In a letter dated August 1st, 2019 to church leaders, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the Youth Theme for 2020. The theme for the new Children and Youth Program will be 1 Nephi 3:7.
“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them”
Per the letter, Parents and leaders are encouraged to teach principles from the theme scripture at home and at church through the year. In addition, the topic can be used for sacrament meeting talks, as well as provide focus for youth activities. The theme will also be emphasized during the For The Strength of Youth Conferences. If you missed out on that announcement, check out Geoff and Kurt’s discussion of it here around the 20:40 mark.
For the Strength of Youth Conferences
For those unsure of what FSY is, FSY conferences are modeled after BYU’s Especially For Youth Program. Conferences like these have been offered for more than a decade outside of the United States. EFY sessions as we know them will be discontinued, so that BYU can help facilitate the FSY conferences. FSY conferences last 5 days and consist of activities similar to EFY, which are intended to help youth strengthen their conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Young single adults will be called as FSY counselors. This is not only great for the young single adults to be utilized more fully, but it can also be a relief for youth leaders who struggle to find time to support and attend all the summer youth activities.
Something of Interest
It is interesting to note that the letter announcing the them last year had the subject as “Mutual Theme for 2019”, and the one this year has “Youth Theme for 2020”. Let the conspiracy theories abound.
Look’s like me might be singing Nephi’s Courage a lot. Maybe they can mix it up a little, like this guy does, just to keep us on our toes.