The objective of the Institute classes is to help Young Single Adults (YSA) 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.
This year the course of study is the Old Testament.We teach Institute classes in Spanish in East Brunswick, Union City, Eatontown and Plainfield, New Jersey.
We are getting to know the young people after a few sessions and they are marvelous. So full of energy and a zest for life and a desire to do the right thing, make the right choices and be of service to others. Many of them only recently came to the United States and even more recently have joined the Church. They are hungry for information. It is a joy to teach them!
The classes are generally in the evening beginning around 7 or 8 pm and last for about 70 minutes. After class we have snacks or refreshments and some time (about an hour) for socializing and games.
Worldwide, the enrollment in LDS Institute classes is about 350,000 in over 2,500 locations. In addition, more than 50,000 students are enrolled in Church universities. Many of the classes are taught by full-time missionaries like us, others are taught by local (New Jersey) members or the CES professional staff members. The later are more likely to be assigned to universities where the Church has built an Institute building.
We see ourselves as contributing in some small way to the future of the Church. We can see many of these young people as leaders and positive role models for others.