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More than 400 teens assembled in San Diego last week to strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ. This was one of 212 For the Strength of Youth (FSY) conferences being held this summer for the first time in the United States and Canada.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors the five-day gathering. Youth come together to grow spiritually, socially, physically and intellectually through activities, devotionals and classes.

In 2022, a record 150,000 youth are expected to attend FSY worldwide.

The FSY conferences are based on the traditional Especially for Youth (EFY) model that Church-owned Brigham Young University has operated for more than 40 years. For more than 15 years, FSY was held outside the U.S. and Canada while EFY served the two North American countries.

However, as first announced in 2019, the Church is expanding FSY to youth in the U.S. and Canada and covering much of the cost of attendance. Areas outside the two countries will continue holding FSY conferences under the direction of Area Presidencies.

The change is meant to give more teens access to a youth conference experience under FSY. Youth are invited to attend up to two FSY sessions from the year they turn 14 until high school graduation.

For the U.S. and Canada, twice as many teenagers are attending FSY as attended EFY in previous years.

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