For teens that have never had the opportunity to visit Joseph Smith’s childhood city in person, President Henry B. Eyring and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland are giving them the chance to do it electronically.
Eyring, first counselor in the first presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will join Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, at a live Face to Face event set for March 4 at 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time.
Questions are currently being accepted for the online event, which will originate in Palmyra, N.Y. It was there that Joseph Smith recorded having the First Vision at the age of 14.
“Most youth of the Church across the world will never have the chance to visit Palmyra, N.Y., in person, but I hope that participating in this event will help some of them feel as if they are there,” said Eyring. “I hope they will feel the spirit of this quiet, holy place and perhaps gain a stronger testimony of what took place here on a spring day in 1820.”
The event, which will be streamed live at lds.org and the LDS Youth YouTube channel, will feature both Eyring and Holland answering questions submitted by youth around the world. Organizers ask that questions focus on the 2017 Mutual Theme, which is based on the Biblical scripture James 1:5-6.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him,” reads the scripture. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
According to Joseph Smith, it was reading this scripture that first inspired him to go out into the woods and pray to find out which church he should join. Eyring said that church leaders hope the scripture will provide insight and support to teens today when they face decisions.
“Today there are so many ways to find information – some of it true, some of it partially true, and some of it completely false,” said Eyring. “But wisdom, true wisdom, comes from God, and the way to find it hasn’t changed since the day James wrote his epistle or the day Joseph Smith read it. I hope the youth will see this event as an opportunity to seek wisdom from God and they will find, as Joseph did, ‘the testimony of James to be true – that a man [or woman] who lacked wisdom might ask of God, and obtain.’”
Teens with an lds.org account can submit questions by visiting face2face.lds.org and signing in at the bottom of the page. Teens who are not available during the livestream can also see the Face to Face event afterward at the site.