The Objective

    Seminary and Institute

    Videos

    1 Great Is Your Work, and Great Are the Promises
    President Eyring challenges us to turn our students to the Savior and to help them learn how they can fulfill the purposes for which they were sent to this earth (Henry B. Eyring, "To Know and to Love God," Feb. 26, 2010).
    3:27
    1.1 A Strong Foundation
    Elder Johnson challenges teachers to strive to accomplish the S&I Objective in an effort to help students build a strong spiritual foundation (Paul V. Johnson, "A Pattern for Learning Spiritual Things," Aug. 2012).
    1:12
    1.1 Covenants
    Sister Beck explains the eternal value of covenants (Julie B. Beck, "Teaching the Doctrine of the Family" S&I Aug. Broadcast, Aug. 2009).
    1:15
    1.1 Our Call to Teach Eternal Truth
    President Eyring reminds us that our call has always been to teach eternal truth in a way that will help our students choose to love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ (Henry B. Eyring, "To Know and to Love God," Feb. 26, 2010).
    1:12
    1.1 Preparing the Rising Generation
    Elder Paul Johnson emphasizes the need for teachers to do more to help students prepare spiritually for the challenges they are facing (Paul V. Johnson, "Preparing the Rising Generation," Address to Religious Educators, Jan 28, 2011).
    0:30
    1.1 Remembering the Objective
    Elder Nelson encourages us to remember the Objective of Seminaries and Institutes every day before we teach (Russell M. Nelson, "Teaching Youth in the Day of the Wave," S&I August Broadcast, 2013).
    00:52
    1.1 We Must Be Reaching Their Minds, Hearts, and Souls
    Elder Kerr helps us understand our role as catalysts to the Lord's process of opening and preparing the minds and hearts of students to receive and embrace the gospel message (W. Rolfe Kerr, "Touching the Minds and Hearts of Youth," Feb. 4, 2005).
    1:53
    1.2.1 A Teacher's Influence by Living the Gospel
    Elder Bednar tells about his seminary teacher and how his righteous example left a lasting impression on him (David A. Bednar, The Doctrine and Covenants-Welcome to Seminary DVD).
    1:12
    1.2.1 Influencing Students Through Who We Are as Teachers
    President Uchtdorf reminds us that our students are influenced by our testimony, faith, example, and love (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "A Teacher of God's Children," Address to Religious Educators, Jan 28, 2011).
    0:52
    1.2.1 Living the Gospel
    Elder Ballard leads a discussion on the importance of living the gospel so that we can teach with power (Discussion with M. Russell Ballard, Paul V. Johnson, and Chad H. Webb, S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2010).
    3:18
    1.2.1 Our Constant Companion
    Elder Eyring emphasizes that teachers must have the spirit as their constant companion in order to teach with power (Henry B. Eyring, 'The Spirit Must Be our Constant Companion,' Address to Religious Educators, Feb. 7, 2003).
    6:13
    1.2.1 The Holy Ghost is the Teacher
    Elder Ballard teaches that we need to live worthy so that the Holy Ghost may be in our classes and do the teaching (M. Russell Ballard, "We Are on the Lord's Errand," S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2010).
    2:51
    1.2.1 The Power of Examples
    Elder Bednar teaches about how a righteous example can have a lasting influence.
    1:12
    1.2.2 Be Brilliant in the Basics
    Sister Beck encourages us to set a great example for our students by having an exemplary marriage (Julie B. Beck, "Teaching the Doctrine of the Family" S&I Aug. Broadcast, Aug. 2009).
    2:08
    1.2.2 Living the Gospel
    Elder Nelson emphasizes the importance of setting a Christlike example in our marriage and in our home because it will leave an eternal impact on your student's hearts and minds (Russell M. Nelson, "Teaching Youth in the Day of the Wave," 2013).
    1:22
    1.2.2 Our Conduct in the Home
    Sister Burton shares what her father taught her about the lessons he learned when he taught early morning seminary (Linda K. Burton, "Home, a Glimpse of Heaven," S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2013).
    3:29
    1.2.2 Spouse Support
    Elder Ballard explains the importance of spouses supporting and loving each other through daily prayer (Discussion with M. Russell Ballard, Paul V. Johnson, and Chad H. Webb, S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2010).
