Church News and Events

2012 Mutual Theme: “Arise and Shine Forth”

  Heather Wrigley, Church News and Events

  • 2011-09-12

A new youth DVD to be released in November focuses on the 2012 Mutual theme for Young Men and Young Women: “Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations”  (D&C 115:5).

This revelation, given through the Prophet Joseph Smith at Far West, Missouri, in 1838, was addressed to the presiding officers of the Church at the time, but as the Mutual theme it applies to youth ages 12 to 18 throughout the Church.

The theme may be used to enrich Mutual opening exercises, as the topic for sacrament meeting talks by youth, and to provide focus for youth activities such as camp, youth conference, and devotionals. It may also be used as the focus of special cultural events and other dance, music, and drama activities.

Church leaders suggest that local youth leaders introduce the theme with the new DVD, Strength of Youth Media 2012: Arise and Shine Forth, which will be sent to units in November 2011.

This DVD may be used to supplement quorum meetings, classes, youth conference, and other youth activities throughout the year and will be available in Cantonese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Additional support materials will be available in the New Era and Liahona magazines and on LDS.org at the beginning of 2012.