In an effort to encourage young adults of the Church and friends to join with others around the world in sharing positive messages on social media, the Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults scheduled for Jan. 14 will look a little different than the broadcasts of the past.
With the scheduled hosts being President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, the event will include activities and social media sharing before the main event as well as refreshments after the devotional.
What is expected to be the largest worldwide event of its type in Church history, the evening’s events will encourage young adults age 18-30 to “flood the earth” by “sharing goodness” — as Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has taught — through positive social media messages.
For local young adults living in Utah along the Wasatch Front (between Logan and Payson), Church leaders have extended the invitation to join together on Temple Square before attending the devotional in the Conference Center. The Christmas lights that will be turned back on for the event, as well as special videos and activities will be available on the square.
“Give us your best smile!” was written on the invitation on LDS.org. With the charge to “flood the earth” with positive messages, the invitation to share thoughts on social media before and after the devotional, as well as those attending in the Conference Center, will help unite Church members around the world. By using the hashtags #ShareGoodness and #LDSdevo in posts, individuals will be able to see how others are joining in the positive effort.
Tickets are not necessary for the event, making the seating arrangments based on a first-come, first-served basis. President and Sister Uchtdorf have invited young adults to attend the devotional in the Conference Center with them — a building that holds more than 20,000 people.
After the devotional, the Conference Center doors will remain open until 8:30 p.m., allowing patrons to discover, mingle, and walk the halls of the Conference Center without a tour guide.
Discussion tables will be set up in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building where visitors can learn about and ask questions about various Church topics. Also in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, JustServe and LDS Humanitarian Services will be set up with information about how a person can serve locally.
Other buildings on Temple Square — including buildings that are normally closed on Sunday — will also be open, such as the Church History Museum, the First Vision Theater with the 240-degree screen, and the Discovery Center in the Family History Library.