Sounds like a heart-warming event, but they would have done much better to
follow the simple pattern set forth in the Bible and the Book of Mormon rather
than have a theatrical event: preach the word. The conference will have a
short-term affect on their behavior but it will not bring about a mighty change
of heart.“They were encouraged to pray many times per
day..." Good. But the rest is prideful flattery. We cannot save ourselves.
That is the problem. That is why Christ came. We must instead "rely wholly
on the merits of Christ," not on ourselves (Moroni 6:4; 2 Ne 31:19). The
world cannot reach its full potential before Christ comes, only after he comes.
The Lord does not have "increased expectations" of modern youth. He
expects the same that he has commanded from the beginning: that we be perfected
IN Him, not with Him, whatever the latter means. Upon trying to perfect
ourselves, we learn immediately that we do not have the power, therefore we must
rely wholly on Him. Then we will be able to produce works of righteousness and
partake of the fruit of the tree of life. See Moroni 10:32-33; and John 15.
These youth were so engaged in this conference. To hear of their experiences
was so touching. When you invite the light of Christ into your life you
can't help but feel his love.
Those who say that “the generations keep getting progressively
worse” need to recall what their own youth was like. We had those, even in
my high school years of the ‘50’s, that had their share of good vs.
evil decisions to make. And many of our adult mentors went through the
“Roaring Twenties”, their parents through the gaslight days of the
1890’s, and so forth. The truth of the matter is, every age has its
maturation challenges, and many come out relatively unscathed. We need to
encourage our youth; they are the hope of the future.
Wow! This sounds just fantastic. I hope that the plan that was used for this
event will be circulated and other stakes around the Church will do the same
thing. I would love to attend such an event. It sounds absolutely
What a beautiful expression of love by the adults for these youth, and by these
youth for each other! The Gospel truths are life-changing.