LDS youth see benefits in rising early for seminary class

It is 6:12 a.m. -- 12 minutes late. But just in time for the main part of the lesson: "Nephi then took the sharp and mighty sword of Laban and chopped off his head!"

Such stories from Mormon scriptures are discussed every weekday morning by high school students attending seminary classes sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Seminary classes are offered for students at every high school in Clark County. Students in grades 9-12 receive religious instruction from adult volunteer teachers. Most students attend the classes at a nearby church meetinghouse, but some schools, such as Legacy High School, have class in their school's library and other classrooms.

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