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LDS seminary program celebrating 100 years

LDS seminary program celebrating 100 years
Posted at 1:27 PM, Jan 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-01-23 16:59:24-05

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is celebrating a century of seminary classes in Utah schools.

The LDS seminary program began in 1912 with just 70 students at Granite High School in Salt Lake City to focus on the church's youth and act as a safe haven for students from the outside world to learn about gospel principles.

“it's always been something to help me focus better. It takes away the stress from school every day. It's a nice break to have,” said Sarah Anderson, a seminary student at Copper Hills High School.

The program, which provides no high school credit, now serves 370,000 students in 140 countries. There will be a worldwide broadcast celebrating the event this Sunday.