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With joy and many expectations exceeded, the For The Strength of Youth Conference (FSY), organized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Caribbean Area, concluded with a musical program and a devotional with Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church closed the week-long event. The event was held virtually July 26-30.

More than 3,000 young people from 27 Caribbean countries, organized into companies, actively participated during these five days in each activity, which were broadcast in Spanish, English, and French. The event was aimed at giving young people between the ages of 14 and 17, members and non-members of the Church, opportunities to experience spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development.

Within the framework of the event, the participants were able to set goals, in addition to attending sessions on: “How to stay on the covenant path, develop Christlike attributes, share the gospel, build spiritual habits, self-discipline,” among others. Other teachings focused on the role of youth in Heavenly Father’s plan, in addition to the importance of parents in the advancement of youth on earth.

At the end of the event, many participants could not hide their rejoicing and joy for the experience. Such was the case of Arianna Torres Lugo, a Puerto Rican, who stated that “everything I learned was impressive,” and said she was grateful for the opportunity she had to participate in the musical program and for being able to see her sister in her first FSY.

Finlandia Larimar Fernández, a Dominican counselor, referring to the conference said: “It helped me to remember who I am, why I am here, and where I want to go after this life. I loved the spirit that I felt this week.” Likewise, she valued the teamwork, the camaraderie, the eternal friendships created, and the love of the directing couple and the counselors.

Two activities that received many comments and were highlighted by the young participants were the musical program, where the young people exhibited their artistic talents with dances, songs, painting, testimonies and interpretations with various musical instruments, such as piano, violin, flute and guitar, and the special devotional by Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles which closed the event.

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