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Ohio seminary students walk the paths of early Saints

By Susan Hunter

For Mormon Times

Published: Sunday, March 13 2011 7:00 a.m. MDT

“Normally, the lighthouse tour involves a cost. However, this afternoon as we were touring the lighthouse and grounds, park volunteers were setting up chairs for an event. Our seminary students started helping them put up chairs. No one asked them to help; they just rolled up their sleeves and got to work. These volunteers were so impressed that our youth would help without being asked, they invited them to tour the lighthouse, free of charge. The students were then able to explain who they were and how they were studying LDS Church history in Ohio,” said Bills. “It was a memorable experience for us, and I hope it was a memorable experience for them.”

Seminary begins early each day for these students. Most seminaries begin around 5:45 a.m., and some students travel 20 or more minutes to their classroom.

“Getting up early is hard to do, but I know the blessings of seminary are worth it. This year I am determined to be there every day. Like so many have said, studying the scriptures and attending seminary is like putting on the armor of God that protects you from the cares of the world,” said Adam Lenemier, 17, of Canton.

“I think that it is great to get up and start your morning learning the gospel. It has blessed my life because it starts my day feeling happy. You can then use what you learn to teach kids at school about the church,” added Tony Hill, 16 of Louisville.

There are more than 400 seminary students in Northeast Ohio. The seminary program began in 1912 in Salt Lake City with 70 high school students. In 2009, total enrollment was listed at more than 360,000 seminary students with programs found in 139 countries and territories throughout the world.

Susan Hunter is the Akron Ohio Stake public affairs director.

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