    2:52
    1.2.2 The Influence of a Teacher's Example
    President Hinckley encourages teachers to be a worthy example to their students in all aspects of their lives. (Gordon B. Hinckley, 'A Challenging Time, A Wonderful Time,' Address to Religious Educators, Feb 7, 2003)
    2:18
    1.2.3 Continually Seek to Improve
    Brother Hawks shares a video clip where Elder Jeffrey R. Holland challenges us to continually seek to improve throughout our career and throughout our lives (Richard D. Hawks, "We Continually Seek to Improve," S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2014).
    1:38
    1.3.1 Keeping the Gospel Simple
    Elder Ballard encourages us to teach with simplicity, using the scriptures and the words of the prophets (M. Russell Ballard, "We Are on the Lord's Errand," S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2010).
    1:30
    1.3.1 Study and Ponder General Conference
    President Monson encourages us to read, ponder, and apply the teachings of the words of the prophets (Thomas S. Monson, “God be with you Til we meet again” General Conference, Oct. 2012).
    00:51
    1.3.1 The Scriptures and the Words of the Prophets
    Brother Webb challenges us to teach the scriptures & the words of the prophets; as we focus on the small things, great things will be brought to pass in the lives of our students (Chad Webb, "An Invitation to Study the Doctrine and Covenants," 2014).
    1:58
    1.3.1 Tuning Our Ears to Prophetic Priorities
    Brother Haws addresses S&I personnel and exhorts them to harmonize their efforts with prophetic priorities and the direction of those appointed to lead us (R. Kelly Haws, "Tuning Our Ears to Prophetic Priorities and Direction," S&I Inservice, 2013).
    3:01
    1.3.3 Allowing Youth to Exercise Their Agency
    A panel discusses the process of learning by study and faith, as well as the importance of allowing the youth to exercise their agency in gospel learning (Randall L. Hall, Kim B. Clark, Elaine S. Dalton, Richard I. Heaton, S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2009).
    6:07
    1.3.3 Enabled to Share the Gospel
    A seminary teacher and student share personal experiences about the role of seminary in helping them be prepared to answer questions to others not of our faith (Welcome to Seminary DVD Elder Oaks--The Old Testament 'An Introduction to Seminary').
    1:08
    1.3.3 Help Students to Fulfill Their Role
    Brother Webb instructs us on the importance of encouraging our students to participate in order to help them become good learners (Chad H. Webb, "Deepening Conversion," S&I Aug. Broadcast, Aug. 2007).
    2:52
    1.3.3 Helping Students Inquire of the Lord
    Elder Eyring speaks of the importance of students learning to inquire of the Lord through prayer (Henry B. Eyring, 'Inquire of the Lord,' Address to Religious Educators, Feb. 2, 2001).
    1:46
    1.3.3 Helping a Friend
    A young woman shares an experience with Elder Ballard about when she had the opportunity to influence a friend by sharing a gospel teaching with her (Welcome to Seminary DVD, Elder Ballard--The New Testament, "An Apostle's Invitation").
    1:02
    1.3.3 Let them Find the Answers
    Sister Elaine S. Dalton explains the importance of letting the students find the answers to their questions.(Teaching and Learning Panel, Randall L. Hall, Kim B. Clark, President, Elaine S. Dalton, Richard I. Heaton, S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2009)
    1:56
    1.3.3 Making Seminary Great
    Elder Bednar teaches the youth the importance of using their agency by acting in a way that invites the Holy Ghost into their classroom expereince (David A. Bednar, The Doctrine and Covenants-Welcome to Seminary DVD).
    2:45
    1.3.3 More Than Saving Themselves
    Elder Hales shares the importance of teaching our youth that along with their own conversion, they have a responsibility to help others achieve exaltation as well (Robert D. Hales, 'Teaching by Faith,' Address to Religious Educators, Feb. 1, 2002).
    00:43
    1.3.3 Preparing Future Parents
    Elder Scott helps teachers see how the gospel is carried from one generation to the next as students become converted and prepared to pass on to their children the truths of the gospel (Richard G. Scott, 'To Live and Understand Truth,' Feb 4, 2005).
    00:49
    1.3.3 Preparing the Youth for Their Missions
    Elder Ballard leads a discussion on helping the youth to be better prepared to teach the gospel to others (Discussion with M. Russell Ballard, Paul V. Johnson, and Chad H. Webb, S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2010).
