Friday, July 25, 2008

Youth Conference Fireside

After we were done with our tasks/challenges for Thursday we traveled to the "pit stop" which was the cabin next to my family cabin (we had other relatives using my family cabin so our neighbors let us use theirs). We had a wonderful dinner provided by our YW secretary, her husband, and our Primary president (her husband is in YM).

Brooke with her friends, Haley and Taylor (Taylor just moved into our ward a week ago and was immediately sucked into our great group of young women - and the guys are all fighting for her attention.)

After dinner we had a fireside. Jason Reynolds was our first speaker. He grew up in this ward and is a little younger than me. 3 years ago he went in for minor surgery and it went horribly wrong and now he just lives day to day never knowing how long he'll live. He gave a great "talk" and was very straight with our youth about how they need to be living their lives.

This is some of our group all crammed into the cabin. We had 36 kids and 12 leaders participate in youth conference and a few more adults up at the cabin to help put on the dinner.

President and Sister Stringham were our concluding speakers. He was just recently called to be the stake president. He was in the bishopric of the single's ward when I was attending that ward a long time ago. So I've known him for a long time and asked him to speak to our youth. It was a great evening. We concluded with having everyone say what the best part of the day was for them. One young man was honest and said dinner was the best part of the day.

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