'From sun up to sun down'

Youth around the world are choosing to attend seminary. Because of it they are learning the gospel and creating strong foundations of faith to carry them throughout their lives.

Whether it is getting up early or staying late, choosing to take seminary rather than another class at school, or setting time aside each day to spend time in their “virtual classroom,” the youth of the Church are making gospel study and learning a part of their everyday lives.

One student, Kay Macanoquit, lives in the Philippines and attends school from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Because Kay attends school from sun up to sun down, there is not a lot of time left over to attend seminary. Until it became a daily program during her last year of high school, Kay had been attending seminary only once a week.

Kay admits that when the change first happened, she didn’t want to go: “I decided to attend home study classes. … It was not easy for me to attend seminary class daily.” Getting home from school at 7 p.m. was exhausting and left barely enough time for homework, let alone seminary.

Despite Kay’s busy schedule and that she would only have half an hour between the end of school and her seminary class, Kay’s mother encouraged her to attend daily seminary even though it started at 7:30 p.m., right after she got home from school in the evenings. Kay remained dedicated to her school work, but eventually decided to sacrifice her evenings so that she could attend the daily seminary program.

In no time, Kay gained a strong testimony that the Lord’s promise to bless His children both spiritually and temporally was true. “I already finished memorizing the 25 scripture masteries. … I am about to finish reading the New Testament,” she said, “I am also the top in our class in school for two consecutive quarters. I am running for valedictorian in our school.”

By attending seminary daily, Kay developed a strong testimony of managing her time wisely and that if you put the Lord first in all things, He will help you in all things. Daily seminary strengthened Kay’s testimony of the Godhead and helped her gain a deeper understanding of her purpose on earth as a daughter of God.


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