Bullard Latter-day Saints celebrate 100 years of Seminary
The estimated 15-20 teenagers from Bullard and Whitehouse help make up nearly 370,000 students who take part in the study of religious history and scripture every morning. In 1912, the Seminary program began with only 70 students.
Chad H. Webb, administrator of Seminaries and Institutes for the Church, said the curriculum gives the students an opportunity to understand what the scriptures teach, the stories, the backgrounds and the history of those scriptures.
"The scriptures can be compared to a compass, that if followed will guide us through life," said Laura Mikulecky, a member of the LDS Bullard congregation. " It is common for most people to experience hard times and make mistakes, but when we study the scriptures we can learn from the mistakes of others and make wiser choices that will bring us happiness."
The Bullard and Whitehouse teens meet every morning at roughly 6 a. m. for anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to study before heading to school to carry on an otherwise typical teenage day.
These students, over the course of their studies, will spend approximately 720 hours immersed in classroom learning during the fouryear program. During seminary, students take four separate year- long classes studying one year on the Book of Mormon, two years on the Holy Bible, and one year on the Doctrine and Covenants of Church History.
The church celebrated the milestone with a simulcast of the celebration event in Salt Lake City, Utah.