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Published: Thursday, July 5 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Medical Lake, Washington

It's good to know that from time to time religious freedom gets a thumbs up from the courts. That doesn't always happen. In the perfect world, students would also get school credit for the worthwhile courses that they engaged in. However, as stated here in the article, receiving credit also brings about an onslaught of regulations and stifling rules.

No doubt such religious allowances may soon face extinction. The push for universal acceptance has resulted in less tolerance for people of religious conviction. Society is determined to erase everything that remotely connects with religious belief: morality; standards; virtue; charity; to name a few. And then, we have the nerve to wonder why violent crimes are on the rise and ethics are disappearing from the business world and society in general.

Boise, Idaho

We are now a world wide church. The rest of world does well with early morning seminary, and volunteer teachers. Look at the savings involved if we go early morning in America as in the rest of the world. The Book of mormon speaks plainly against a paid clergy, as used in released time Seminary.

Farmington, UT

It sounds like a good enough solution, and you are right that it would work in many areas of the church, but you have to think through all the logistics for places like UT. When 60-80% of the student body are LDS, then you can no longer accommodate them in 2 classes per hour, over 8 periods per day. You would either need to build a building that could accommodate all 16 classes of students at the same early morning hour, use a local church that is not to far from the school, or else do several sets of classes like 4:30am, 5:30am, 6:30am, 7:30am, and some after school classes 3:30pm, 4:30pm, and 5:30pm. There are probably other solutions, but they would take some serious restructuring and thought.

As for the paid clergy, I go back to 2 Nephi 26:29-31 and the 5 scriptures that say "the laborer is worthy of his hire (reward)." We could pay our full-time teachers in food, clothes, and manual labor on their houses but money is just easier. Search "families" in the D&C, like 75:24.

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