warped by the fact that I am a Ward Sunday School President, but it seems to me that scheduling lessons is a matter best done on the ward level. The Stake calendar does not have information like Ward Conference, Ward Primary programs, changes in schedule due to quorum and ward auxiliary needs. The stake is primarily an administrative entity, supporting the local wards and branches where the needs of individuals and class level groups are met.

This seems like the debate about strong federal government vs states rights. I have always been a local and states rights person.
# David J. 2012-05-29 18:41
I agree. It's fine if the stake sets default lessons as long as the ward can override with changes as necessary (e.g. particular talks for TOFT lessons, presidency lessons, etc.).
# Tom Johnson 2012-05-31 16:08
Bill, it's good to hear feedback in support of the ward-autonomy / states rights model. I think the philosophy of the dev team is that wards need some autonomy to adjust for special needs, circumstances, events, and other issues that may not be known by the stake. That said, we're still in an evaluation period. This is just version 1.0.

By the way, stake administrators do have editorial control over lesson schedules for their own wards. So wards are not completely autonomous from stakes. Additionally, regardless of the technical possibilities, ward leaders should be coordinating and following direction from the stake.
# Tom Johnson 2012-05-31 16:05
Thanks for your feedback, Brett.
# Richard Scroggin 2012-05-29 20:48
Our stake also assigns lesson schedules for MP/RS and Sunday School. That way, as stake leaders travel to the different units they always know what the Sunday School lesson will be and, in the case of the 2nd and 3rd Sundays, they know what the MP/RS lesson will be, too.

The dates for unit conferences are determined by the stake, so the lessons can be planned around those dates. Also, since the annual Primary program only takes place during Sacrament Meeting there wouldn't seem to be an issue.

Perhaps, having the ability to push the schedules down from the stake to the units in addition to the units scheduling and adjusting their lessons would be a good compromise.
# Tom Johnson 2012-05-31 16:09
Thanks Richard. I like that you're moving toward a more balanced approach that allows some control from both sides. We're gathering all of this input and factoring it into future releases.
# Lance Jackson 2012-05-30 14:40
I am working in a YSA stake where the lessons (SS, RS, Priesthood)are scheduled by the stake. We have as many as four wards meeting at the same time, in the same building which makes scheduling by the stake more effective from a coordination standpoint.

Librarians can have the lesson materials ready more easily, stake visitors know which lesson is being presented, etc.

Allowing the stake to push down schedules that each ward can adjust and adapt would be a very nice and helpful option in our situation.
# Tom Johnson 2012-05-31 16:11
Lance, thanks for commenting. Your point about librarians being able to prepare materials based on anticipated lessons is an interesting point I hadn't considered. Thanks for noting that.
# Deborah Bunker 2012-05-30 21:31
With the 1st Sunday Lessons this year we are using talks from the October 2010 Temple issue. Will the links that will be in 2.0 for TFOT also be available for any Lesson?
# Tom Johnson 2012-05-31 16:12
Eventually, the Teachings for our Times lessons will pull from a library of materials that you can attach to a lesson. It just didn't make it into version 1.0.
# Jay Robertson 2012-05-31 01:21
I am a website administrator. In checking the new Lesson Schedules in our website, I found that the lessons for Sunday School were already populated, but without regard to General, Stake, and Ward conference events. I inserted those events but, of course, they just replaced the lessons for those days rather than pushing the list down. It looks like we either just omit those lessons or I have to delete ALL lessons for ALL classes (really, are you kidding) and then insert the events, and then add back in ALL of the lessons for all classes. Since this is the computer age and 2012 and all, that seems very hokey. Can't you just do a push-down when events are added and a pull-up when events are removed? Or offer a box to click to choose "Replace" or "Push-down/Pull-up". I don't know who populated the lessons in the first place -- if it was automatic, then that guarantees a lot of work to straighten the schedule out each new year. Please take another look at this. Thanks.
# Tom Johnson 2012-05-31 16:17
Jay, thanks for your feedback. You highlighted some of the functionality with Lesson Schedules that we're less proud of. (For others wanting more information, see the add-event functionality in the help here: https://tech.lds.org/wiki/Adding_events_(Lesson_Schedules).)

