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Central America Area holds youth concert to prepare for FSY conference

Concert includes youth performers from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala and Honduras

To get youth excited for an upcoming For the Strength of Youth conference, the Church’s Central America Area recently “traveled back in time” during a musical event of past youth theme songs.

Concierto para la juventud 2022: Un viaje en el tiempo” (Concert for Youth 2022: A Travel in Time) was streamed in Spanish on Friday, Oct. 14, and featured young performers from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala and Honduras.

Songs performed during the 35-minute concert included: 

  • “Peace in Christ” (2018 youth theme song)
  • “If We Love Him” (2019 youth theme song)
  • “I Will Go and Do” (2020 youth theme song)
  • “A Great Work” (2021 youth theme song)
  • “Trust in the Lord” (2022 youth theme song)

In between the songs, youth shared testimonies and experiences related to the themes. A link to the video and news release about the event was published on the Church’s Spanish Newsroom.

Elder Taylor G. Godoy, first counselor in the Central America Area presidency and General Authority Seventy, began the event by inviting youth to prepare for the upcoming For the Strength of Youth conference. 

Elder Godoy read from Acts 2:1 — “they were all with one accord in one place” — and talked about the importance of gathering together. He also referenced the new “For the Strength of Youth” guide announced during October 2022 general conference

Thousands of youth across Central America watched the concert, according to the news release. Natali Ponce, a young woman from Guatemala, said, “I think this concert is a great help for us young people because it brings us closer to God.”

A young woman in Honduras watches the Central America Area’s Concert for Youth 2022, streamed Oct. 14, 2022. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Alexandra Gómez, a young woman from Panama who performed “I Will Go and Do,” said: “I am very happy knowing that, despite the difficulties, I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and guides me. Everything I do, I do for Him.”

Harold Cáceres, a young man from Honduras who also performed during the event, described music as “a prayer to the Lord” that invites the Spirit. “Through music we can comfort, inspire and change many souls,” he said.

Watch the concert in Spanish on YouTube.

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