Special Feature

Church Announcement
April 30, 2019
Special Feature
BYU Women's Conference and Church Announcement about Youth Programs
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BYU Women’s Conference begins May 2, 2019. Two sessions of the 2019 BYU Women's Conference will be live-streamed on the home page of Churchofjesuschrist.org on select Church social media channels in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Find more info here.

On April 29, 2019, the Church released the statement “Worldwide Children and Youth Initiative on Track for 2020.” Leaders are preparing Church members for a new initiative that will provide “personalized opportunities to grow spiritual, socially, physically, and intellectually through meaningful activities, service, gospel learning and inspired goal-setting.” This statement accompanies a change announced in March, when the Church announced, “Beginning January 2020, seminary students will study the same book of scripture used in the Church’s Come, Follow Me study outline for the year. This means that all Church members—including those enrolled in seminary classes—will study the Book of Mormon in 2020.” The new initiative will help teenagers draw closer to the Savior and to their families and will help them set personal goals and participate in group projects. 

We hope the following articles from BYU Studies Quarterly will help as Church members study how best to implement the changing program by reviewing the technological world we line in (by Tyler Johnson) and by learning the history of past initiatives and our ongoing goal to come unto Christ (by President Alvin R. Dyer).

“Reclaiming Reality: Doctoring and Discipleship in a Hyperconnected Age,” by Tyler Johnson
As our youth grow up in the digital age, they need to be aware of how technology changes us. The author—a husband, father, and medical oncologist—is an avid user of the latest technology, and yet he recognizes how it is changing him from the inside out. He describes “virtual doctoring,” which is reliance on the internet to stay abreast of the enormous, ever-changing body of medical literature. But he also worries that the internet in pulling him away from his patients. And the perils don’t just affect his doctoring. He worries that technology profoundly affects other aspects of his Christian discipleship. Studies show that the internet affects the way people interact with each other, the way they feel, and the way they think. The internet may be robbing an entire generation of its ability to think deeply, to feel deeply, and to develop meaningful personal relationships. Ironically, our hyperconnected world has rendered us less present, and the virtual world of limitless information can make us less able to identify truth. The author calls for us to reclaim a reality beyond virtual reality of a technological mirage. 

“Education: Moving Toward and Under the Law of Consecration,” by Alvin R. Dyer
President Alvin R. Dyer of the First Presidency said in this 1969 interview, “In order for us to more effectively teach the gospel to the members of the Church, we must first go to the home or the family. Where the gospel is effectively taught to children in the home, it serves as a background for all spiritual education.” He focuses on the role of the father in the home and the secondary role of teachers; he looks forward to the teaching that will occur in the Millennium.