It’s that time of year again — the Church has released the 2018 mutual theme! For the first time, I took a couple of weeks’ working vacation to work on theme posters and printables for the theme. I spent a few days of uninterrupted time to come up with different logos for the theme. I took a three week vacation to Europe, during which I spent much of the time working on designs for the theme. D&C 19:23 is not an easy theme to design for, because It’s complicated thematically. I’m especially proud the work I’ve done to simplify the messages, and I think you’ll enjoy the posters and logos I’ve designed.
The symbols logo is my favorite of the new logos. It’s simple, but hits all four of the main topics of the scripture without using any text.
Before you ask, yes, I will release my custom designed mutual theme bracelet and charm in the next few weeks. Yes, I will put the bracelet on sale before it goes to regular price in January. As always, order before January 1 and get lowest prices on my custom items.
Ideas for Utilizing the Theme at Youth Activities
- Use the theme as a starting place for planning your New Beginnings event in Young Women. It surprises me how few units actually do this. I shared the mutual theme with class presidencies during our 6-month planning meeting last week. Class presidents voted to use a footsteps/hiking motif for our New Beginnings in February.
- Study each of the four themes in D&C 19:23 for a quarter. During the first quarter of the year, focus your activities on learning about the Savior. Second quarter, focus on listening to His words. Third, plan ways that you can Walk in his Spirit, and fourth, share the peace you’ve felt from being obedient.
- Plan combined YW/YM activities that relate to one or more of the themes.
- Plan your Girls Camp around the 2018 mutual theme. Hold a special hike with scriptures to study at resting points that relate to the four main sections of the theme. Consider planning stations for camp certification based around the theme. Name the First years the Learners, the Second years the Listeners, the Third years the Walkers, and the Fourth years the Peacemakers.
- Organize a group hike. Plan a combined young women/young men hike during BYC. Include young men and young women planning.
2018 Mutual Theme Products
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2018 Mutual Theme Articles
The 2018 mutual theme text is “Learn of me, listen to my words, walk in the meekness of my spirit, and you shall have peace in me.” The passage is from Doctrine and Covenants 19:23. In this passage, Martin Harris was commanded to repent, sell a portion of his land so that the Book of Mormon could be published, and seek the Lord.
“President Joseph Fielding Smith gave the following background to this section: ‘This revelation was given some time in March, 1830 [in Manchester, New York]. It would seem that Martin Harris had come to Joseph Smith seeking further assurance in relation to his standing before the Lord, being sorely troubled in spirit because of his transgression. He had already been granted the privilege, on his earnest solicitation, of being one of the Three Witnesses, and that wonderful vision had been given. Perhaps out of this came much serious reflection and he sought further light. However, there is no indication in the History of the Church as to the reason why the revelation was given, and the exact day is unknown when it was given. It was without question a revelation of great comfort to Martin, and it is one of the great revelations given in this dispensation; there are few of greater import than this. The doctrine of the atonement of the Lord, as directly applying to the individual, and his exposition of “Eternal Punishment, as here set forth, give to the members of the Church light which was not previously known.’ Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:85.” (Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, (2002), 36–39)
D&C 19:23 Doctrinal Mastery Card
Doctrine or Principle
We are blessed with peace as we listen to the Savior and follow Him.
Set a goal to improve in each of the areas mentioned in D&C 19:23.