The rising generation is coming “to this earth with important responsibilities and great spiritual capacities,” Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught. “We cannot be casual in how we prepare them” (“Tell Me the Stories of Jesus,” April 2009 general conference).
“Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” was Jesus’ response to His worried parents when they found Him sitting in the temple “hearing and asking questions.” Jesus was 12 years old. Our kind, loving Heavenly Father has given us all the opportunity to join in His work of salvation. We help as we serve in our families, congregations and in the temple.
The First Presidency recently announced changes to temple policies that give young men and young women of the Church more opportunities for temple service. They also announced a new Temple and Priesthood Preparation Meeting that will include 11-year-old girls and boys with their parents. This meeting will replace the yearly Priesthood Preview.