lds-instituteNew Classes: Beginning August 2015, four new courses will be offered at all Institutes of Religion and at BYU, BYU–Idaho, BYU–Hawaii, and LDS Business College. These courses are titled Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel, Foundations of the Restoration, The Eternal Family, and Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon. These and other institute courses are intended to assist young adults in deepening their conversion through an in-depth study of the scriptures and teachings of modern prophets. The manuals are available online in text and PDF format, and they are also in the Gospel Library mobile app.

Graduation Emphasis: In addition to the new classes and in an effort to better meet the needs mentioned above, young adults are invited and encouraged to make graduating from Institute of Religion a priority, similar to the current expectation that exists with seminary. Course credit leading to graduation is earned by:

  1. Attending at least 75 percent of classes.
  2. Completing assigned readings.
  3. Completing a course assessment intended to help them apply what is being taught to their personal lives.

By actively participating in and graduating from institute, young adults will strengthen their testimonies of Jesus Christ, increase their scripture study skills, learn from others and through the Spirit, and gain confidence in making life decisions.

Invite All: Institute is a resource to assist priesthood leaders in providing gospel instruction and social opportunities for young adults. Continued efforts are being made to sincerely encourage all youth to attend and graduate from seminary and all young single adults to attend and graduate from institute. Priesthood leaders can play a significant role in this effort to invite all young single adults ages 18 to 30 who have not graduated from institute to do so.

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