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In about 19 months, the Church will be implementing a new, global initiative for children and youth designed to help them discover their eternal identity, develop character and life skills, and “fulfill their divine roles as daughters and sons of God.”

A lot can happen in 19 months.

Not convinced?

  • Nineteen months is about eight times as long as Columbus’ voyage to America and nine times as long as the Mayflower’s journey.
  • Nineteen months is five-and-a-half times as long as the Spanish-American War.
  • Child development experts say a 19-month-old toddler can usually use a spoon and fork, and may even be able to run unaided and wash and dry his or her hands.
  • And 19 months is about 30 days longer than a sister missionary’s typical length of service.

History has proven much can happen in 19 months—and Church leaders hope the time leading up to the historic youth initiative will be, well, time well spent.

Keep moving forward

In the days following the initiative announcement, the leaders of the Primary, Young Women and Young Men general presidencies are sounding a unified call: Keep moving forward.

“As young women, we follow the Savior Jesus Christ,” said Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President, ”and since we are all in, right now, Personal Progress is what we are all doing so that we stay progressing on the covenant path.”

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