President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will go “Face to Face” with youth around the world during a special broadcast on March 4.
“Most youth of the Church across the world will never have the chance to visit Palmyra, New York, in person, but I hope that participating in this event will help some of them feel as if they are there,” said President Eyring. “I hope they will feel the spirit of this quiet, holy place and perhaps gain a stronger testimony of what took place here on a spring day in 1820.”
Broadcast live from Palmyra, New York, on Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m., the event will feature the two Church leaders responding to questions and discussing prayer as part of the 2017 Mutual theme.
This year’s Mutual theme comes from the book of James in the New Testament: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing waivering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
President Eyring invited youth to prepare for the event by reading the account of the prophet Joseph Smith’s First Vision.
“James 1:5 seems to me an ideal theme both for the youth in 2017 and for this Face to Face event,” said President Eyring. “Today there are so many ways to find information — some of it true, some of it partially true, and some of it completely false. But wisdom, true wisdom, comes from God, and the way to find it hasn’t changed since the day James wrote his epistle or the day Joseph Smith read it. I hope the youth will see this event as an opportunity to seek wisdom from God and they will find, as Joseph did, ‘the testimony of James to be true — that a man [or woman] who lacked wisdom might ask of God, and obtain.’ ”
Youth are able to ask questions before the event by commenting on LDS.org and social media channels, such as the LDS Youth Facebook page. They can also ask questions by using the hashtag #LDSfacetoface.
“Can you imagine a better place to be with President Eyring than Palmyra, New York, to talk about asking questions of God and receiving answers?” asked Elder Holland in video on LDS.org inviting youth to participate. “That will be true not only for the prophet Joseph, in the First Vision, but it will be true for you in your own way as you ask questions in your life.”
Prior to the broadcast at 10:45 a.m. mountain standard time, the premier of a new video portraying the First Vision, “Ask of God — Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” will be broadcast online.
To view the broadcast go to LDS.org, face2face.lds.org, the LDS Youth YouTube channel or the LDS Youth Facebook page. To view past past Face to Face events visit face2face.lds.org.
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