    4:15
    1.3.3 Seek Learning By Faith
    Elder Bednar teaches about faith and how individuals can exercise faith in learning, and the resulting implications for teachers. (David A. Bednar, "Seek Learning by Faith," Address to Religious Educators, Feb 3, 2006)
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    1.3.3 Spiritual Learning Requires Effort
    Elder Bednar teaches the youth the importance of using their agency by acting in a way that invites the Holy Ghost into their classroom expereince (David A. Bednar, The Doctrine and Covenants-Welcome to Seminary DVD).
    2:45
    1.4.2 A Parenting Team
    Elder Hales reminds us that our goal needs to be one of unity and cooperation, not competition with the parents and priesthood leaders that we assist (Robert D. Hales, 'Teaching by Faith,' Address to Religious Educators, Feb. 1, 2002).
    00:52
    1.4.3 A Junior Partner
    Elder Maxwell encourages Seminary and Institute personnel to give special deference to family and priesthood leaders as they all work together for the welfare of the students (Neal A. Maxwell, 'Glorify Christ,' Feb. 2, 2001).
    1.4.3 Enrolling and Retaining Students
    Elder Oaks and a panel discuss ways of reaching more students and retaining them (A Panel Discussion with Elder Dallin H. Oaks--Creating Unity,Seminary and Institute, Aug. Broadcast, 2012).
    5:08
    1.4.3 Equally yoked
    Brother Beck invites us to work closely with priesthood leaders and help young men fulfill their Duty to God (David L. Beck, Helping Young Men Fulfill Their Duty to God, S&I Aug. Broadcast).
    4:12
    1.4.3 Invite One More to Enroll
    Elder Ballard teaches the parable of the Lost Sheep to a group of youth and challenges each of them to invite and enroll one more person into seminary (Welcome to Seminary DVD, Elder Ballard--The New Testament, 'An Apostle's Invitation').
    2:54
    1.4.3 Inviting Students
    Brother Moore teaches about our responsibility in the enrolling process (Gary Moore, Enrolling, Teaching, and Empowering the "One," S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2008).
    3:59
    1.4.3 Linking Arms with other organizations
    Elder Paul V. Johnson explains his feelings about working with other auxilaries to help the youth.
    00:57
    1.4.3 Supporting Church Youth Achievement Programs
    Elder Hales invites us to consider the results our efforts would produce as we support our students in their efforts with Duty to God, Personal Progress, and For the Strength of Youth, etc. (Robert D. Hales, 'Teaching by Faith,' Feb. 1, 2002).
    1:51
    1.4.3 Working with Priesthood Leaders to Enroll More Youth
    Elder Ballard and Elder Johnson share ideas on how to work well with priesthood leaders (Discussion with M. Russell Ballard, Paul V. Johnson, and Chad H. Webb, S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2010).
    9:18
    1.4.3. Working Together with Priesthood Leaders
    Elder Nelson exhorts us to reach out by working closely with priesthood leaders in order to rescue the youth of the church (Russell M. Nelson, "Teaching Youth in the Day of the Wave," S&I August Broadcast, 2013).
    1:49
    Equally Yoked Together
    President Boyd K. Packer uses the story of oxen being equally yoked together to teach principles of teamwork in education.
    4:11
    Help Us Discover the Gospel
    Leaders and teachers follow the Savior by helping youth discover the gospel for themselves. They don't just talk. They listen carefully, ask questions, and help youth participate actively.
    4:23
    Lead Us to Conversion
    Your purpose as a leader is to help youth become deeply converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. As their hearts change, you’ll see them become unified, share the gospel with others, and repent of their sins.
    3:00
    Strengthen Our Families
    If the youth learn and teach the gospel with their families the way they do with their leaders, they'll have powerful experiences that they couldn't have any other way.
    3:00
    We Act
    If the youth are going to become converted, they can't just listen. They have to act on what they're learning.
    2:07
    We Become
    If you help the youth feel the love, peace, and forgiveness that come from the Atonement, they will become truly converted.
    3:45
    We Learn
    The Lord is inviting us to become converted to His gospel right now while we're young. We learn and grow when we prepare ourselves, work together, and seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost.
    2:58