Using the new CHI, one of BCC’s long-time friends recently explained to us all what a “correlated lesson” looks like. Being a person who teaches in both Priesthood and Sunday School classes at least once a month, I’m always looking for ways to raise the correlation coefficient in my lessons. NDBF Gary’s post is tethered to the CHI’s statement that “Church-approved curriculum materials are to be used in classes that are held during the Sunday meeting schedule.”
In the Introduction to the current Gospel Principles manual, you find a similar injunction:
“If you have been called to teach a quorum or class using this book, do not substitute outside materials, however interesting they may be. Stay true to the scriptures and the words in the book. As appropriate, use personal experiences and articles from Church magazines to supplement the lessons.”
Everyone got that? Stick to correlated materials. Stick to the scriptures, the manual, and Church magazines.
Outside resources are banninated, period.
Unless those outside materials are personal experiences. Those are allowable. Also, comments and experiences from other people. Those are okay, too.
To summarize: Outside materials are banninated, unless they come from people.
I’m trying to make a point here, I think. While almost all of us would agree that, per the manual and CHI, it would inappropriate (though possibly interesting!) to print out a copy of Kevin Barney’s recent posts on the Old Testament and use them as the basis for a lesson (NDBF Gary nods head in agreement). However, if Kevin Barney were sitting in the classroom, and shares the exact same insights, the comment would be allowable, and no one would question whether or not he should be banninated for making it.
Does the delivery method actually change the acceptability of content? Does the person delivering the content actually change the acceptability? Can I relate my experience while reading about Kevin’s experience?
 Although it only specifically calls out “interesting” materials, it would seem that ban would also apply to boring materials, inspiring materials, helpful materials, or any other materials sporting any adjective of your choosing.
 The next section of the Introduction states that teachers should “try to involve as many people as possible in the lessons. You can do this by inviting them to read aloud, answer questions, or share experiences…”