Saturday, April 12, 2008
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.