Is it hokey? A bit. Future releases will probably provide a more elegant solution. The application was initially coded in a way that did not auto-populate classes with default schedules. But many users were perplexed to find a largely blank site, so we wanted to give them some default data that administrators could adjust.

Re inserting events in ways that allows you to overwrite or push down events, that's good feedback. Again, this is version 1.0. Maybe we'll see something more robust implemented in a later version that allows for this.
# M. Peterson 2012-06-02 09:32
Here is a suggestion for populating lesson schedules. You can have it prepopulated so the schedule isn't blank but provide a way to repopulate after an administrator enters in all the events for the year. Maybe provide an option to delete the default schedule so we don't have to go in and erase each one. Then we just have to enter events and click a button to populate the remaining Sundays with lessons in lesson number order.
# Jay Robertson 2012-07-16 13:08
I like M. Peterson's suggestion of 2012-06-02 with one minor change. Since the lesson schedule may not be addressed at the first of the year, a lesson sequence may have already been started, so let the administrator insert the years events, then insert the most recent past lesson into a date and then auto-populate in lesson number order from there. This avoids having the instructor try to catch up or skip lessons to get back on "schedule". And if a special event occurs later in the year, it would be easier to adjust the schedule from then on. In any event, the scheduling should be flexible at the Ward level.
# Blair Simmons 2012-05-31 15:17
I agree! A push-down/pull-up feature for the lesson sequence is critical when adding in an event like Stake Conf.!

Also, are there any plans to integrate these Leason Schedules into LDS Tools and the Calendar apps?
# Tom Johnson 2012-05-31 16:27
Thanks for the feedback. Re integration, yes, there are plans to provide more integration among all the applications. This is something we'll provide information about as these applications mature and more cross-functionality is added.
# Bryce Knight 2012-12-15 20:24
Quoting Tom Johnson:
Thanks for the feedback. Re integration, yes, there are plans to provide more integration among all the applications. This is something we'll provide information about as these applications mature and more cross-functionality is added.

I feel that this is an essential feature for using the LDS website. Otherwise using LDS.org to schedule lessons and such becomes more time consuming than I am willing to put up with.
Also iDevice and Android support for adding calendar events/lesson schedules should be a priority, otherwise I have to still write down on paper events and such planned on Sunday, only to later enter them via computer.
# Bryce Knight 2012-12-15 20:26
Quoting Bryce Knight:
Quoting Tom Johnson:
Thanks for the feedback. Re integration, yes, there are plans to provide more integration among all the applications. This is something we'll provide information about as these applications mature and more cross-functionality is added.

I feel that this is an essential feature for using the LDS website. Otherwise using LDS.org to schedule lessons and such becomes more time consuming than I am willing to put up with.
Also iDevice and Android support for adding calendar events/lesson schedules should be a priority, otherwise I have to still write down on paper events and such planned on Sunday, only to later enter them via computer.

Sorry for double post, but -

I currently use google calendar for all of my lesson scheduling and weekly activities. This is currently much much easier and therefore my preferred tool. This is why I ask for these things.
# James Carroll 2013-05-19 07:40
Quoting Blair Simmons:
Also, are there any plans to integrate these Leason Schedules into LDS Tools and the Calendar apps?

My thoughts exactly. I thought this feature was in the LDS Tools app, but last night I learned otherwise.

Brother Carroll
# K. Johnson 2012-06-01 08:03
The wiki indicates that teachers have the ability to add and edit lessons using Lesson Schedules.

"The teacher of the class can add lessons, as well as presidency members of the organization to which the class belongs."

"Instructors can edit the lessons for classes they teach."

Is this, in fact, the case? I asked an instructor to test this feature, and she did not see any editing features when she signed in and viewed her class's lesson schedule. She is listed as the class's instructor in Lesson Schedules.
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-09 08:35
K. Johnson, thanks for this note. The instruction was incorrect and has been updated. Teachers don't have admin rights for the classes they teach.
# G Dow 2012-06-01 09:24
In the set up, it asks for Auxiliary. Melchizedek Priesthood quorums and groups are not auxiliaries.
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-09 08:37
Thanks G Dow. I'll take a look at that label and log a bug to change it.
# M. Peterson 2012-06-02 09:40
Feature Request.
Since Elders, High Priests and Relief Society typically follow the same lesson schedule it would be nice to be able to enter a single schedule once for all three groups. I suppose I could create a new class called "Priesthood/Relief Society" and delete the other separate classes but then the individual organizations would not be able to make adjustments to their schedule.

