Young Single Adult events held worldwide

YSA events around the world foster connection and spirituality

From Cambodia to Africa, young single adults gathered to fellowship and grow together in friendship and their love of Christ.

In Cambodia, a trip that took over a year of planning came to fruition as 200 young adults boarded buses to travel to Bangkok, Thailand, to attend the temple. The 18-hour bus ride allowed the young adults to spend two days worshipping in the house of the Lord. Over the two days, 43 members received their endowments then did vicarious work for their ancestors.

A group Cambodian young single adults stand in front of the Bangkok Thailand Temple.
First-ever Cambodia YSA temple trip where 200 young single adults attended the newly opened Bangkok Thailand Temple on Nov. 9-12, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Kongmeng Kuy, a 22-year-old who received her endowment, said, “My heart is so full, I can feel the love of my Heavenly Father, and I am so happy I can’t wait to go to the temple again tomorrow.”

The preparation for the temple trip was not only logistical in nature, the spiritual preparation was just as intentional. YSA groups throughout Cambodia held temple preparation classes to make sure those who were going to the temple for the first time were ready to make covenants with their Father in Heaven.

In Australia, a YSA convention was held in Melbourne at the end of 2023 and the beginning of 2024 with 750 young single adults participating from across Australia. The theme of the conference was a line from the Latter-day Saint hymn “Come, Come Ye Saints” to help attendees focus on how they can “fresh courage take” as they press forward in their lives.

Elder and Sister Yaggi mingle with young people at Melbourne YSA Convention.
Elder Jeremy R. Jaggi, General Authority Seventy and member of the Church’s Pacific Area presidency, and his wife, Sister Amy Yaggi, mingle with young people at Melbourne YSA Convention, which took place at the end of 2023 and beginning of 2024. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Attendees participated in activities from a day at the beach and karaoke to a devotional and a sacrament meeting.

Ellen Bailey, a YSA committee member over logistics, said: “The goal was for people to build connections with each other and the Savior. The best part of the conference was the sacrament meeting. It was a quiet contrast to the rest of the activities and a real opportunity to feel the Spirit.”

Katie Grant, a young adult from Victoria who spoke at the devotional, said: “One of the first things we learn in our Church is that God knows us and loves us and wants to bless us with peace and joy. … This is a religion of redemption through Jesus Christ.”

In Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, over 1,000 young single adults gathered from various faiths to play games and dance as well as attend a multistake fireside. Seminaries and Institutes of Religion organized the event, and Elder Charden Ndinga, a Central Africa Area Seventy, presided.

Young single adults play games during a multi-stake activity in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, December 30, 2023.
Young single adults play games during a multistake activity in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, Dec. 30, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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