Back in July I wrote about the YM section of LDS.org being late in posting the theme for 2009. Unfortunately, they are again out of date.
2009 starts in 3 days, and they have dated info posted on lesson manual usage.
As the screen-cap above shows, there is no indication what manual is to be taught from in 2009. Obviously you can surmise that the rotation holds, and it is back to Manual #1 in 2009, but we should not be left guessing. In all fairness, If you search around enough on the site you can find another page that indicates to use Manual #1 in 2009, but dated info prominently displayed on the site is an unacceptable oversight.
Frankly it is not like the Church to do anything for public consumption that is not perfect, and there is no excuse for outdated info in a lead website for a 13 million member organization.
We found ourselves scrambling to cover the Priests lesson this week. The brother teaching the Priests lesson got called into work at the last minute. Four former Priest Quorum members were there, all freshmen at College this year who were home for Christmas vacation. We called an audible, and had the older boys come into the quorum and talk about their college experience (our ward is pretty white collar, so pretty much all the boys are planning on heading to college). 2 are attending a large state college, 2 are at BYU. They got up one at a time and talked about their transition to college. The Priests were very interested, and paid pretty close attention, after all these college kids were just in their quorum 6 months ago.
The advice dispensed by the older boys was excellent. All 4 talked about how it is a shock to no longer have anyone telling you what do do all the time, and you will have to be self motivated. They also talked about how they had been top dogs academically at their High School, but now they are just one of thousands of academic hot-shots, and they have had to work harder than high school to compete.
It was also a great thing for us leaders to see the boys who came through your program speaking and acting so mature. It was a great meeting, sometimes it it better to be lucky than good.
I had a comment asking if I had any ideas on how better use PDF’s that you download from the LDS.org. I do have one suggestion. I found a site it a few weeks ago that is designed to allow you to fill out PDF forms, or otherwise write on PDF Forms. To be honest have not fully tested it out yet, but plan to make use of it. The site is called PDFFiller.com, you have to register to use it. You can upload PDF’s from your computer, or put in a URL for the PDF. I would love to hear how it works for any of you who try it.