For more than ten years, Mormon teenagers have referred to For the Strength of Youth, a summary of standards derived from scripture and from the writings and teachings of LDS leaders.

The standards represent norms of conduct in such areas as relationships with others, personal integrity, mental and physical health, and entertainment.  Dress and appearance, honesty, sexual purity, entertainment media, and service to others are among the areas discussed.  The guidance is frank, to the point, and positive.

Youth are given the concluding counsel that “joy and happiness come from living the way the Lord wants you to live and from service to God and others. The Lord asks you to keep your life pure, seek his Spirit, maintain your self-respect, and be a good influence on your family and friends. ‘By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another’ (John 13:35).”

For the Strength of Youth can be viewed by youth – adults, too – on the Church’s official web site, LDS.org.

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The standards contained in For the Strength of Youth are discussed in a 2004 talk by Elder Earl C. Tingey, a general authority of the LDS Church.  This talk, which contains an interesting story about the impact of the Church’s standards on a government minister in Africa, may be of interest to my readers.