The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have announced a change to the course of study schedule and curriculum for students in the seminary program.
Beginning January 2020, seminary students will study the same book of scripture used in the Church’s Come, Follow Me study outline for the year. This means that all Church members — including those enrolled in seminary classes — will study the Book of Mormon in 2020. Historically, the seminary curriculum has been organized by the school year and has remained separate from the course of study followed by other Church members. Read the First Presidency letter announcing the change.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who sits on the Church Board of Education, said this change is “significant” and will benefit seminary students and their families.
“We hope that they will have a great experience on Sunday at the meetinghouse, we hope that they will go home and have an experience with their family on Sunday, and we hope that through the week they will have a great experience in seminary studying the Book of Mormon,” said Elder Holland.
Seminary is a worldwide, four-year religious educational program for youth ages 14 through 18. It is operated by the Church but is open to teenagers of all faiths. Currently, there are more than 400,000 students enrolled in seminary in 140 countries. Courses are taught by full-time instructors in the populous areas of the Church and by volunteers in other areas.