YSA encouraged to find lost sheep

Hundreds of young single adults from the Salt Lake and Davis counties gathered to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on April 26 to learn about the upcoming changes to student wards and stakes. As of May 1, "student" units will no longer be in existence, and 12 new stakes will be established. Tuesday's meeting was the first of three, determined by geographic areas, to discuss the changes and new boundaries.

The plans to eliminate all current "student" units to form young single adult wards and stakes is an effort to increase accountability and foster activity for the 18-30 year-old demographic of the Church, leaders said.

"The Lord trusts you young people," Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve said during the meeting. "Your Heavenly Father loves you, as do all of the other leaders. ... Lock it in your minds and take the steps necessary to prepare yourselves."

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