Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has provided religious education, aka seminary, to ages 14-18, for the past 50 years. There are 20 students in the class that meets at the church on 5151 Fanuel St. Elmer Heap of La Jolla is the instructor.
“Seminary brightens up my day and warms up my brain!” said freshman Andy Chen, about the class he attends every weekday at 6 a.m. Sophomore Tucker Beachem added, “We’re all in it as a team. We all wake up early so it’s not as hard for me to go.”
According to Heap, the very early morning session is an inspiring way for the students to start each day. “I like to think that we’re a team and the school year is a season. At the end of each class, we gather in a circle and offer a prayer. After the prayer, we all put our hands together in the middle of the circle and we count 1-2-3 and we all yell, ‘BE STRONG!’ There is a sign above the door that says, ‘Play Like A Champion Today.’ As everyone leaves, they reach up and hit the sign. Then they go and spread the love as they try to follow the Savior.”