105 years ago today - May 12, 1912

The Church Board of Education approves the "seminary near Granite High" in Salt Lake City. An innovation recommended by the Granite Stake presidency, this first LDS seminary opens the following September with seventy LDS high school students. Thomas J. Yates, an engineer, is the first teacher in what remains the church's only seminary during the next four years. In 1916 the church's second high school seminary opens in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. This grows into a released-time program wherever legal in the western states and into early morning seminary programs everywhere else (beginning September 1950 in California).

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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