The challenges faced by our YSAs are similar to those faced by new converts. President Gordon B. Hinckley has said on numerous occasions
Every convert needs three things: a friend, a responsibility, and nurturing with the good word of God.It is our duty and opportunity to provide these things… Brethren, the loss of converts must stop. It is unnecessary. I am satisfied the Lord is not pleased with us… I invite you, every one of you, to make this a matter or priority in your administrative work… You are not bound by rigid rules. You have unlimited flexibility. You are entitled to answers to your prayers, to inspiration, and revelation from the Lord in dealing with this matter.
YSA Service Councils are one way to ensure that each YSA in a ward finds a friend, has a responsibility, and is nurtured with the good word of God — and most importantly, learns to lose himself in the service of the Lord and others. Such service helps YSAs grow closer to the Lord and to each other, and is more effective at helping YSAs to keep covenants and marry than socializing together or enjoying fun activities together. YSA Service Councils therefore structure a ward so that every member has a meaningful church calling (with return and report) and many opportunities to serve other ward members.
The use of YSA Service Councils may not be appropriate for every ward. It is presented here as one possible idea that has been successfully implemented, with the hope that it will bless other YSA wards and stakes. Counseling with the stake president or appropriate area authority, listening to local YSAs, and counseling with the Lord are essential to decide what is appropriate in any particular situation.