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Looking Forward to Global Youth Music Festival

Teens around the world will soon have the opportunity to experience an online global youth music festival, organised by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

14-year-old New Zealander, Alysha Osborne, is one of those teens. 

Alysha Osborne on the day of filming for the global choir that was part of general conference, February 2020.
Alysha Osborne on the day of filming for the global choir that was part of general conference, February 2020. She is looking forward to the youth music festival. © 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
       

      

An avid pianist and flautist, she loves church music, which, she says, helps her feel peaceful when listening to it.

Alysha participated in a global choir as part of the Church's recent general conference. She also serves as class president in her youth group.

"It's so amazing to be able to gather together globally as youth," she said.

She is hoping to get together with other youth in her area to view the concert.

"I think it would be great to do this as an activity so everyone can experience it."

Although the concert is occurring on a summer evening in Utah, USA, it is in the middle of a winter school day in the South Pacific. Therefore Alysha and her friends, as well as others in the Pacific, will be viewing it later.

An article about the music festival on ChurchofJesusChrist.org states: "Youth worldwide are invited to participate in the Youth Music Festival, a virtual global concert on July 29, 2020.  

The theme of the Youth Music Festival is 'Hear the Voice of the Lord' based on President Russell M. Nelson’s invitation and promise that as we hear Him, we will find 'success, happiness and joy in this life' (“Hear Him,” April 2020 general conference). As youth seek to hear Him, they will be better equipped to then 'go and do' (see The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ   1 Nephi 3:7), which is the 2020 Youth theme.

The pre-recorded, 40-minute, livestream virtual concert will feature personal, powerful testimonies by youth and Church leaders, inspiring music in various languages, as well as photos, videos, and performances of youth from around the world. 

Youth are encouraged to invite their Latter-day Saint friends and friends of other faiths to watch."

According to the Church website it can be viewed on Wednesday, July 29, at 6:00 p.m. (US Mountain Daylight Time) on YouTube.com/StrivetoBe. It will also be available on the Church's Live Broadcasts or Facebook Live pages.

Youth who miss the live broadcast, can still find all of the music, videos, and leader messages after the event in the music collection on the Gospel Library app, at YouTube.com/StrivetoBe and on churchofjesuschrist.org.

“Music is an international language...” explained Bishop Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"Music is a way for the Church to reach out to all the world, all people, and communicate with them from the heart.” 

  

                                     

                

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