Maybe have a feature that allows you to copy a schedule to other classes so you only have to enter the default schedule once.

This might be how you could allow Stake administrators to enter a default schedule and copy it down to each unit in the stake. But then there's the problem with wards that removed their default classes and created their own classes. How would the system know which class to push down to at the ward level?
# Deborah Bunker 2012-06-02 10:11
I hope that they keep them all separate. While our 2, 3, & 4 Sunday lessons are the same, the instructors are not. In addition our 1st Sunday lessons are always different.
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-09 08:39
M. Peterson, Thanks for the feature suggestion. I'll pass it along to the dev team for consideration with a future release. I know the team purposely tried to keep the application lite to keep things simple. I'm sure enhancements in later versions will continue to make it easier for admins to set schedules up.
# B. mcGregor 2012-06-03 21:35
Have you considered allowing the head of each quorum/auxiliary to manage their respective schedules?
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-09 08:40
B. mcGregor, Currently the president of each quorum/auxiliary should have admin rights for classes within their quorum/auxiliary. Is that not the case?
# D. Pettit 2012-07-08 22:13
Someday I hope to be able to use this tool. Up to this point no browser or OS I've used gets beyond the spinning dial at the beginning of loading this tool. I'm the Stake Admin, so I probably need access to this. I would think that this tool would be more compatible than it currently is. All the other tools work for me, but not Lesson Schedules.

I use various flavors of Linux and Firefox mostly.
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-09 08:41
D. Pettit, thanks for the feedback. We don't test the application on Linux, but it should work on Firefox. If you can be more specific about your setup, I can send it to QA for troubleshooting .
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-09 10:24
D. Pettit, try accessing Lesson Schedules again. Apparently there was a server down last week.
# Brad Stone 2012-07-14 12:18
It is great that we have course schedules on the new website. I am planning on doing training for our ward tomorrow (July 15). However, I no longer see the Lesson Schedules in the menu - with or without logging in. I hope it is back up by tomorrow morning...
# Leslie Ward Powrie 2012-07-16 12:13
I always encourage simplicity with lessons not being pushed down for conferences so that numbers are predictable for months (e.g. July, month 7, has 13 and 14 for PH and RS) but the stake likes to bump down. I feel that we ought to be studying personally that week anyway and so miss out, often losing the last chapters in the book because of pushing down. Is there a recommended standard for application worldwide? That would also enable me to predict what lesson would be held if visiting a unit elsewhere in the world. It also seems as though SS, PH and RS lessons are correlated somewhat with related topics, and bumping down loses that correlation.
# Lori Pierce 2012-07-21 07:39
How about the ability to link to a specifed conference talk for a lesson?
# Selena Kaye Huff 2012-07-22 08:13
I second Lori Pierce. Linking to a conference talk or chapter in a manual would make it very convenient for both learners and teachers. Great idea!
# Wende Foster 2012-07-23 22:30
I am YW Secretary, we usually have 3 teachers teaching each week (Beehives, Mia Maids, Laurel classes), it would be nice to be able to list all 3 teachers. Also, as said above, the form that prints needs to include all the information, especially teacher information. Will be a great tool once all the bugs are worked out. I currently create my own in Excel, this will save me a lot of typing.
# Leslie Regnier 2012-07-25 08:55
It would be nice if my ward had this information. I have been ill for quite a while and unable to find the lessons to keep up. I had called R.S. president, etc. for the informaiton and sent email,but no response and I have checked in here from time to time, but to no avail. I have no clue as to what lesson for what class or even the supplemntal reading. It is very frustrating
# Brian Phelps 2014-01-21 20:01
I'm surprised at how little I know about these changes, which I've only discovered by accident. As a Ward Membership Clerk and as an (inactive) member of the Tech.LDS.ORG team, I'm unaware of new updates.

Why aren't notices of these updates/upgrades sent via MLS? Since we're migrating all of the MLS functionality to the web, and since MLS is now incorporating suggestions to use the web UI instead, it makes sense to include notification via MLS messages.

Meanwhile, is there any way to subscribe to announcements or join a mailing list?

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