Uchtdorfs Invite Local Young Adults to Attend Devotional at Conference Center

Contributed By Marianne Holman Prescott, Church News staff writer

  • 12 January 2018

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, will speak to young adults worldwide on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Local young adults are encouraged to attend the devotional at the Conference Center and participate in activities on Temple Square.

All young adults who would like to attend in person are invited to the Conference Center to watch the devotional and join in the associated activities on Temple Square. Tickets are not required.

In an effort to encourage young adults of the Church and friends to join with others around the world in sharing positive messages on social media, the Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults scheduled for Sunday, January 14, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time will look a little different than the broadcasts of the past.

With the scheduled hosts being Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, the event will include local activities and social media sharing before the main event as well as refreshments after the devotional.

In what is expected to be the largest worldwide event of its type in Church history, the evening’s events are to encourage young adults age 18–30 to “flood the earth” by “sharing goodness”—as Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has taught—through positive social media messages.

“Give us your best smile!” was written on the invitation on LDS.org. With the charge to “flood the earth” with positive messages, the invitation to share thoughts on social media before and after the devotional will help unite Church members around the world. By using the hashtags #ShareGoodness and #LDSdevo in posts, you can see how others are joining in the positive effort.

How you can participate

Young adults living in other areas of the world may wish to contact local leaders for information about how and where they can view the broadcast locally and participate in activities planned for their area.

Elder and Sister Uchtdorf have invited young adults living in Utah along the Wasatch Front (between Logan and Payson) to attend the devotional in the Conference Center with them and participate in activities on Temple Square before and after the event.

Tickets are not necessary for the event, and seating at the Conference Center—a building that holds more than 20,000 people—is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

After the devotional, the Conference Center doors will remain open until 8:30 p.m., allowing guests to discover, mingle, and walk the halls of the Conference Center without a tour guide.

Discussion tables will be set up in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, where visitors can learn about and ask questions about various Church topics. Also in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, JustServe.org and LDS Humanitarian Services will be set up with information about how people can serve locally.

On Temple Square, the Christmas lights will be turned back on for the event, and there will be special videos and activities available. Other buildings on Temple Square—including buildings that are normally closed on Sunday—will also be open, such as the Church History Museum, the First Vision Theater with the 240-degree screen, and the Discovery Center in the Family History Library.