The following is excerpted from the Church News. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

Hope, healing, progress and joy. These are words President Russell M. Nelson used to describe the process of change — change that we can experience because of Jesus Christ.

President Nelson proclaimed during the April 2021 general conference: “Because of the Savior’s Atonement, His gospel provides an invitation to keep changing, growing and becoming more pure. It is a gospel of hope, of healing and of progress. Thus, the gospel is a message of joy! Our spirits rejoice with every small step forward we take.”

The Children and Youth program encourages all to increase faith in Jesus Christ and become more like Him by progressing individually. This takes place as we learn the gospel of Jesus Christ, as we participate in service and activities, and as we develop personally. We follow the pattern of Jesus Christ as described in Luke 2:52 — growing as the Savior did — socially, spiritually, intellectually and physically.

Setting and achieving goals helps us progress and reach our potential. When you hear the word “goal” what comes to mind? Does it make you feel anxious or do you see it as an opportunity to progress?

Encouraging goals is not meant to overwhelm. Seeking to understand what Heavenly Father would like us to work on will increase our faith in and dependence on the Savior, Jesus Christ. This is something that many of our youth and adults are learning to do. We are all learning and progressing at different speeds, and that’s OK. 

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