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Plans have been announced to expand a youth conference program for Latter-day Saint youth around the world. The international For the Strength of Youth (FSY) program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been operating outside the United States for more than a decade under the direction of area presidencies and area leaders.
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In 2020, young men and young women in selected stakes in the United States and Canada will have an opportunity to experience the FSY program, designed to help strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ. (For a list of selected stakes, see the notice “For the Strength of Youth Conferences in the United States and Canada,” July 19, 2019.) Congregations selected to participate in the expanded program next year are being asked to not schedule any other youth conference or trek experiences.
The Church will sponsor FSY conferences in all stakes in the U.S. and Canada every other year. The FSY conferences will include more than 200 sessions each year, starting in 2021 and 2022. Young, single adults will have an opportunity to volunteer as FSY counselors.
Beginning the year they turn 14, Latter-day Saint youth are eligible to participate in the five-day youth conferences until they graduate from high school.
The expansion is part of the Church’s new worldwide initiative for children and youth that will replace existing activity programs beginning in January 2020. Youth participating in the FSY program will experience activities, devotionals, and classes designed to provide opportunities to grow spiritually, socially, physically, and intellectually.
The FSY conferences are based on the traditional Especially For Youth (EFY) model that has been operated by Church-owned Brigham Young University for more than 40 years.
BYU will offer administrative support and training for local congregations participating in the expanded program. EFY’s Special Edition and Express sessions will not be affected. Area Church leaders outside the U.S. and Canada will continue to schedule and hold FSY conferences as they have in the past.
Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will provide additional details about the FSY program during a Face to Face broadcast scheduled for November 17.
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:—Acts 10:34
Small, steady, incremental spiritual improvements are the steps the Lord would have us take. Preparing to walk guiltless before God is one of the primary purposes of mortality and the pursuit of a lifetime; it does not result from sporadic spurts of intense spiritual activity. —David A. Bednar
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This Day in LDS History
1849: Addison Pratt receives the first endowment given in the Salt Lake Valley. The sacred ordinances are performed on Ensign Peak. 1879: Elder Joseph Standing, a missionary laboring in Georgia, is shot and killed by an anti-Mormon mob. This is the first murder of a Latter-day Saint missionary since the death of Parley P. Pratt in 1857 and marks the beginning of a period of violence against missionaries in the South. 1935: President Heber J. Grant dedicates Torlief Knaphus’s Angel Moroni Monument at the top of the Hill Cumorah. 1954: The First Presidency announces plans to build the Church College of Hawaii, later known as BYU-Hawaii.
O Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul? Wilt thou deliver me out of the hands of mine enemies? Wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of sin?—2 Nephi 4:31
We can trust the Lord. He never forgets any of us or any of our needs. Sometimes we do not get what we ask for. Then we must stop and think for a minute: maybe we are not supposed to get what we think we need. Even if our desires are just, maybe it’s not the right time in our life or maybe it’s never going to be the right time in this mortal life. We need to totally trust in the Lord, put ourselves in His hands, and accept our lot in life. —Cinzia Donatelli Noble
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This Day in LDS History
1833: Several hundred Jackson County citizens meet and demand that the Saints leave the county. A mob destroys the Church’s printing press, which was being used to publish Joseph Smith’s revelations, and tars and feathers Bishop Edward Partridge and Charles Allen. 1951: Because the Korean War reduces the number of young elders available to serve as full-time missionaries, the First Presidency issues a call for seventies to help with missionary work. 1985: One hundred thousand people attend a Church dance festival at the Rose Bowl in southern California. 1995: The Presbyterian General Assembly of the United States adopts a resolution that the Church is “a new emerging religion that expresses allegiance to Jesus Christ in terms used within the Christian tradition.” Although it rejects the Church’s claim as the only true church, the document does much to heal wounds.
For he that receiveth my servants receiveth me.—Doctrine & Covenants 84:36
I say to you, and to the whole Church, and, for that matter, to the whole world, that a gracious and loving Father has in these last days spoken again from heaven to his servants the prophets.—Joseph Fielding Smith
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This Day in LDS History
1837: Heber C. Kimball and six others arrived in Liverpool, England, on the first overseas mission. 1876: Joseph Fielding Smith, tenth President of the Church, is born in Salt Lake City. 1975: The Church and its Bonneville Productions receive national advertising award (“Clio”) for its “Homefront” advertising on television.
In a new 13-minute video from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Alissa and Robbie Parker discuss the hidden miracles they experienced after the unimaginable tragedy of losing their six-year-old daughter Emilie in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.
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Alissa and Robbie have spoken through the years on Emilie’s life and what they’ve learned from the loss and healing process, which culminated in a book, An Unseen Angel: A Mother’s Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing After Sandy Hook. You can learn more about it here.
In an article for Desert News, new resources regarding the Church’s new youth program were announced. No official statement, outside of a letter sent to Church leaders, has been provided.
Two introductory guides are now available, one for parents and leaders and one for youth. The program name is “Children and Youth” and is “a higher, holier way to encourage the rising generation to follow Jesus Christ and apply His gospel in all areas of their lives.”
As part of the new program, it has been confirmed the Personal Progress, Faith in God, Duty to God, and Scouting programs will all be discontinued. Youth have until December 31 to complete the retiring programs, if they choose. The new focus will be on home-centered experiences and conversations supported by church activities and relationships. Three main areas will be focused on:
Gospel learning that inspires personal commitment.
Service and activities that edify body and spirit.
Personal development that produces fulfilling growth.
