Standards for the Strength of Youth
“Standards for the Strength of Youth,” Young Women Personal Progress: Standing As a Witness of God, 2–4
The First Presidency has established guidelines for your daily decisions. Choosing to live these standards brings joy and helps qualify you for temple blessings. Study the standards as they are explained in the pamphlet For the Strength of Youth. Review them often. Commit to live them. As you do this your example will strengthen your family and the young men and young women with whom you associate. These standards are:
Agency and Accountability
Choose righteousness and happiness, no matter what your circumstances. Take responsibility for the choices you make. Develop your abilities and talents, and use them for good. Avoid idleness and be willing to work hard.
Have a spirit of gratitude in all you do and say. Thank God for your blessings, and express appreciation to others who help you.
Prepare to be an influence for good in the world. Obtain an education, and be enthusiastic about learning. Attend seminary.
Do your part to build a happy home. Honor your parents, and strengthen your relationships with your brothers and sisters.
Choose friends who share your high standards. Treat everyone with kindness and respect. Invite friends of other faiths to Church activities. Reach out to new converts and those who are less active.
Dress and Appearance
Dress modestly to show respect for God and yourself. Never lower your dress standards for any occasion. Do not disfigure your body with tattoos and body piercings.
Entertainment and the Media
Choose uplifting entertainment. Avoid anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Commit to keeping God’s standards.
Music and Dancing
Listen to music that helps you draw closer to Heavenly Father. Do not listen to music that encourages immorality, glorifies violence, or uses offensive language. When dancing, avoid full body contact or suggestive movements.
Use language that uplifts, encourages, and compliments others. Use the names of God and Jesus Christ with reverence and respect. Do not use profane, vulgar, or crude language or gestures.
Do not date until you are at least 16 years old. Date only those who have high standards. When you begin dating, go in groups or on double dates. Plan activities that help you remain close to the Spirit of the Lord.
Keep yourself sexually pure. Do not have any sexual relations before marriage. Do not participate in talk or activities that arouse sexual feelings. Do not participate in homosexual activities. Seek help if you become a victim of rape, incest, or other sexual abuse.
Through the Savior’s Atonement, you can receive forgiveness and be cleansed from your sins when you repent. Confess your sins to the Lord and to those you have wronged. If the sins are serious, you also need to confess them to your bishop.
Be honest with yourself, others, and the Lord. Do not rationalize that dishonesty is right.
Sabbath Day Observance
Use the Sabbath to worship the Lord, attend church, draw closer to your family, and help others. Do not seek entertainment or spend money on the Sabbath. When possible, avoid working on Sunday.
Tithes and Offerings
Willingly pay a full tithe. Attend tithing settlement. Obey the law of the fast.
Keep the Word of Wisdom. Eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Do not use hard drugs, alcohol, coffee, tea, or tobacco products. Do not abuse prescription or over-the-counter medications.
Service to Others
Serve others in your Church assignments and in your home, school, and community. Seek daily the guidance of the Holy Ghost to know whom to serve and how to help meet their needs.
Go Forward with Faith
Be true to the Lord and to His Church. Regularly pray in private and read the scriptures. Keep your covenants and listen to the whisperings of the Spirit. The Lord will help you meet your trials and challenges.^ Back to top