Teens (12 - 18 years)
Youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are like many other young people around the world. They go to movies, participate in sports, watch videos, text their friends, study for school, attend church and play musical instruments.
They also are given opportunities to look outside themselves and consider the needs of others such as their family, friends and neighbors — to
...be a source of support for life’s challenges just as Jesus Christ showed with His example while on the earth.
Girls camp is a summertime highlight for many young women in the Church. For most of a week in the mountains, the desert, on beaches and other locations, they enjoy activities that refine their outdoor skills and strengthen them spiritually to stay firmly connected to the values in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Church of Jesus Christ boys and girls also participate together for three to four days each year in an activity called “youth conference.” Teenage members in all parts of the world use their school vacation time to join in educational workshops, cultural presentations, service activities, dance festivals and spiritual discussions. At these summer conferences, young men and young women connect to learn more about each other and the beliefs they share.
Boy Scouts in the Church in many countries work hard on earning merit badges, achieving the typical ranks from Tenderfoot to Eagle and going on high adventure trips. They climb mountains, test their outdoor skills and endure the rainy, snowy and hot weather. They return home from a 50-mile hike dirty but happy for accomplishing something they weren't sure they could.
In addition to Sunday worship and the weekly and summertime activities, Latter-day Saint youth between the ages of 14 through 18 enroll in seminary. Before the school year begins, youth sign up for daily gospel instruction during early-morning seminary.
The purpose of seminary is to help youth understand and rely on the teachings and Atonement of Jesus Christ, qualify for the blessings of the temple and prepare themselves, their families and others for eternal life with their Father in Heaven.
"From age three I was singing the song, “I am a Child of God”. How could a small child understand that there was something about her—something about everyone—that makes them matter. I do not think that I would have such a deep understanding of the world and my role in it if I did not learn and practice it in my religion. It is because I know that there is a God, and he loves me, that I know that my life has a purpose, and it is my job to make it meaningful to me, Him, and everyone I meet. "
Rebecca (age: 16)
In today's world, the life I love to live is much different than teenagers around me. I dress differently, I talk differently, and I act differently.
When others are wearing revealing clothing, I choose to cover my body up. When others are swearing, I choose to use uplifting and positive speech. When others choose to go to parties and drink, I choose to have good, clean fun without doing anything that would hurt my body. The reason for this is because I hold high standards to please The Lord and to stand as a witness
of Christ at all times, in all things, and in all places. I dedicate not only three hours of church service on Sunday and keeping the Sabbath, but I also dedicate every day that I live to God. I go to early morning religious study before school every day and attend youth group and mission prep on
Wednesday nights. The gospel of Jesus Christ is what I love and I only want to learn more and share it to everyone around me!