Fireside speakers in three Utah locations encouraged seminary youths to stay morally clean, make righteous decisions, and study the scriptures.
The Sept. 11 firesides were organized by the Utah South Area Presidency to encourage and strengthen seminary students as the new school year begins.Elder L. Tom Perry of the Council of the Twelve addressed students who gathered in BYU's Marriott Center in Provo. Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone of the First Quorum of the Seventy and president of the Utah South Area was the keynote speaker at a meeting in the Dixie College Center in St. George. Elder Paul H. Dunn of the First Quorum of the Seventy and first counselor in the Utah South Area addressed two separate meetings in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.
Also addressing the firesides were members of the Young Women general Presidency. Pres. Ardeth G. Kapp participated in the Provo fireside; her first counselor, Jayne B. Malan addressed the St. George gathering, and her second counselor, Elaine L. Jack delivered messages in the two Salt Lake City meetings.
Elder Perry, in the Provo meeting, urged seminary students to establish the goal now to be morally clean. "We challenge you tonight that when opposition comes, be strong enough to resist the temptation," Elder Perry said.
Pres. Kapp said many things in life are important, but few are essential. "The essential thing is for us to come to know Jesus Christ and follow Him."
In St. George, Elder Featherstone issued a challenge. "This night I challenge you to come with me to the street which is called `straight' ," he said. "Put on your armor, helmet, buckler and shield. Come armed with your sword of truth. The battle is real, the opposing forces await."
Sister Malan asked the young women in the audience to stand up and recite the Young Women theme. She then applied the theme to both young men and women and encouraged them to help each other in their goal of returning to Heavenly Father.
In the Tabernacle, Elder Dunn counseled the young people to learn and understand the commandments, the Articles of Faith, the Beatitudes, and the Word of Wisdom.
Sister Jack spoke of making choices and encouraged those in attendance to decide what they were committed to and base their decisions on that commitment.
Elder Dunn and Sister Jack were joined in the Tabernacle by Alan, Wayne, and Merrill Osmond. The Osmond brothers sang and bore their testimonies. Four of Alan's sons, ages 6-10, also sang.
This is the second year the seminary firesides have been held.