Church Educational System

The Church Educational System (CES) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) consists of several institutions that provide religious and secular education for both Latter-day Saint and non–Latter-day Saint elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and adult learners. Approximately 700,000 individuals were enrolled in CES programs in 143 countries in 2011. CES courses of study are separate and distinct from religious instruction provided through wards (local congregations). Kim B. Clark, a member of the First Quorum of Seventy, has been the Commissioner of the Church Educational System since August 1, 2015.

Seminaries and Institutes of Religion


Religious education programs designed for secondary students are called seminaries. These are programs of religious education for youth aged 14–18 that accompany the students' secular education. In areas with large concentrations of Latter-day Saints, such as in and around the Mormon Corridor in the United States, and some places in Alberta, Canada, instruction is offered on a released time basis during the normal school day in meetinghouses, or facilities built specifically for seminary programs, adjacent to public schools. Released-time seminary classes are generally taught by full-time employees. In areas with smaller LDS populations early-morning or home-study seminary programs are offered. Early-morning seminary classes are held daily before the normal school day in private homes or in meetinghouses and are taught by volunteer teachers. Home-study seminary classes are offered where geographic dispersion of students is so great that it is not feasible to meet on a daily basis. Home-study seminary students study daily, but meet only once a week as a class. Home-study classes are usually held in connection with weekly youth fellowship activities on a weekday evening.

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The Eastern Herald 29 May 2024
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Understanding guardianship for elderly loved ones

The Trentonian 29 May 2024
What Is guardianship? ... Understanding conservatorship ... Also, look into their state bar association and any legal aid organizations in their area. You could also access the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys website at to find a licensed practicing NAELA member attorney. A local area agency on aging may also have resources ... .......

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Springfield News-Leader 29 May 2024
Missouri State's move to Conference USA opens the door for the possibility of recognizable brand-name college football programs visiting Plaster Stadium to play against the Bears during the regular season ... Arkansas State ... Air Force, Army, Navy. Talk about something the Springfield area would love, the service academies tend to make road appearances....

Why it took getting to the NBA for Corey Brewer, Brandan Wright to become friends

The Tennessean 29 May 2024
At the same time about 50 miles away, Brandan Wright was becoming a hoops star at Brentwood Academy. The duo became two of the greatest to ever play in the Nashville-area. But somehow their paths never crossed on their separate journeys to the NBA ... 7 and No ... However, it took playing in the NBA for the two Nashville area hoops legends to cross paths....

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The Oklahoman 29 May 2024
"(Director) Jeff Dupre is an alumni of our festival .. ... ... Directed by Lee Isaac Chung, who filmed his Academy Award-winning semi-autobiographical immigrant drama "Minari" in the Tulsa area in 2019, "Twisters" stars Golden Globe nominees Daisy Edgar-Jones ("Where the Crawdads Sing," "Normal People") and Glen Powell ("Anyone But You," "Top Gun....

StarNews All-Area Boys Tennis: Hayes Gilbert, Cape Fear Academy lead area's best

StarNews Online 28 May 2024
For the second straight season, one Wilmington-area boys tennis player was perfect. The StarNews All-Area Boys Tennis Player of the Year for the second straight season, Cape Fear Academy's Hayes Gilbert positioned himself as the leader of a Hurricanes squad that went 17-2 and claimed a second consecutive NCISAA state title this spring....

70 years after Brown v Board, Alabama town still grapples with divided schools

Montgomery Advertiser 28 May 2024
Join ProPublica for a virtual discussion of how private schools known as “segregation academies” in the Deep South continue to preserve divisions within communities even 70 years after Brown v ... His students also can get mental health care, special education services, bus services and free meals — which few area academies offer....

Boys Track State Finals: Rolling Meadows’ Heiber Wins 110-Meter Hurdles, Hersey Places 10th

Journal Online Chicago 28 May 2024
Stevenson’s Thomas Simmons (14.6) finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles to give the Journal-area two state medalists in the event ... While Hersey paced the field for the Journal-area, Loyola Academy wasn’t far behind, tying for 13th with Neuqua Valley after they both scored 17 points....

Weather puts a damper on outdoor activities during holiday weekend, some DNR officers say

Grand Forks Herald 28 May 2024
Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota and adjacent areas of northern Minnesota for Tuesday, May 28 ... District 1 - Baudette area ... CO Tony Hams (Warroad North) spent the week checking area anglers and responding to various complaints ... District 2 - Bemidji area ... District 4 - Walker area....

Local govts boosting specialty sectors

China Daily 28 May 2024
Their moves came after China released the No 1 Central Document in February, which stressed further efforts to build a modern industrial system in rural areas by developing specialty industries and cultivating famous brands ... It will advance the construction of major innovation platforms and encourage more high-tech talent to work in rural areas....

Researchers investigate changes in surface heat fluxes on sensitive areas for the slopes of Mt Everest

Phys Dot Org 28 May 2024
These changes increase the rate of warming and water scarcity in downstream areas ... "To reflect the nature of the energy exchange between land and atmosphere over the area's surface, a combination of satellite remote sensing or numerical modeling is required to extend the site observations in the region," explains Professor Li....

Florida charter school feud lands in court — again

Tampa Bay Times 28 May 2024
The big story. Plato Academy has a long history of serving children as one of the Tampa Bay area’s largest charter school groups ... What’s going on? Read more here. K-12 hot topics ... The Polk County school district will receive $115 million in impact fees to support construction of a new school in the fast growing Poinciana area, the Ledger reports ... St....

Foundation started in memory of Charleroi man

Observer-Reporter 27 May 2024
“We decided we wanted to start a foundation to assist with tuition to the police academy and to students from Charleroi Area High School who would fit into Glenn’s ideals of community involvement, athletics and helping other people,” said Eric Porter, the district judge in the Charleroi area....

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