The following reminders were sent in a notice to bishoprics, Young Women presidencies, and Aaronic Priesthood Quorum and Young Women Class Presidencies on December 20:
To help youth progress on the covenant path, we encourage bishoprics to do the following early in the year, preferably in January:
- Ordain all worthy young men turning 12, 14, and 16 to the appropriate priesthood office (see General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 220.127.116.11, ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
- Review the organization of Young Women classes with the Young Women presidency. Adjust as needed to meet the young women’s needs (see General Handbook, 11.1.3).
- As needed, call, set apart, and orient new quorum and class presidencies (see General Handbook, 10.4.1, 18.104.22.168). With help from adult leaders and advisers, make sure quorum and class presidencies receive the five leadership lessons in the Gospel Library (see “Helps for Presidencies” in the Youth audience collection).
- Issue temple recommends to worthy youth turning 12. Renew recommends for other worthy youth as needed. Encourage all youth to participate in temple ordinances where possible.
The bishopric and Young Women presidency should work with the ward clerk to make sure Church records are updated as needed.
We also encourage Aaronic Priesthood quorum and Young Women class presidencies and ward youth councils to prepare for For the Strength of Youth (FSY) conferences and begin organizing summer youth activities as local and Church health guidelines and circumstances allow. The stake youth leadership committee can help plan these activities.
These actions can significantly improve the faith, retention, and participation of youth, blessing both them and their families. We encourage bishoprics to work closely with the ward Young Women presidency and Aaronic Priesthood quorum and Young Women class presidencies to take these actions.