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The 2018 Mutual theme teaches youth about the peace they can receive from Jesus Christ. The theme comes from Doctrine and Covenants 19:23 where the Lord invites, “Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.” What a powerful message! Here are four fun ways to use the Mutual theme to strengthen youth through challenging times:

1. Opening exercises

By including the theme at the beginning of Mutual, you can set the tone for the whole activity. Before each activity, you could assign a young man or woman to pick a scripture relating to Doctrine and Covenants 19:23 and present it to the group. You could also set aside time during opening exercises to study the verses surrounding verse 23 to understand its context.

2. “Listen to my words”

This activity offers a fun, challenging twist on the cooking activity idea given in “You, the Youth, and the Mutual Theme” (Liahona,January 2018). Pick a recipe and have one person read it while the youth each listen and follow the instructions to make the dish. Then, play loud music periodically as the reader is speaking, making it harder to hear the instructions. Encourage the reader to continue reading the recipe and not repeat themselves. After the activity, talk about how letting the world drown out the words of Christ makes following Him more difficult.

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