All children ages 3–11, their parents, and Primary leaders and teachers are invited to participate in a Friend to Friend worldwide event — a Face to Face-style event for children — available for viewing beginning February 20.
The historic, first-of-its-kind event from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will include music and activities as well as messages by President Russell M. Nelson, Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and members of the Primary General Presidency.
“I am so excited for the children to experience this very special Friend to Friend event,” said Primary General President Joy D. Jones. “I hope they will feel valued, needed and loved by Jesus and Heavenly Father. This will be a memorable opportunity to feel connected to other children around the world as they learn and sing together about how they can help like Jesus.”
During the event, the Primary general presidency will announce the new Gospel for Kids app for children that consolidates key features from the Church’s Sing Along Hymns app, Scripture Stories app and the LDS Coloring Book app.
How to Participate
The event will be available to view beginning on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 11 a.m.* mountain standard time (Sunday 21, Auckland 5am, Sydney 3am) in English (including ASL), Spanish and Portuguese, with originating content in each of these three languages. It will be available to view on ChurchofJesusChrist.org, Youtube, BYUtv app and other media.
Beginning March 13, 2021, the event will be available for viewing in Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Cebuano and Tagalog.
Parents are encouraged to watch the event with their children at their convenience. Primary leaders and teachers may wish to share this event with children who may not be watching with their parents. During the event, children will be invited to participate in activities. It may help to have a piece of paper, drawing utensils and scriptures nearby.
The Friend to Friend event is made up of short segments that are designed to be watched over and over again, explained Sister Lisa Harkness, first counselor in the Primary general presidency. “Each segment will be a great asset to home gospel study and be the catalyst for inspired family conversations,” she said. “We can imagine children watching with their friends and sharing gospel messages as they learn to follow Jesus’ example together.”
Sister Cristina B. Franco, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, said, “We hope this Friend to Friend event will strengthen children’s faith in Jesus Christ as they follow the Savior’s example by making and keeping covenants, serving and loving others as He has.”
The event can also be viewed any time after the initial broadcast. It will be archived on face2face.ChurchofJesusChrist.org, the Latter-day Saints Channel, Gospel Media and Gospel Library and may be streamed or downloaded.