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The 2023 youth theme is a brief 10 words from the Apostle Paul’s epistle in the New Testament to the Saints in Philippi — “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
“On the surface, we know what these words mean — but do we?” asked Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon. “Just like learning about trust last year, I hope we dive into this 2023 theme and learn what the Lord has to teach us.
“This will be a year for all of us to study and consider in depth what it looks like to draw upon the powers of Heaven. To have the Lord strengthen us. To come to depend upon that strength and recognize it for the divine help it is, and forever will be, through Christ.”
Young Men General President Steven J. Lund connected the 2023 youth theme to the new principle-based “For the Strength of Youth” guide released in October 2022. The guide focuses on Christ being the strength of youth.
“‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me’ — this is the need of our age, isn’t it? How often do we hear from youth, ‘I just don’t know what to do. I feel adrift. I don’t know how to find any moorings. I just need somebody to help me find my way’? And this is the way. …
“The need of our time, of our youth, is to find a better way forward. And that better way forward is defined by these principles,” President Lund said.
As youth and youth leaders kick off a new year of activities, camps, devotionals and For the Strength of Youth conferences, the Young Women and Young Men general presidencies offered some insights on the 2023 youth theme.
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