Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel


testimony, teenager, education

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One of the key objectives of religious educators is to facilitate spiritual growth that leads to the making and keeping of covenants. This purpose is stated in various ways by different organizations of the Church. For example, “the purpose of the Young Women organization is to help each young woman be worthy to make and keep sacred covenants and receive the ordinances of the temple.” The objective statement of Seminaries and Institutes (S&I) states in part, “Our purpose is to help youth and young adults understand and rely on the teachings and Atonement of Jesus Christ, qualify for the blessings of the temple, and prepare themselves, their families, and others for eternal life with their Father in Heaven.” The Sunday School’s stated purpose is to “strengthen individuals’ and families’ faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.” Clearly religious educators in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have an explicit mission to help students grow spiritually.