The pamphlet’s target audience is young men and young women of the LDS Church, although its principles are applicable to all age groups and non-church-members alike. It is available on the Internet and in print form. The pamphlet was first published in 1965, and its 9th and most recent edition was released in 2011. The pamphlet was meant to be strength of youth pdf “in the hands of every young person in each ward”.
The LDS Church first published “For the Strength of Youth” in 1965. The first edition of the pamphlet had 16 pages, while the ninth edition has 44 pages. Regarding the latest updated, Young Women general president Elaine S.
Dalton said, “The standards have not changed, but times have changed. For the Strength of Youth has been revised to address the issues youth face today—to teach them the doctrine behind the standards and the promised blessings of obedience. The current edition of the pamphlet discusses a variety of subjects, including dating, appearance, music and dancing, health, and sexual purity.
The 1990 edition of the “For The Strength of Youth” pamphlet called homosexuality an abomination. The 2001 eighth version removes any mention of “unnatural affections” and “abomination” and only states, “homosexual activity is a serious sin. If you find your-self struggling with same-gender attraction, seek counsel from your parents and bishop.
In 2011 the ninth version was released adding to the 2001 paragraph that “lesbian behavior” is also a “serious sin” and that the youth should speak to their parents and bishop if they “are being persuaded to participate in inappropriate behavior”. Promoting Peculiarity—Different Editions of For the Strength of Youth”. Fillmore, “Promoting Peculiarity—Different Editions of For the Strength of Youth,”, Religious Educator 8, no. A Study of the For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet, 1965-2004.