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More than two hundred youth from across the Middle East and Africa North Area recently gathered for the first For the Strength of Youth conference in the region. The event was held January 25-29, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Similar conferences are held throughout the world to help young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ and get to know others their age.

“It’s a program that has been created to help the youth, not only to gain confidence in themselves, but be able to work well with others, to be able to be resourceful in life, to make choices, to make the right choices in life and to be able to be great leaders of the future,” said FSY counselor Phindile Mkhize.

Youth aged 14-18 came from several countries throughout the region, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, and Iraq. The theme of the event was “Trust in the Lord,” and the youth attended classes and workshops on topics like friendship and Christlike attributes. There was also a special surprise when Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles called in remotely to talk to the participants.

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