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{Poll} Your Seminary Experience + Trivia

Kate Ensign-Lewis and Ashley Evanson - August 30, 2012


This year, seminary celebrates 100 years. What was your seminary experience? Pay tribute with trivia, a video, and a poll.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the LDS Seminary program. With the new seminary school year beginning, we thought it would be fun to look at some seminary trivia: 

The first seminary class was held in 1912 in a residence-like building across from Granite High in Salt Lake City, Utah; 70 students were enrolled. Granite High School closed in June 2009 after dwindling in student numbers, but students still attend seminary at the original site.

Graduates of the Granite Seminary include President James E. Faust and Elder Neal A. Maxwell, former U.S. Sen. Frank Moss, columnist Jack Anderson, former Mormon Tabernacle Choir director Jerold Ottley, entertainer Robert Peterson and author-lecturer Dian Thomas.

Early morning seminary didn't start until 1950, when California teenagers began meeting at LDS meetinghouses near high schools to receive their seminary instruction. "Home-study" seminaries for rural students would begin in 1967.

Seminary goes international: In 1962, in response to requests for seminary programs outside the U.S. and Canada, early morning seminary classes were formed in Finland and Germany, with a total of 34 students between them. Today seminary classes are available in 143 countries.

In 2004, ASL seminary became available to deaf students across the U.S. These classes are broadcast from – you guessed it – the Granite Seminary building.

What was your seminary experience like? Take a moment to reflect back on your experiences with this poll. Also, don't miss this video on the history of seminary.

Did you attend seminary?

How did you attend seminary?

Did you enjoy your seminary experience?

How did you benefit most from seminary? Leave a comment below.

© LDS Living, 2012.
Comments 3 comments

janet. said...

09:19 AM
on Aug 30, 2012

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Actually, even though I filled in the poll, I was a teacher for 15 years. I taught home study, and experiemtnal program where we met on sundays instead of Sunday school, and early morning. the early morning seminary had more good results than the others. Perhaps that was due to all the sacrifices the students made to get there-some lived in adjoining counties, different cities, different schools. I learned so much in teaching that the tears flowed when released. It was a demanding program for both students and teacher. But there was a lot of love and learning. It is a joy to know that some youth now are teaching seminary as well as two of my children. the program continues! Do NOT lower the expectations-keep the standards high!

kristiner said...

10:44 AM
on Aug 30, 2012

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Early morning seminary helped me develop a deeper relationship with my father in heaven, my Savior and the scriptures. Oh, and scripture chasing was equally......"rad;" "loved" being the scripture chase champion...=)..awesome!! ;)

goofyone said...

07:19 AM
on Aug 31, 2012

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I remember one year I was way behind in my Seminary Home study but, I was able to get caught up and finish before anyone else in the class!!! Seminary helped me to learn the scriptures that I needed on my mission. I loved Seminary and would not have wanted to change my four years!!! Thanks to some great teachers who made it exciting and interesting!!!
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