For the Strength of Youth
January 2024

“Connect,” For the Strength of Youth, Jan. 2024.


Nelina N.

12, Sofia, Bulgaria

young woman

Photograph by Christina Smith

There aren’t many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where I live. I had to wait for my father’s permission to be baptized, but I really wanted to. Every day, I prayed that he would let me.

One day he called and told me that I could be baptized! I was very excited! I knew my choice was going to help me follow in Christ’s footsteps.

As a new member of the Church, I really wanted to serve because I constantly saw other people serving. I prayed a lot that God would give me someone to serve. One night in a dream, I saw a woman on the subway who needed help after falling off her chair. Later, while my dad and I traveled on the subway, I saw a woman fall off her chair. It was the same woman from my dream! It was a sacred experience for me to be able to help her.