In conjunction, the program will especially help youth develop all areas of their lives through Jesus Christ as categorized by four sections: spiritual, physical, social, and intellectual. Youth are invited to talk with their family and leaders on how they are growing in those four areas and things they can continue to do.
The entirety of the new program will be presented in a special fireside broadcast on September 29, 2019. An exclusive Face to Face event specifically for children and youth about the program will be on November 17, 2019. The official program is anticipated to be fully integrated in March 2020.
And inasmuch as my people build a house unto me in the name of the Lord, and do not suffer any unclean thing to come into it, that it be not defiled, my glory shall rest upon it.—Doctrine & Covenants 97:15
May we remember always, as we [visit and work in these glorious temples], that the veil may become very thin between this world and the spirit world. I know this is true. —Ezra Taft Benson
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This Day in LDS History
1814: William Clayton, later secretary to Joseph Smith and hymn composer (“Come, Come, Ye Saints”), is born in Penwortham, England. 1833: A number of prominent men in Independence, Missouri, prepare the “Secret Constitution,” in which they state their accusations against the Mormons. The Saints later refer to it as the “Manifesto of the Mob.” 1973: The North Carolina Mission is organized. 1993: The first meetinghouse in Swaziland is dedicated.
And Alma and his people did not raise their voices to the Lord their God, but did pour out their hearts to him; and he did know the thoughts of their hearts.—Mosiah 24:12
The result of sacrificing our heart, or our will, to the Lord is that we receive the spiritual guidance we need.—Neill F. Marriott
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This Day in LDS History
1814: William Clayton, later secretary to Joseph Smith and hymn composer (“Come, Come, Ye Saints”), is born in Penwortham, England. 1894: U.S. President Grover Cleveland signs the Utah Statehood Bill, authorizing Utah to hold a constitutional convention.
1956: Lloyd D. Newell, later the voice for Music and the Spoken Word, is born in Provo, Utah. 1992: U.S. President George Bush meets with the First Presidency and members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and in the evening makes a surprise appearance at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s concert on Temple Square.
Over the years, many Latter-day Saint temples have experienced changes or renovations. In the case of the earliest temples, seeing the landscape change around it is also fascinating. Here are seven “then and now” photos of temples around the world.
The Salt Lake City Temple began construction in 1853 with the groundbreaking ceremony and was officially dedicated on April 6, 1893. In early 2019, it was announced the temple would close for a period of four years for major structural renovations to the temple itself and the surrounding grounds.
The Provo Tabernacle was a popular site for both religious and community events. It was dedicated on April 17, 1898, with a minor update for electrical and heating systems taking place in 1964. On December 17, 2010, the Tabernacle caught fire and was entirely gutted on the inside. In 2011, President Thomas S. Monson announced it would be rebuilt as the second temple in the city of Provo. The Provo City Center was dedicated on March 20, 2016.
The Apia Samoa Temple was the first temple built in Samoa and the third in Polynesia. It was dedicated on August 5, 1983. However, a fire destroyed the temple on July 9, 2003, while the temple was closed for renovations. The cause of the fire is still unknown. The angel Moroni statue on the new temple, which was rededicated on September 4, 2005, is the original statue that survived the fire.
Announced in October 2008, the Rome Italy Temple became one of the most talked-about temples in recent memory due to its historic location. It took 11 years for the temple to be built from that first announcement, but the structure was finally dedicated on March 10, 2019. The dedication was the first time in history the entire senior leadership of the Church was gathered in one location outside of the United States.
The Kirtland Temple located in Kirtland, Ohio, was the first temple built in this dispensation. It was dedicated on March 27, 1836, by Joseph Smith. After the Saints left Kirtland, the temple passed through multiple hands, mostly splintered factions of the Church. The temple is now owned by the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). It is a historical landmark and in many ways miraculously preserved through the years.
The Ogden Utah Temple was the first temple built with the film presentation of the endowment in mind. The modern design with a single spire was done in a “no-nonsense” period of architecture for the Church and has a “twin” temple in the Provo Utah Temple. In 2010, the Church announced it would significantly remodel both the interior and exterior of the temple. The completely new design featured updated systems, energy-saving equipment, and a more functional layout. The temple was rededicated on September 21, 2014.
The Nauvoo Illinois Temple was the second temple of the Church, but the first built with the revealed ordinances of the endowment in mind. Construction began in 1841 and was only half-completed when Joseph Smith was martyred in 1844. The temple was formally dedicated in a private ceremony on April 30, 1846. By September, all of the Saints had been driven from the city by mobs and the temple was vandalized almost immediately after. A fire in October 1848 destroyed the temple. After acquiring the temple lot bit by bit, the Church announced it would rebuild the temple in 1999 with the exterior being a replica of the original. The temple was dedicated on June 27, 2002.
I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.—Revelation 2:19
It takes great love to feel the needs of someone else more than your own. That is the pure love of Christ for the person you nurture. That feeling of charity comes from the person chosen to be the nurturer having qualified for the effects of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.—Henry B. Eyring
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This Day in LDS History
1846: Ezra T. Benson is ordained an Apostle at Council Bluffs, Iowa, replacing John E. Page, who had apostatized. 1852: The first branch in Norway is organized in Osterrisor. 1988: A monument commemorating the Mormon Battalion is dedicated near Council Bluffs, Iowa; another monument honoring the Latter-day Saint pioneers who established Nebraska’s first community is dedicated in Florence, Nebraska. 1995: The International Olympic Committee votes to hold the 2002 winter games in Salt Lake City.