The National, Friday 16th December 2011
LATTER Day Saints Charities national country director Rob Snow says church programmes help youths to become more honest, tolerant and caring members of the community.
Snow said about 500 students throughout Papua New Guinea between the ages of 14 and 18 were enrolled in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints seminary and institute of religious programme.
He said this year 21 students graduated in Port Moresby, while 39 graduated throughout the country.
Students who complete four years of religious study received a graduation certificate and those successfully completing each year of study received a certificate of achievement.
He said the religious education programme was to help the youth understand and rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Snow said the programme did that by developing their knowledge of the Scriptures and helping students to become more Christ-like in the way that they thought and acted.
He said most students attending the seminars had expressed satisfaction, saying the programmes were uplifting and energising.
Snow said the programme reached 35,000 youths in different countries around the world.
It had been in place for over 60 years with positive results showing former graduates leading better lives.