Gordon B. Hinckley, Conference Report, October 1962, pp. 72-74
My brethren, I have been asked to give a report of progress on the organization of the coordinating program.
Brother Lee has made reference to Paul's analogy to the Church as a body whose various members have need one for another (1 Cor. 12:14-27). In furtherance of that analogy the correlation committee and its associated subdivisions might be likened to the nervous system whose responsibility is to keep the various aspects of the great teaching program of the Church operating harmoniously together.
Fundamental to the very program of the Church is the teaching of the gospel to the membership of the Church. In fulfillment of the obligation which was laid upon the Church in its inception, there has developed within the Church a system of great teaching organizations—the priesthood quorums, both Melchizedek and Aaronic, the far-flung church school system, and the auxiliaries: the Relief Society, the Sunday School, the Primary, and the MIA, all of which play so important a part in the education of our people.
If it were possible, I would like to place before you on a chart the organization of the correlation program, but since we have outside the Tabernacle where only our voices reach eight to ten men for every man who is here tonight, I shall have to present the mechanics of the organization verbally. (See accompanying chart.)
I should like you to picture in your mind's eye the First Presidency at the top of an imagined chart and below that the Council of the Twelve, then beneath that is a subcommittee of the twelve known as the church correlation committee, comprised of four members of the Council of the Twelve who have been given responsibility for this work.
Associated with the correlation committee is an executive secretary, Brother Antone K. Romney. Associated with him are three other dedicated men. They, together with the heads of the various teaching organizations, constitute the body found next, below the correlation committee on the chart I am trying to describe for you. This body is known as the all-church coordinating council. It is comprised of the members of the correlation committee and their associates (Brother Romney, Brother Reed Bradford, Brother Vaughn Hansen, and Brother B. West Belnap), the Presiding Bishop of the Church, the chancellor of the Church School System, the general superintendent of the Deseret Sunday School Union, the president of the Relief Society, the president of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association, the general superintendent of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association, and the president of the Primary Association, together with a secretary.
This group, representing the great teaching organizations of the Church, stand together as the all-church coordinating council to bring about the harmony of which Brother Lee spoke.
Operating under the direction of the all-church coordinating council are three groups or subdivisions which constitute what we have come to describe as executive planning committees, one for children, one for youth, and one for adults. One of the twelve serves as chairman of each of these committees, with a secretary in each—Brother Belnap for the children's committee, Brother Hansen for the youth group, and Brother Bradford for the adult committee. Associated on each of these committees are men and women of great ability, extensive experience in the Church, and proven devotion, who constitute respectively, planning organization for children, for youth, and for adults.
Now, working with each of these executive planning committees are three other groups, one tied to each of the three. These are task committees, chosen from over the Church because of their experience, their devotion, and their ability. It is their assignment, and I think the word task fits the assignment, to review carefully the entire curriculum of the Church, past and present, to become acquainted with all courses of study and activity programs used now and used in the past. This is a tremendous undertaking. This study will become the foundation upon which will be built a program of coordinated study and activity for the entire Church in all the world, including all age groups.
I hope I have made reasonably clear the mechanics of the all-church coordinating program designed to further harmony and orderly sequence in the teachings and activities of the organizations of the Church.
Now, let me quickly review it as we proceed from the top—the First Presidency, the Council of the Twelve, the correlation committee, the all-church coordinating council, three executive planning committees each with a task committee of curriculum study, whose responsibility it is to dig and study and conduct research, out of which will come coordinated courses of study and programs of activities that will build testimony in the hearts of the Latter-day Saints from the day they are old enough to attend classes.
I desire in conclusion to say a word of appreciation for the magnificent service of those who have been called to serve on the various committees. Many have been released from positions of great priesthood responsibility including those of stake president and bishop; men and women have been released from general boards to work quietly in the background to bring about this great work of correlation which shall bless the lives of the Latter-day Saints throughout the earth.
God bless them in their labors and bless us with a sense of appreciation for their devotion, I ask in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.