I had to take my daughter to school at 6:45 this morning to get ready for a band trip, but on the way had to pick up a friend of hers who needed a ride. We were to pick her up not at her home, but at her church. Her Mormon church. At 6:30 in the morning.
But we arrived, and there were other cars in the parking lot, and her friend came out and on the way to school I chatted with her about what she was doing and I learned a lot.
From grades 9-12 on every school day she had “seminary” from 6:00-7:00 am. Every school day. For four years. I asked her if every Mormon church does it that way and she said some of them are able to offer it as an elective in the High Schools and have it during the day. I asked if some Mormon churches have it after school and she said they don’t because of sports.
It suddenly clarified so many things about Mormonism to me. They receive so much instruction in (presumably) Mormon doctrine during the high school years it is no wonder they retain so many members who are so dedicated and quick to evangelize, if you want to call it that.
It shouldn’t have surprised me at all that they refrain from after-school activities either–Mormons are adept at accommodating to the American experience.
Is there anything Christians can learn from this?