Is Attending Seminary Really That Important?

By Stockton/Photo Credit: sltrib.com

The first semester of my sophomore year in high school is ending and I have been thinking back over some of the classes I have enjoyed most. This definitely leaves math, science, and a few others out of the running! However, there is one class that stands out as a favorite: Seminary.

Living in Utah, I have been blessed to be able to take seminary, a four-year religion course, as an elective class during my school day. In other parts of the world, those who may not have the option to make seminary part of their day can, in most cases, still take either an early morning class before school or, occasionally, an afternoon class. The thing I love most about seminary is being able to learn about the simple truths that help make me happy. It’s even better that I get to study these truths with my peers  at school.

On the seminary page at lds.org it says, “The objective of seminary is to help youth understand and rely on the teachings and Atonement of Jesus Christ, qualify for the blessings of the temple, and prepare themselves, their families, and others for eternal life with their Father in Heaven.”

Over my last year and a half  in seminary I have not only learned this to be true, but also a few other things. I now can say that I know that God, our Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ love me, and they also love every other person on this Earth because we are all sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. I also know that we can speak with God through prayer, through Jesus, and that by prayer we can receive answers to any questions we may have, as long as we are patient and open to receiving that answer.

Seminary has given me the energy I need to get through the busy life of a high school student. It helps me to feel the spirit throughout everything I do. Each day I look forward to going to seminary and enjoying the feeling I have while I attend. If anyone is looking for that little bit of extra strength or help to do anything in life, I know seminary is the perfect thing to help you meet your challenges and goals. It has helped me in my life and I know it will help anyone else who will commit to attending and learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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