The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced a new initiative – a home-centered, Church supported effort – which impacts the children and youth of the Church in the greater Chattanooga area, and elsewhere. The theme of the initiative is “Go and Do” – taken from the scriptures in which Nephi says, “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded” (1 Nephi 3:7).
The new effort will help young people “follow the Savior as they grow spiritually, socially, physically, and intellectually” through “activities, service, gospel learning, and goal-setting,” officials said. It will also help them “build faith in Jesus Christ, build character and resilience, develop life skills, and fulfill their divine roles as daughters and sons of God.” The initiative will replace existing youth programs within the Church and is for children and youth ages 8-18.
“Millions of children and youth throughout the world will have access to this new initiative and we are excited to be a part of this global movement, especially in the greater Chattanooga area,” local officials said. Not long ago, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a video entitled, Because of Him, in which it states, ‘The love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ is the antidote for every negative aspect of our lives. Because of Him, we can overcome sadness, despair, anxiety, hatred – and someday, even death.’”
“Christ makes whole, and His message to Go and Do – to love one another – never becomes outdated. What a wonderful theme to reemphasize in 2020 for youth and children everywhere because Christ’s message is, always has been, and always will be a message ‘of good tidings of great joy…of peace, good will to all people” (Luke 2:10, 14).
More details about the 2020 theme will be shared at ChurchofJesusChrist.org as the implementation date approaches.