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President Russell M. Nelson recently issued special, personal invitations to both youth and young adults throughout the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In two videos released globally — one to youth and the other to young adults — President Nelson promised this invitation would help them solve problems in their lives, make decisions and find answers to their questions. It will also help them feel a sense of belonging, increase their faith in Jesus Christ, and find guidance and direction from the Holy Ghost in their lives.

His invitation? To regularly attend and participate in seminary and institute.

In both videos, the Prophet expresses his “deep love” for them and offers his assurance that participation in the Church’s two religious education programs — seminary, the four-year program for youth ages 14-18, and institute, for young adults 18-30 — can be life-changing.

To the youth, he said, “Seminary will help you to know your Savior Jesus Christ and deepen your conversion to Him and to His restored gospel. What else can happen? In seminary, you can begin to learn how to receive personal revelation — and what a difference that will make in your life. … Your desire to be an active part of the Lord’s youth battalion to gather Israel will increase. You will take responsibility for strengthening your own testimony, and your faith can become rock solid.”

In addressing the young adults, President Nelson promised that “attending institute will help you to live the gospel and to feel more joy right now. If you want to know the truth about who you really are, attend institute. If you want to know the purpose of life, attend institute. If you are to stay on the covenant path, attend the institute. If you want to learn how to let God prevail in your life, attend institute. If you want to be a peacemaker, attend institute.”

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