My third son just graduated from seminary. My three sons have all gone to early-morning seminary. They stagger to class at 6:15 in the morning, bleary-eyed and yawning. They’ve all graduated, but two of them did significant makeup assignments to “get credit.” My last son made up 92 days, which is something of a record in our stake.
I wonder how much they get out of it. Early-morning seminary students pretty much snooze through class. I did, and my boys tell me things haven’t changed much. In fact, if there’s any change, I would imagine high school students are more tired than they’ve ever been before. They’re more over-extended. They have more homework. Their classes are harder and there’s more pressure to take higher-level classes and get better grades. Adding seminary to the mix is tough and I admire kids who do it.
Why do they do it? Do they have a sincere desire to study the gospel and learn more about the scriptures? Do they want to please their parents? Do they want to impress the hot girl who sits next to them? Or do they do it because it’s on the checklist of things every good Mormon kid does?
As much as I admire kids who go to seminary – and their parents – I only have one word to express the feeling of finishing up the early-morning seminary stage of my life as a parent. Hallelujuh!
Did you go to early-morning seminary? Did you learn anything? How about your kids?