Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel


Po Nien Chou


CES, education, global

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Church leaders have noted the challenges facing young adults today and the need to raise the bar and prepare them better to meet these challenges. In May 2014, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained, “The world today is more challenging than it was [years ago]. . . . What we need now is the greatest generation of young adults in the history of the Church.” Elder Ballard continued, “We need vibrant, thinking, passionate young adults who know how to listen and respond to the whispering of the Holy Spirit. . . . It’s time to raise the bar . . . for your entire generation.” In his August 2015 address to religious educators, Elder Kim B. Clark, Commissioner of the Church Educational System, said, “You and I need to be much better than we are now. . . . We need to educate the rising generation more deeply and more powerfully than we have ever done before.” Elder Clark added that “the young people will come and will want to receive more.”