For the Strength of Youth (FSY) conferences will be back next year for youth in the United States and Canada, and conferences in the Philippines will soon have a permanent home in impressive new facilities.
In an October 4 notice, the Church’s Priesthood and Family Department explained that FSY conferences have been on hold since 2020 due to the pandemic, but that “beginning in 2022 and 2023, all stakes in the US and Canada will attend FSY conferences every other year.”
Highlighted in the notice was the importance of the FSY conferences, stating that they “are an anchor to the Children and Youth program and therefore should be given high priority in planning.”
In an article on Church News, Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon explained the purpose of FSY and that it is more than a summer camp.
“FSY stands for ‘For the Strength of Youth,’ and in reality, we’re strengthening their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,” she said.
FSY conferences, which include activities, devotionals, and classes for youth, are also being implemented worldwide; in July 2021, a groundbreaking was held for the first FSY camp in Asia. The 18-month-long project is expected to be complete in July 2023 and will accommodate 7,200 youth and leaders each year.
At the groundbreaking, Elder Taniela Wakolo, Area President of the Church in the Philippines where the FSY camp will be located, offered the dedicatory prayer. He spoke about the blessing the camp would be to the youth there.
“FSY conferences are designed to help youth have fun, strengthen faith in Jesus Christ, and feel joy and belonging as they live the gospel,” he said. “These facilities will contribute towards strengthening the character of our youth and inspire them to express silent sermons by the way they live their lives as sons and daughters of God.”
Read the Church notice to find a list of 15 frequently asked questions about FSY.