Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Committee Member

Dale G. Andersen

Number of Pages



The purpose of this research was to identify those factors that influence the decision of young, single, adult members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ages 18--30 to be involved or not in the institute program; For Institutes to be effective in their charge to involve all young, single adults it would be helpful to understand why potential Institute students do one of the following: (1) Enroll in and complete an institute class. (2) Enroll in and stop attending an institute class. (3) Do not enroll in an institute class; Because the Church Educational System was asked to involve all young, single, adults in the institute program, matriculated and non-matriculated students were included in the study; A survey was administered to a random sample of 225 people in the above categories. One hundred seventy-seven surveys were completed and returned. In addition, a personal interview was conducted with two individuals in each category; It was found that young adults who enrolled and completed an institute class wanted to study the scriptures, follow the counsel of the Prophet, balance secular and spiritual learning, and prepare for the future. They had strong personal religious beliefs and applied it in their lives. Those who enrolled in and stopped attending cited conflict with school or work, and lack of time as their reasons. This group were not as strong in their personal religious beliefs and practices. Over 45% of those who did not enroll listed work and time as their main reaSon Others listed lack of desire or interest. They were not as strong in their personal religious beliefs and practices; It is recommended that an extended schedule of classes would be one way to involve more students. Student leaders could keep in contact with those who stop attending and ecclesiastic leaders could invite and encourage each young, single adult to participate in the Institute program.


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Controlled Subject

Religious education

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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