LDS youths recently got some expanded insights on such topics as using technology wisely and dating when they received new "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlets from their Priesthood leaders.
The youth portion of the LDS website was also expanded significantly, with questions and video links on each subject contained in the guide.
The pamphlet was first released in the early 1990s to serve as a simple guide to young people on how to live righteously and have happiness as a teenager and young adult. The last revision to the guide was in 2001.
The newest revision has a picture of the Salt Lake City temple on the cover and a message to the youths from the First Presidency, encouraging them to stay focused on the temple. The revised pamphlet contains the addition of current prophetic counsel in such areas as the wise use of technology, virtuous thoughts, dating, the importance of gender roles, and preparation for the future.
In a statement released by the Church, General Young Women's President Elaine Dalton said standards have not changed, but times have changed.
"For the Strength of Youth has been revised to address the issues young people face today, to teach them the doctrine behind the standards and the promised blessings of obedience," Dalton said.
The pamphlet contains a wide array of topics, with a one- to two-page explanation of the Church's stance on each topic as well as advice on how to live the particular gospel principle or how to handle a challenge regarding something like dress and appearance or friendship.
The pamphlet also has a section on wise money management, and an added section on mental health in its physical health chapter.
The statement said there is increased clarity and emphasis on doctrine in each section, and a question at the end of each section allows readers to ponder their understanding of that particular topic.
The website expands even further on each section, offering a series of questions on each topic along with video presentations for each topic and specific scripture references.
A copy of the Ten Commandments is in the back of the pamphlet as well as the two great commandments given by Jesus Christ, found in Matthew 22:37-40.
Students attending LDS seminary have also gone over the pamphlet in great detail in their various seminary classes.
Ann M. Dibb, first counselor in the General Young Women's Presidency spoke about the pamphlet in the young women's meeting March 24. She encouraged youths to realize that the pamphlet is "for you" and encouraged them to circle the words "for you" on the front of the book.
"Read it cover to cover," she said.
She told them they may be tempted to disregard the standards found in the pamphlet, but they are specifically set up for the youths.
General Young Men's President David L. Beck said the pamphlet can also be a great resource for parents and leaders of young people, and he encourages both groups to study the pamphlet thoroughly.
"It is our hope that these standards will be thoroughly studied in our homes and in Church classes," he said, "and that the principles taught in them will go down into the hearts of the youth of the Church."