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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Our family's version of Youth Conference

A few months ago, my husband was asked by our Bishop to "head" this year's Youth Conference. In the LDS church, our youth group, kids ages 12-18 attends a "conference" which is usually held in the summer and most of the time it's held somewhere outdoors-y. We usually have a theme and it's main purpose is to give the kids faith building experiences. 

About two weeks ago, after months of preparation, we finally held our Youth Conference. It was an overnight camping trip at Lake Isabelle, which is about 2 hours away from the Springs. It was a beautiful place and here are some photos from our trip....(note: There are about 30 in our group but because I want to keep their identities private, you're only going to see my family in the photos)

We got to the camp site on a Friday afternoon and when I woke up on Saturday morning, I was so inspired by this road, the sun shining in the background and just the quiet, peaceful feeling of being one with nature. 

Friday afternoon, we took the group on a hike up a mine shaft. We barely made it to the shaft before the rain poured on us. We stayed inside the shafts for a good 30 minutes before the rain stopped. That night we also played a fun Volleyball game between the girls and the boys. We had skits and smores. Then ended our night with a spiritual meeting around the campfire.

The following day we headed out to the lake. Some kids paddled in the water in canoes and kayaks while others tried their hand in fishing. We didn't have luck in the fishing department though.

We heard of this one natural slide near the lake and we had one youth with us that have been there before. So after lunch, we followed her lead and went on a mile hike to this natural water slide. Almost everyone who hiked did the slide. Even my husband and son. I for one was not a fan of cold water so I opted to stay on the sidelines and photograph everyone going down the slide instead. 

It was definitely a fun filled two days. We were happy to have been a part of this great event and I was so surprised that even my kids enjoyed their time at Youth Conference. These are memories that I hope they'll cherish for a long time.

Till next time,

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