The following was written by Dean and Kathleen Hughes for the Deseret News. To read the full report, click here

Arabic-speaking members from the Middle East participated for the first time ever in a young single adult conference earlier this year. The gathering was held in Beirut, Lebanon, a nation with a large Christian population and a tradition of religious pluralism. Sixteen young adults from the region wore T-shirts bearing a logo that expressed the theme of the conference: “I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within you” (Ezekiel 11:19).

The young adults attending the conference included a new member, a man soon to be baptized, two returned missionaries, one young man about to submit his missionary papers, a very young branch president and members from two districts in the Middle East.

The young single adults conducted their own meetings, led discussions and workshops, visited local sites of interest, carried out a service project and spent free time mingling. At the conclusion of the conference, during a testimony meeting, many expressed thankfulness for their new sense of unity and strength and for their individual spiritual growth.

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