“Resources for Youth and Children,” Liahona, Feb. 2023.
Parents have the primary responsibility to teach their children about Jesus Christ and His gospel. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has organizations, programs, and other resources to help parents in their efforts. Together, parents, Church leaders, and friends can help all children and teens come unto Christ.
Primary is the Church’s organization for children ages 18 months to 11 years. In Primary, children learn about Jesus Christ and His gospel through lessons, music, and activities. Primary can help children feel God’s love for them.
In January of the year that children turn 12, they move from Primary to either Aaronic Priesthood quorums (for boys) or Young Women classes (for girls). In their quorums and classes, youth continue to strengthen their testimonies and serve others.
In His youth, Jesus Christ grew “in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52). The Children and Youth program helps young Church members follow Christ’s example. They learn and grow in all areas of their life—spiritually, socially, physically, and intellectually.
The Church magazine for children is the Friend magazine. For the Strength of Youth is the magazine for youth. These magazines include stories, teachings, and activities written specifically for children and teens.
For the Strength of Youth: A Guide for Making Choices teaches youth about gospel truths. It teaches them how to make decisions that will help them follow Jesus Christ. It also includes answers to questions youth may have about how to live the gospel.
The Gospel Library has many digital resources, including videos, music, scripture stories, and activities. It also includes resources to help parents and leaders teach gospel principles. These resources are found in the Gospel Library at ChurchofJesusChrist.org and in the Gospel Library app.
Beginning in the year they turn 14, youth are invited to attend For the Strength of Youth (FSY) conferences. These events include activities and classes that help strengthen faith in Jesus Christ and help youth grow spiritually, socially, physically, and intellectually.