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About Seminary

What is Seminary? 

The seminary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a four-year religious education program for youth. In seminary, hundreds of thousands of students and their teachers meet, each weekday during the school year, to study the Holy Scriptures including: The Bible (Old Testament and New Testament), the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants.

Currently there are over 390,000 seminary students in over 170 countries in the world. Seminary classes are starting, in various countries, in virtually every month of the year. All high school youth ages 14-18, whether members of the LDS faith or not, are invited to participate in this wonderful program.


Purpose of Seminary

Our purpose is to help youth and young adults understand and rely on the teachings and Atonement of Jesus Christ, qualify for the blessings of the temple, and prepare themselves, their families, and others for eternal life with their Father in Heaven.

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Graduation Requirements

Students must receive credit for all four seminary courses of study and a worthiness clearance from their bishop or branch president to graduate from seminary. Students who finish their secondary education prior to completing four years of seminary may consult with their CES coordinator or seminary principal about graduating from seminary.