“2006 Mutual Theme Encourages Youth to ‘Arise and Shine Forth’” Ensign, Nov. 2005, 128
The 2006 Mutual theme for young men and women around the world is “Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations” (D&C 115:5).
“We are grateful for valiant youth who show their love for the Savior by letting His light shine forth in their lives,” says a statement released by the Young Men and Young Women general presidencies.
Youth leaders are encouraged to emphasize the theme during Mutual and other youth activities. The theme can also be used for youth talks and thoughts and can provide focus to activities such as dance and music festivals, youth conferences, and camps.
The Young Men and Young Women general presidencies expressed the hope that the youth and their leaders will build on their experiences in 2005 celebrating the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Restoration.
“With testimonies of the restored gospel vibrant and strong, we can now share our feelings, our experiences, and our talents with the world,” the statement from the general presidencies said. “What a glorious responsibility it is to be shining examples—to share our testimonies of the Restoration by living gospel standards and serving others.”
Youth can use the 2006 theme to explore ways to give service, share the gospel, and live gospel standards as outlined in For the Strength of Youth.
“We bear testimony that the Lord loves you and needs you to help build His kingdom,” the statement said. “You can be a light that dispels darkness, revealing by your example the path to celestial glory in the kingdom of God. ‘Arise and shine forth,’ that the Spirit of the Lord may continue to bear witness of the Restoration of the gospel through you.”