On August 1, the Young Men and Young Women General Presidencies announced in a letter the new mutual theme for 2016: "Press forward with a steadfastness in Christ." This theme comes from 2 Nephi 31:20:
“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.”
This scripture and theme will influence many of the mutual activities for this year, as all leaders are encouraged to emphasize these principles to uplift the lives of those they serve.
Every year, the Young Men and Young Women General Presidencies collaborate and seek inspiration as they select a theme to guide the year's focus. Last year's theme was "Embark in the service of God," which comes from Doctrine and Covenants 4:2.