One of the things we love about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that our children and youth learn from a young age about who they are, about what life is all about. They learn of God’s love for them and of His plan for all of His children. And they have opportunities to serve and to have experiences that solidify these truths in their minds and hearts.

Next week, youth in the Salt Lake City, Utah area (USA) will have such an opportunity.

Thousands of young people (ages 12-18) from 51 stakes will participate in a cultural celebration, entitled “Come Up to the Mountain of the Lord, commemorating the dedication of the Draper and Oquirrh Mountain temples. Such cultural celebrations have occurred all over the world (e.g., in Ghana, Finland, Chile, Brazil, Panama, and others).

Performances of this celebration on May 29 and 30, 2009 will be held in the Church’s Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. They will also be broadcast via satellite to several meetinghouses throughout the state.

Youth have been auditioning, practicing, texting, writing, going to the temple, planning, and setting personal goals to prepare for this event. I’ve been impressed to read the thoughts of some of the youth as they prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Their enthusiasm is evident. We look forward to hearing more about this event over the next few weeks. (Are you involved in this celebration? Have you been involved in others in the past? Please consider sharing your experience through pictures, words, original video, etc. Send submissions at gmail to mormonwomen.)

Read more about LDS youth at The Church’s official site, The New Era, also gives glimpses into the lives of Mormon Youth, and includes content of interest to youth.