Saturday, April 12, 2008

Youth Conference

Jason and I participated in our Youth Stake Conference this weekend. The theme was "Mission Possible," focusing on missionary work. We met at the Stake Center last night and sat up on the stand with the other "mission presidents" and all the youth sat in the benches and waited their mission call. Talks were given by a sister missionary who only came home the day before, and the first counselor in our Stake Presidency who shared personal missionary experiences. We sang called to serve, and then they began giving the calls. We received four young women ranging in age of 14, 15 and two 16 year old. They were eager to participate, and quickly asked, "so what mission will we be going to." We decided to go with the Chile theme, (Jason's mission). We set out our mission memento's, and we had empanadas, salad and some other barbecued meat Jason had purchased at an Argentine restaurant, there are no Chilean restaurants in Vegas. I also made cookies, and a Spanish tortilla. The boys were excited to have these young women or "pretend missionaries" in our home. After dinner we had a lesson in which we talked about the missionary handbook and shared scriptures and experiences from our missions. It was a great night. I was reminded of how much I love my mission and the impact it has had in my life. I had so many wonderful experiences. Besides marrying Jason it is the best decision that I've made! I'm grateful for this experience, we had amazing youth, they brought such a special spirit into our home. We will be having breakfast with them this morning and then taking them back to the Stake Center to continue there conference. 

6 comments:

Chris & Lynette said...

How fun for you guys. That sounds like a great experience. I love anything that brings back mission memories. It always makes me more motivated to rededicate my life.

jamietonks said...

What a fun idea and a lot of work! I bet it was worth it though. When I was in the youth program I loved things like that. They always made a big impact.

Christina said...

cute yc theme--ours was "the trek" AGAIN-we've done it twice--i think they try to do it every 4 years..the 1st night EVERYONE had to sleep OUTSIDE in 33 degree weather-lots of complaints..mainly from the leaders-which SO WOULD have been me!! hahah

ABBOTTLAND said...

That sounds like so much fun. I'm sure the youth really enjoyed the experience. I'm sure they are really motivated to prepare for their missions in the future. I am so glad that the missionaries who converted us decided to serve missions. The Lord truly led them to us and changed our lives forever. What a wonderful gift missionary work is :)

ABBOTTLAND said...

Hey susana....are you serious about marrying Jason! I thought the best thing that ever happened to you was the other night at the Bon Jovi concert, when he ripped his shirt off. At least that's what Jason told me. ~Lucas

Tracy said...

Okay, love your spiritual blog. Yes, you are a wonderful example to your siblings. But let's see some Bon Jovi blogging!