Zach Olson, stake young men president in the Salem Utah West Stake, knows the benefits of these actions.

“The youth need to know that the Church is not closed because of the pandemic,” he said. “There is still much to do.”

Three young women enjoy an outdoor activity. Youth general leaders say January is an ideal time to plan 2021 activities.2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Olson explained the difference that youth presidency meetings and the leadership lessons in Gospel Library can make.

“Last fall we were concerned that the youth had kind of checked out because of COVID-19. We encouraged the youth presidencies to meet weekly for five weeks and review one of the leadership lessons each week. It kick-started them.”

Youth in the stake reported an increase of unity, ministering, better organization of activities and joy. “Of course, there were some things they could not do,” said Brother Olson, “but there were also lots of things they could, and did, do.”

President Lund added that general youth leaders would like what happened in the Salem Utah West Stake to be happening in stakes all across the world — and January is the key.

“For the youth and their leaders, January age-progression is good news,” said President Cordon, “It will keep the youth strong, focused and moving forward joyfully.”