In a significant shift to the curriculum followed by seminaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, seminary study will now align with that of the Come, Follow Me curriculum and schedule, the First Presidency announced Friday.
"Making this change will enhance the home-centered, Church supported approach to gospel study through a unified study at home, Sunday School, and seminary," wrote the First Presidency in a letter dated March 22. "We encourage all youth to fully participate in seminary as they seek to increase their love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and deepen their conversion to the restored gospel."
In a video released Friday by Seminaries and Institutes of Religion of the Church, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Elder Kim B. Clark, Commissioner of the Church Educational System; Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, General Young Women President; and Chad H. Webb, Seminary and Institutes of Religion administrator, discussed the changes and what they mean for seminary students and teachers.
"In January of 2020, we will shift from a school year calendar to an annual calendar. Thus, allowing us to align Seminary curriculum with 'Come, Follow Me,'" Elder Holland said in the video. "We're going to make a half-step toward that in the summer of 2019," he noted. Following the school year calendar, students in the U.S. can expect to begin their fall 2019 seminary classes by studying the New Testament curriculum before shifting to the Book of Mormon in January of 2020.