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Recognizing that he is preparing for the day when he will be required to give an accounting to the Lord about his stewardship as God’s prophet upon the earth, President Nelson said he did not want to report at that time that he was not more clear or bold with the youth about their part in the gathering of Israel.

“So now, I am inviting every young woman and every young man between the ages of 12 and 18 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to enlist in the youth battalion of the Lord to help gather Israel.”

President Nelson offered five specific things for youth to do — that will change them and help change the world — as they enlist in the Lord’s youth battalion to gather Israel.

1. Disengage from a constant reliance on social media. President Nelson invited the youth of the Church to hold a seven-day fast from social media to decrease its worldly influence upon them.

“I acknowledge that there are positives about social media,” President Nelson said. “But if you are paying more attention to feeds from social media than you are to the whisperings of the Spirit, then you are putting yourself at spiritual risk, as well as the risk of experiencing intense loneliness and depression.”

The prophet warned of the “false reality” often portrayed online, where every post includes a person’s most fun, adventurous and exciting pictures, which creates the erroneous impression that everyone else has a fun, adventurous and exciting life.

“Much of what appears in your various social media feeds is distorted, if not fake,” he said. “So, give yourself a seven-day break from fake.”

2. Make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord, for three weeks in a row.

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