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Published: Sunday, Jan. 22 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Orem, UT

"With all of the garbage that they get in their high school classes, we just feel it's really important that they get some reinforcement out of the scriptures every morning."

Yes, all that garbage like Physics, Math, English, History...

Provo, UT

Proud 4 year Graduate of Early Morning Seminary!

Brother Paul
Livermore, CA

The website for the Seminary celebration is NOT Functioning.

Website mentioned in News story says, "This Web Site is down for maintenance".

Why is Not the 100 Years Celebration of Seminary NOT on BYU-TV???

Is NOT BYU part of the Church Educational System??

What gives?? NO Access to "Promoted" events is just NOT good!!

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT


I wouldn't have a problem with people thinking such religious claims were invalid... except for the fact that my own personal experience was exactly how these seminary teachers have described.

Example: Health Sciences

My high school teacher taught our entire class that certain feelings were natural. Is that crazy? No. She taught that exploring those feelings were okay, that frequent practice in certain 'activities' that my religious beliefs ran contrary to were in fact normal and no one should feel guilty for doing them.

Now is that 'acceptable' for a public school teacher using public funds to preach? No, it isn't.

Why didn't I say "Teach"? I specifically used the term "preach". I'm sure you noticed. I call it preaching when teachers who are supposed to teach science decide to be the moral authority for their students. If I wanted them taught according to one belief, I'd have sent them to a private school, like many religious schools. Everything is religion. Atheism is as much a 'belief system' as anything else from a purely intellectual and philosophical examination.

While the majority of my non-LDS teachers felt the need to teach me that my beliefs were wrong, I qualify that as garbage and ill-willed. How am I wrong?

Summit, UT

@ brother paul

So that those who would like to celebrate the 100 years would not have to change back and forth between the game and the fireside. I went with my wife and kids and enjoyed the lack of other distractions. I was allowed to be part of a historic event of a program that saved me from wondering in ignorance.

Beaverton, OR

There were two great quotes that Elder Packer said, that I put in my scriptures. From Elder Marion G. Romney, "Don't just teach them so they understand. Teach them so they don't misunderstand." From Elder Yates, first Seminary teacher to Elder Packer (before being called as Assistant to the Quorum on the 12), "Learn at the feet of the Apostles, and it will have a profound effect on you." To this day we all have that opportunity.

Altamont, UT

And Zabivka,
You know darn well what he meant by "garbage in their classes"...

It's been a long time since I was in high school, but I remember Seminary as a chance to get away from the world for an hour. The garbage I would refer to would be how some students (and teachers!) act, and the things they say. It was a relief some days, to physically and spiritually leave that world. I imagine it's a lot worse now. These kids need Seminary more than ever!

And the Fireside last night was wonderful! I love President Packer.

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