In so many ways, seminary is where things come together.
Do you sometimes feel isolated as you try to make sense of your life? If so, then one way to escape this feeling is to make connections.
One of the best places to do this is in seminary. (Check out “8 Ways to Make Seminary Great.”) Here are some of the connections you can make there.
1. Connect with Other People
Seminary is a great reminder that you’re not alone. And it’s a great place to connect with others in a safe and supportive environment.
Whether you’re meeting every day in a classroom or doing home or online study, seminary connects you with other youth as well as a caring teacher. These are people you can be your best self with. You can explore the scriptures, ask questions, look for answers, and share thoughts and feelings and experiences. You can laugh, cry, and sing together—and possibly even eat together (ask your teacher; if the answer’s no, never mind). (Watch how a few young men use text messaging to help one another in “Texting Truths.”)
Before my first year in seminary, I didn’t understand why we have to study the scriptures. I thought they had only boring stories. But thanks to seminary, I learned that each story contains a valuable lesson that I can apply in my life right now. I have the desire to continue learning in the scriptures. —Oscar B., 15, Costa Rica
2. Connect with the Scriptures
Though the scriptures may have been written long ago and far away, seminary helps you reach through space and time to really connect with them. It helps you understand the similarities and differences between the world of yesterday and the world of today. And it helps you see the consistency of God’s message to His people and the world. In this way, seminary can help you see how God can speak to you through the scriptures and the Spirit to give you customized guidance. It also helps turn the scriptures into a lifelong friend—a constant source of comfort, advice, and help. (Read more about connecting with the scriptures in “5 Ways to Personalize Your Gospel Study.”)
3. Connect the Scriptures with Each Other
What does Alma have to do with Matthew? Does Isaiah have anything in common with the Doctrine and Covenants? Seminary helps you see the threads that bind all of the gospel teachings together throughout the scriptures. Once you start making these connections, the scriptures become both useful and exciting, as well as friendly and familiar. This will spark your interest in making more of these connections between scriptures. And seminary is right there to help you do it.
4. Connect Your Present and Your Future
Present-You may have heard of Future-You, but it would be nice if they could get better acquainted. Through seminary you can get a better idea of who this Future-You person is. For instance, you may see how Future-Missionary-You uses the scriptures to teach people the gospel, resolve their concerns, and help them change their lives. (Read one missionary’s answer to “Why Memorize Scriptures?”) Or you may get a glimpse of how Future-Parent-You plants a love of the scriptures in the hearts of children. Or you may begin to understand how focusing on scriptural truths can help Future-Church-Service-You to serve, teach, and inspire others. And of course, you’ll see how Future-You experiences personal joy, peace, and inspiration from a habit of daily scripture study. (Watch “Staying Spiritually Fit.”)
5. Connect with Your True Self
Your true self is the part of you that knows what kind of being you are, where you come from, and who your Heavenly Parents are. Your true self also knows what your true potential is, what kind of power you already possess, and the vast power you can gain access to if you make the right choices.
As you master the doctrines in the scriptures through seminary and feel the Holy Spirit confirm the truth of them to your heart, you deepen this knowledge. You’ll also feel the Spirit’s promptings to act—to repent, serve, pray, learn, and do everything in your power to connect with the true, best self your Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know you can be.
6. Connect with Heavenly Father
You strengthen your connection to Heavenly Father as you pray to Him, learn of Him and the Savior, and live as They want you to live. (Watch “Our Divine Destiny.”) In seminary you learn how Heavenly Father speaks to you through the scriptures and the Holy Ghost, which comes to you when you earnestly study the scriptures. Seminary also gives you frequent opportunities to pray, ponder, bear testimony, and make many other connections to Heavenly Father. (Read more about connecting with Heavenly Father in “Roger That!”)
Share your experience
What connections have you made at seminary? Share your experience below.