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Church Seminaries Will Soon Add Life Preparation Lessons

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Seminaries and Institutes of Religion is pleased to announce new Life Preparation lessons. This significant expansion to the Church’s seminary curriculum commences in January 2024 for released-time programs (in some areas of the United States and Canada), followed by a global rollout in January 2025.

These enriched seminary lessons (36 each year) are a response to the evolving needs of today’s youth. The addition will help students draw on the power of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life while maintaining a foundation in scripture and an alignment with the faith’s “Come Follow Me” gospel study resource.

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“Our focus is to develop disciples of Jesus Christ,” said Elder Clark G. Gilbert, Church Commissioner of Education. “Therefore, the key is to provide life preparation resources that are anchored in Jesus Christ and grounded in the scriptures. We would be missing the mark if life lessons on emotional resilience and college preparation failed to teach students to involve the Lord in their learning. We are teaching a generation to look to the Savior in every aspect of their development.”

The enriched seminary lessons will help students handle challenging life circumstances, fulfill their divine identity and potential, become self-reliant, develop healthy habits, succeed in school, pursue additional education, prepare for missionary service and make and keep covenants in the temple. This more comprehensive approach will better prepare youth to face the complexities of the modern world while staying grounded in scripture — ultimately leading students to deepen their conversion to Christ.

“By incorporating Life Preparation lessons in our seminary curriculum, we hope to unlock a spiritual reservoir unlike any we have seen before,” said Chad Webb, administrator of Seminaries and Institutes. “Our hope is to help prepare a generation of youth to know how to study the scriptures and be riveted to the teachings of living prophets — a generation of emotionally resilient youth who have the skills and capacity to succeed in school, become righteous fathers and mothers and lead in the Church and their communities.”

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