In case you missed the Children and Youth orientation meeting during the class hour on Sunday, here’s a summary:
In an introduction by President Russell M. Nelson, he said, “This effort has been designed especially for you and your generation.”
“Over the years, the Church has provided a variety of efforts to help children and youth. We would not be where we are today without them. Now the time has come for a new approach, designed to help today’s children and youth throughout the world. Instead of giving you many specific assignments, we are inviting you to counsel with the Lord about how you can grow in a balanced way. It will be rewarding and fun. But it will also take some effort on your part. You will need to seek personal revelation. You will need to choose for yourself how to act on it. Sometimes the Spirit may prompt you to do things that are difficult. I think you are up to the challenge. You can do hard things.”
The vision statement of the program is to “Strengthen the rising generation’s faith in Jesus Christ, and help children, youth, and their families progress along the covenant path as they meet life’s challenges.”
This new approach is intended to help all girls and boys, young women, and young men discover their eternal identity, build character and resilience, develop life skills, serve others, and fulfill their divine roles as daughters and sons of God. This initiative is designed to be personalized and customized to each individual, encouraging personal revelation, fostering healthy relationships through fun service and learning activities, and inviting each individual to increase her or his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Printed materials are available from your ward or they can be found online:
Watch the broadcast from September 29.
More information about this new program will be presented at a Q&A Face to Face event with Elder Gerrit W. Gong on November 17.
Below are pages from the introductory booklet used in the September 29 meeting that summarize the elements of the new program: