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Published: Monday, April 22 2013 8:40 a.m. MDT

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junkgeek
Agua Dulce, TX

The best model is the model used outside Utah -- where you use stake resources and don't pay them.

shark
Buena Vista, VA

I'm really happy the article mentioned sacrifices of those who attend early morning seminary. I keep hearing about the faithful youth in Utah who do baptisms for the dead before school each day (in talks, and also in the recent YW broadcast, it showed a young lady doing baptisms before school), but our nearest temple is 3 hours away, and our kids go to early morning seminary. I think it is time they get recognized too.

G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

I suspect a similar thing is happening with Institute & college age young adults. Like to see a story on that.

viejogeezer
CARLSBAD, CA

I taught early morning seminary in California for 8 years. It was the most demanding and most rewarding assignment I ever had. The kids were wonderful and cherished lifelong relationships were formed. I wouldn't change it for the world.

jsmith111
stafford, VA

This article has a terrible title. The title should be something about record enrollment, not Utah finally sharing Seminary with the Outer Stakes.

Do the math: Utah only has around 87,000 of the 200,000+ US Seminary students. That's not a majority. Seminary has not been a predominantly Utah experience for decades. More students are enrolled in early morning courses than released time -- another example of how the Utah Mormon experience is so far outside the mainstream LDS experience.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

" another example of how the Utah Mormon experience is so far outside the mainstream LDS experience"

Could not have said it better. Things like making seminary attendance and graduation a requirement for kids to get into BYU don't come close to recognizing the the sacrifice kids living outside of Utah make in order to get the same opportunities Utah LDS get. Make the kids in Utah get up at 5 am year long.... to attend school at 6 am, and then you have a level playing field.

No, life isn;t fair. But it would be nice to see some recognition from that big tall building in Salt Lake of the extra effort required from non-Utah lDS youth to get the same opportunities. Graduating from seminary in Utah takes mountains less dedication than it does elsewhere.

ShaunainFlorida
West Palm Beach, FL

Each school morning, most of them arise between 4:30 and 5:00am so they can be on time for the start of our class.
They all travel to Seminary via different methods, cars, public transportation, and, in a few cases, walking. They come from all walks of life, many from humble circumstances by the world's standards. Some of the neighborhoods they must travel through are not safe, especially on dark and early mornings. They are determined to be at Seminary against many odds.
They are attentive and alert as they participate in our class. They memorize the 25 Scripture Mastery scriptures and do their outside ready to prepare for class each day. Many take full academic loads and maintain excellent grades in preparation for college, missions, and future careers.
Each morning after Seminary, they depart for their day at High School, extra curricular activities, lessons, jobs, family responsibilities, and Church activities.
Many of them say they would not want to start their school day in any other way. I agree.
Although I am their teacher, they teach me many lessons about love, sacrifice, dedication, and commitment.

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

I only did the "early morning" route for one semester - my last semester of my senior year - because it was 100% worth it. I don't know what I would have done without seminary all four years of high school!! Not only was it a place of religious instruction, but a gathering place, when something bad happened, it was the "LDS" thing to head over to the seminary building where your friends were. Even Institue in College was one of the best things to ever happen to me.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

Wow, the Utah haters even get into the Seminary article.

I am still trying to figure out why kids need to be praised and get special recognition for going to early morning Seminary. Do we praise the Elders and High Priests who set up the chairs for Sunday? Do we praise the kids who go to their YM/YW activities?

If this is what is expected, why do we need to give them special praise and attention?

Yes going to early morning Seminary is a sacrifice, but if we start to use it to get praise it becomes less about the learning and more about the praise.

Don't cheapen the Seminary experience by attaching some sort of praise for just attending.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Redshirt... why don't you get your KIDS up 2 or 3 hours early before school... for 800 days... then tell us all how that is the same sacrifice kids in Utah make to go to release time Seminary.

No one is hating Utah. Is it really all that hard for Utah mormons to not accept that those who don't live in zion have to go a little bit further. Pointing this out is somehow hate talk. Good grief, could some in Utah have any thinner skins about it.

"Don't cheapen the Seminary experience by attaching some sort of praise for just attending"

This is probably the best quote yet that some in Utah have absolutely no clue what kids elsewhere give up to do the right thing. What is so wrong with acknowleding their extra effort. How does that hurt some Utahn's feelings?

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "UtahBlueDevil" the kids in Utah sacrifice 1 class period per day. They could have study hall, or an additional science, social studies, arts, or vocational class every day. But, they sacrifice secular learning for spiritual learning.

Imagine that you had the choice of taking a class that you found really interesting at the highschool, or taking Seminary. Is that a sacrifice?

You do hate "Utah mormons". Just using that terms shows that you have some deep buried hatred of LDS members in Utah. Having lived in and out of Utah I know first hand that there is a difference, but that difference is such a minor thing that I don't care if you are in or outside of Utah and are LDS. What matters is the learning and progression towards becoming Christlike.

If getting your kids up early for Seminary is such an ordeal, why not enroll them in Home-Study Seminary?

The question still is, why do you want special praise and recognition for doing as they are asked?

Res Novae
Ashburn, VA

Redshirt,

I assure you as an early morning seminary alumnus that I would have eagerly traded waking up at zero-dark-hundred on cold winter mornings to drive/be driven to the chapel for class with anyone sacrificing an elective like study hall to walk across the street to the nearest LDS chapel. Early morning seminary requires a different level of commitment than simply treating it like another school elective

UtahBlueDevil is more than capable of speaking for himself, but I don't think he is looking for any sort of special praise for his kids' involvement in seminary. I think he's hoping for more acknowledgement that the LDS experience along the Wasatch Front is very much a minority one among LDS youth. He and jsmith111 are (correctly) pointing out that the article title is misleading. Seminary has been stretching beyond Utah for quite a while.

As to stating that Christ-like progression is the important issue, I think you'd do well to consider that before accusing someone of hating "Utah Mormons" simply because they point out the different experiences faced by the Saints outside of Zion. Take the chip off your shoulder.

jeanie
orem, UT

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Yes, there are differences living inside of Utah or outside of Utah ( I have lived in both), but in the big picture it is not relevant. We are all members of the same family who share common beliefs. As believers in Christ it is wise to remember that He made no distinction between the faithful planted in fertile soil or poor soil. His only concern was the fruit that grew.

There are advantages to both living inside and outside of Utah. BYU has done studies about which location produces the strongest LDS kids and their findings were that location played no part.

Let's drop the labels. They only divide.

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