Prophets Speak

A collection of quotes from modern-day prophets and apostles on the importance of the seminary and institute programs.

LDS President Thomas S. Monson

Thomas S. Monson
16th President of the Church


Seminary Can Change Lives
March 24, 2012

“When you have the chance to be involved in seminary, whether in the early morning or in released-time classes, take advantage of that opportunity. Many of you are attending seminary now. As with anything in life, much of what you take from your seminary experience depends on your attitude and your willingness to be taught. May your attitude be one of humility and a desire to learn. How grateful I am for the opportunity I had as a teenager to attend early-morning seminary, for it played a vital role in my development and the development of my testimony. Seminary can change lives.”

Participate in Seminary
August 12, 2011

“Young people, I ask you to participate in seminary. Study your scriptures daily. Listen to your teachers carefully. Apply what you learn prayerfully.”

Make Institute a Priority
April 21, 2009

“Think of it. Friends will be made, the Spirit will be felt, and faith will be strengthened. I promise you that as you participate in institute and study the scriptures diligently, your power to avoid temptations and to receive direction of the Holy Ghost in all you do will be increased. That is a promise I leave with you.”

Internalize the Scriptures
Pathways to Perfection, Deseret Book Co. (1973), 98

“The seminary and institute curricula stress the scriptures and help the student to internalize their vibrancy and meaning.”

LDS Former President Gordon B. Hinckley

Gordon B. Hinckley
15th President of the Church


Take Advantage of Seminary and Institute
Ensign, Nov. 1995, 54

“We hope that all for whom these programs [seminary and institute] are available will take advantage of them. Knowledge of the gospel will be increased, faith will be strengthened, and you will enjoy wonderful associations and friendships.”

Attending Seminary
Ensign, May 1996, 93

“I hope all of you who are eligible are attending seminary. This organization provides wonderful opportunities to learn the doctrines that will make you happy. It provides wonderful opportunities for socializing with those of your own kind.”

LDS Apostle Boyd K. Packer

Boyd K. Packer
President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


Parents, Presidents, Bishops, and Youth Leaders
Ensign, May 1983, 67

“Parents, encourage, even insist, that your students register for seminary or institute. Presidents, bishops, youth leaders, you are responsible to encourage every youngster, without exception, to enroll. Few things you do will benefit them quite as much.”

Students, Do Not Hesitate
Ensign, May 1983, 67

“Students, if your values are in place, you will not hesitate to forego an elective class that may decorate your life in favor of instruction which can hold together the very foundation of it. Then, once enrolled, attend, study, and learn. Persuade your friends to do the same. You will never regret it; this I promise you.”

Choose an Institute Class
Ensign, May 1983, 67

“Without guidance, your student may choose . . . another course instead of an institute class. That would surely be a mistake. It would be like adding one more brick to the house of knowledge when there is little mortar to hold it all together. Parents encourage, even insist, that your students register for . . . institute.”

Our Respect, Our Gratitude, and Our Support
Ensign, May 1990, 38

“All of these courses in seminary, in institute, and at Church schools are taught by dedicated teachers. They deserve our respect, our deep gratitude, and our full support. Every parent, every Church leader, should act as an enrolment agent for seminaries and institute. Parents and priesthood leaders, check on your college students. See that they attend institute.”

LDS Apsotle L. Tom Perry

L. Tom Perry
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


Power Comes
Ensign, Nov. 1997, 61-62

“I know the power that comes from associations in the seminary and institute programs. It has enriched my life, and I know it will do the same for you. It will put a shield of protection around you to keep you free from the temptations and trials of the world. There is a great blessing in having a knowledge of the gospel. And I know of no better place for the young people of the Church to gain a special knowledge of sacred things than in the institute and seminary programs of the Church.”

Don't Neglect the Opportunity
Ensign, Nov. 2007, 48

“Don't neglect the opportunity of attending seminary and institute classes. Participate and gain all you can from the scriptures taught in these great religious-education settings. They will prepare you to present the message of the restored gospel to those you have opportunity to meet.”

LDS Apostle Richard G. Scott

Richard G. Scott
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


Take Part
Ensign, Nov. 2003, 42

“Take part in seminary and institute to gain vital understanding of truth.”