2017 Youth Theme Encourages Youth to Pray

  • 3 August 2016

A young man kneels in prayer. Asking God in faith is emphasized in the 2017 youth theme.

“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 wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” —James 1:5–6

The Church has announced that the Mutual theme for 2017 is “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 wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:5–6; emphasis added).

According to a letter sent to local leaders August 1:

“The purpose of the yearly theme is to provide opportunities for youth worldwide to learn about, study, internalize, and apply the principles taught in the scripture. Youth are encouraged to memorize the scripture, study its doctrine, and act on the principles learned throughout the year.”

“In addition, the theme can be used to enrich Mutual opening exercises, as a topic for sacrament meeting talks given by youth, and to provide focus for youth activities—including camps, youth conferences, and devotionals.

“Resources—including videos, music, and suggestions for using the theme throughout the year—will be available to leaders at youth.lds.org and in Church magazines at the end of 2016 and throughout 2017. An email will be sent to leaders later this year when these resources become available.”