President Thomas S. Monson has said of institute, “Friends will be made, the Spirit will be felt, and faith will be strengthened” (“Make Institute a Priority,” institute.lds.org). Students preparing to enter institute may want to consider applying these ideas to have a great institute experience.
Think about why you are planning to attend institute. Consider why parents, priesthood leaders, and the prophet strongly encourage you to attend institute and receive the promised blessings that come along with it. President Thomas S. Monson has promised, “As you participate in institute and study the scriptures diligently, your power to avoid temptation and to receive direction of the Holy Ghost in all you do will be increased” (“Make Institute a Priority,” institute.lds.org).
We encourage you to begin a habit of daily scripture study before you start seminary. President Howard W. Hunter said, “When we… read and study the scriptures, benefits and blessings of many kinds come to us. This is the most profitable of all study in which we could engage” (“Reading the Scriptures,” Ensign, Nov. 1979, 64).
If you are already attending institute, you may want to consider trying these ideas, if you have not already.
Try not to let studies, school activities, or work push institute aside. Do your best to make time for institute no matter what is going on in your life. “Students, if your values are in place, you will not hesitate to forego an elective class that may decorate your life in favor of instruction which can hold together the very foundation of it” (“Boyd K. Packer, “Agency and Control,” Ensign, May 1983, 67).
Make an effort to participate in institute activities as well as personal scripture study and journal writing throughout the year. “Of all treasures of knowledge, the most vital is the knowledge of God” (Spencer W. Kimball, in Conference Report, Oct. 1968,129).
Enjoy institute! Invite your friends to attend with you, and get to know your teacher and your peers in the class. “We do not hesitate to promise that your knowledge of the gospel will be increased, your faith will be strengthened, and you will develop wonderful associations and friendships” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Miracle Made Possible by Faith,” Ensign, may 1984,47).