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Thousands of young people 14 to 17 years old from the Dominican Republic and 27 other Caribbean countries will meet through a virtual conference called For the Strength of Youth to be held from June 22 to 26 under the auspices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The initiative responds to the need to provide interaction spaces for young people with Christian or related values ​​in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions that most countries in the region maintain for public meetings of a religious nature.

For the first time since the organization of the Church in the country in 1978, young Latter-day Saints (commonly known as Mormons) will have the opportunity to virtually share with thousands of young people from other cultures with the help of technology. This may be a harbinger of the impact of the pandemic and the changes that could take place in the near future regarding how young Christians participate in their congregational meetings within the “new normal”.

“We are very pleased to celebrate this great online conference with so many young people from various nations in the region, sharing in a healthy and fun environment their talents, worries, concerns and at the same time receiving instruction to be more successful and happy as they prepare for the life as adults in the near future, ” said Elder Jorge M. Alvarado of the Church presidency in the Caribbean region.

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