The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first launched Children and Youth — a program focused on faith in Christ and personal development — in January of 2020. Soon after, the pandemic forced changes and accommodations to Church programs around the world.
A special broadcast on June 6 will provide parents and leaders with useful resources as they begin to reintegrate children and youth activities where appropriate.
President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and General Officers will talk about opportunities to bless youth and children as areas come out of the pandemic.“We hope this broadcast will revitalize parents’ and leaders’ efforts to bless our young people as they begin to reengage in normal activities.” —Elder Michael T. Ringwood of the Seventy
“One of our highest priorities continues to be strengthening the rising generation’s faith in Jesus Christ, and helping children, youth and their families progress along the covenant path as they meet life’s challenges,” said Elder Michael T. Ringwood, a General Authority Seventy with assignments over youth and children programs. “As the world begins to slowly emerge from pandemic restrictions, we hope this broadcast will revitalize parents’ and leaders’ efforts to bless our young people as they begin to reengage in normal activities.”
Youth quorum and class presidencies and parents and leaders of youth and children are invited to participate in this presentation.
The broadcast and training segments will be useful resources for parents and leaders as they begin to reintegrate children and youth activities.
How to Watch
The one-hour presentation, as well as segments for specific audiences, will be available at ChildrenandYouth.ChurchofJesusChrist.org and on Gospel Library. The presentation will include practical ideas for engaging in the Children and Youth program as families and in wards. It can be used in families, ward and stake councils, stake youth leadership committees, ward youth councils, Aaronic Priesthood quorum and Young Women class presidency meetings, and other settings.
On Sunday, June 6, 2021, the presentation will be available in English and American Sign Language beginning at 4:00 p.m. mountain daylight time.
Beginning June 18 at midnight mountain daylight time, the presentation will be available in Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Area presidencies will counsel with Area Seventies and stake leaders to determine and publicize a date and time to watch the presentation and launch the instructional segments in their area.
Learn More About Children and Youth
The Children and Youth program— which replaced Personal Progress, Scouting, Duty to God, Faith in God and other Church programs for children and youth in January 2020 — is designed to help the rising generation strengthen faith in Jesus Christ through gospel learning, personal development and service and activities.
An introductory video outlining the vision and principles of the new initiative was shared with wards and branches on September 29, 2019. Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and general officers explained additional details during a Face to Face eventon November 17, 2019.
In a Face to Face event on February 23, 2020, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife, Sister Kristen Oaks, taught children, youth, parents and leaders about effective goal-setting and how to utilize personal revelation.