Wander over to the new youth website at youth.lds.org, and you'll find a bright, colorful and exciting place packed with videos, free music downloads and uplifting content. An iPhone app launched this month provides youths the ability to take faith-promoting content from the site on the go by downloading it to their mobile device.
The goal of the redesign is to give youths the opportunity to learn more about the gospel, hear the words of the prophet, share their beliefs, meet LDS youths from around the world and apply the gospel to their lives.
"On the youth website, young women can see that they aren’t alone in standing for truth and righteousness," Young Women General President Elaine S. Dalton said. "Here they can see examples of other youth who are living the standards in 'For the Strength of Youth' and making a difference in the world."
A hip site for youths wouldn't be complete without music and video downloads. The music section features songs from contemporary artists, seminary videos, original music and the potential for user-created music. The video section features Mormon Messages specifically for youths. Additional videos include selections from "For the Strength of Youth Media" and "From Every Nation." New content is added every week.
There is content for youth leaders and parents, too. Each standard listed in the "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet has its own Web page with supporting stories, examples, videos, talks from general authorities and answers to questions. It helps leaders and parents introduce youths to the site in a variety of creative ways.
"Because of this website, youth, parents and leaders can have the words of the prophets at their fingertips," said Elder Shayne M. Bowen of the Seventy and executive director for the site. "Here, youth can find messages tailored to them in videos, articles and music. Leaders and parents can find resources they can use in church classes, family home evening and other settings to help our youth learn the gospel and strengthen their testimonies."
Almost every bit of content on the site can be shared. By clicking on the share button found on many pages of the site, users can post right to their Facebook or Twitter account and share an encouraging message with friends and family. With an LDS account, youths can share experiences and testimonies or ask gospel questions.
"The website also makes it easy for them to share the articles and videos with their friends, and it allows them to share their experiences," General Young Men President David L. Beck said.
Ryan Morgenegg is a multimedia specialist for the Deseret News.