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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Early Morning Seminary in Fort Worth

COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS -- The Fort Worth Star-Telegram yesterday looked at the LDS students attending early morning seminary for the Bedford and Colleyville wards of the Colleyville Stake. The article looks at the feelings of the seminary students and their parents to the program and what it means in Mormon culture.

This early morning seminary program has more than 60 junior high and high school students who start their day at seminary at 6:00 am, often rising at 5:30 or earlier to get there on time. "It helps you start your day off better starting off with church," says Erin Chapman, 15, who is in 10th grade at Grapevine High School. She says its difficult to get up then.. "Especially when you have the last-minute [school] projects. I get up and, I'm like, `Why am I doing this?' But it pays off in the end."

The article also gives a short history of the seminary program, which started in 1912 with 70 students. Today the program has at least 373,887 students, most of which take early morning classes. Alan Linford, one of the parents of the Colleyville seminary, says, "It is unbelievable that you could get that many teen-agers to come out at that hour of the morning five days a week. You are going to really learn that there are things that require sacrifice, but that in the long run will pay a much bigger benefit," he said. "I think the seminary teaches that."


Early risers get lessons in Mormon faith
Fort Worth TX Star-Telegram 18Sep00 D1
By By Tara Dooley: Star-Telegram Staff Writer
N. Tarrant students start day with religion, then get ready for classes at schools


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