Institute is in a prime position to provide young adults with the help they need in order to face the challenges of their daily lives and to influence the world for good. So why do young adults—who have such an intense need for spiritual guidance—not come to institute? To better understand this question, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion (S&I) asked over 2,000 young single adults in 10 different countries what would cause them to make institute a priority and why some don’t currently come to institute. Their answers are both inspiring and instructive and align beautifully with what Church leaders have asked institute to accomplish.
Young adults want institute to:
Help them increase their commitment to the Savior.
Be relevant to their circumstances.
Provide a chance to learn from and share with each other.
When institute provides these things, young adults report that the teaching is engaging and inspiring and that they want to be at institute.
When institute doesn't provide these things, young adults choose other priorities.
Institute Is for Me
One year ago, we set out to find real and authentic stories from around the world about young adults and their everyday lives to show how institute fits into their life.
The purpose of these stories is to inspire institute students from all over the world to share what they are learning and feeling in their individual institute classes on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.
Invitation to Teachers and S&I Personnel
We invite teachers and S&I personnel to watch the stories below. As you teach principles from the scriptures, regularly invite your students to authentically share what they are learning and feeling in your institute classes on social media using the #LDSinstitute hashtag.
Other Ways to Localize This for Your Area
Here a few ways to adapt this content and directive for your area:
Share these videos on your social media accounts using the #LDSinstitute hashtag.
Use your phone or tablet to capture stories like those below from your own institute and share them on your social media accounts using the #LDSinstitute hashtag.
Show the videos to seminary students who will soon attend institute.
Share this insight about young adults and appropriate videos with local leaders to help them understand how institute can bless them in their stewardship.
Institute Is for Me Stories
Come Together At Institute
Students from all walks of life come together to study. Institute is unifying, guiding, uplifting, strengthening, relevant, and Christ-centered.
Watch how Jayden went from being a less-active member to receiving his mission call and how institute helped him along the way.
Veronica is a boxer, and she converted to the Church just over a year ago. See how institute helped her overcome her challenges and find out who she is.
Laura recently graduated from high school and is away from home attending college. See how institute helped her find the right friends and solidify who she really is.
Aric is a returned missionary. Returning from a mission and transitioning back into normal life can be tricky, but see how institute helped him stay balanced and focused on the right things.
The Motorcross Rider
Riley is an active young adult who deals with the regular challenges of being a young adult. See how institute helped her stay strong in the faith.
See the Institute Is for Me web page for young adults.