Special to the Log Cabin
Every weekday morning a group of 25 students ranging from 9th through 12th grades who attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Dave Ward Dr. meet at 6 a.m. to study scripture and have fun together.
Seminary, or the study of religious history and scripture among high school students, grew from the original 70 students in one location to nearly 370,000 enrollees in more than 140 countries today. Students study four years to complete the program; courses include Old and New Testaments from the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants and Church History.
Recently the Church celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the Seminary and held a televised satellite broadcast from Salt Lake City to honor this milestone.
In geographic areas with high concentrations of Church members, a "release" from the regular public school curriculum is legislatively granted and students attend seminary as a part of a normal school day. As in the case of Conway where there are fewer members, students generally attend daily or early morning seminary classes, courses taught prior to the regular school day and often beginning by 6 a.m. Early morning Seminary instructors are called to serve on a volunteer basis. Some students attend seminary classes after school. Another option, in remote areas, allows enrollment in a home study course where students prepare their lessons independently.