Mexican authorities meet with Church leaders about youth outreach programs
Sunday School General President Mark L. Pace and Young Men General Presidency first counselor Brother Ahmad S. Corbitt shared ideas and experiences
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with government officials, civic leaders and private sector organizations in Mexico this month to talk about the well-being of youth.
Sunday School General President Mark L. Pace and Brother Ahmad S. Corbitt, first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, participated in an event called “Conversation for the Welfare of Youth in Mexico” on Sept. 7.
They exchanged ideas and experiences aimed at youth development, reported the Church’s Mexico Newsroom.
President Pace and Brother Corbitt — along with Gustavo Ramos, communications director in the Church’s Mexico Area, and Michelle López, area public relations director — explained some of the programs the Church provides to strengthen youth, such as Children and Youth program, the volunteer website and app JustServe (SirveAhora in Mexico) and educational offerings like BYU–Pathway Worldwide.
These programs were viewed favorably by the Mexican officials, reported Newsroom. The officials included representatives from the Mexican Youth Institute and Religious Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior.
During the meeting, the group discussed common ground and future opportunities for collaboration. They agreed on the importance of nurturing and preparing youth to make decisions that will define the future of Mexico and the world.
Devotional for young men throughout Mexico
During their visit to Mexico, Brother Corbitt and President Pace spoke in person at a devotional on Sept. 9, attended by nearly a thousand youth and thousands more who watched the country-wide broadcast.
The leaders were joined by Elder Sean Douglas, a General Authority Seventy and second counselor in the Church’s Mexico Area presidency. They reminded the young men of their value as children of God and encouraged them to listen to the Spirit and prepare to serve missions, reported Newsroom.
President Pace shared his personal experience receiving a testimony and told the youth, “The way to do that is to read the scriptures and pray. It takes time to feel what the Lord has to tell you and will do it through peace.”
Brother Corbitt recounted growing up in a tough neighborhood and learning about the Church. When the missionaries arrived at his home, he said, “It was as if we already knew them.”
He encouraged the youth to prepare to serve missions and said, “I testify that you have enormous power and that it is your destiny to gather Israel in these days to prepare the world for the Second Coming of Christ.”
Elder Douglas spoke to the young men about President Nelson’s 2018 invitation for each of them to be part of the Lord’s battalion. Elder Douglas told the youth, “This is your time! This is Mexico’s time!”