Youth Conference

This weekend was incredibly busy and incredibly amazing! I got to be a group leader at Youth Conference. The theme was “Operation Destination: Your Time Is Now”. There was about 10 people in each group.

Friday’s activities:
—Service project – they made keychains, necklaces, etc. for a boy scout day camp
—Dinner (there was like 100 Papa John’s pizza boxes, no joke)
—Silent Movies – each group was given a topic and a box of props to create a silent movie. My group’s topic was The Good Samaritan. The group leader (me) was the filmer. They decided to make it modern…so they had someone getting mugged and then nobody would help her as she lay on the ground injured, and the mugger ended up being the one to come help her in the end.

—Dance. Of course there was a stake dance! I was a chaperone…it was great fun! Well, if you call sitting around fun..but I got to talk to people so that was the fun part!

I got home around midnight on Friday….and went straight to bed.

Saturday I had to be at the church at 6:30. We were all meeting there from our ward and carpooling up there because of limited parking. (The event was at someone’s property in Tomball) I ended up just taking KayeLynn with me…she’s such a sweetheart. I love her!

Saturday’s activities:
—Grafitti Wall – There was a fence set up around a bunch of branches and wood….and a ton of spray paint cans. “righteous grafitti” was all over the fence by the time they were done…it looked awesome.
—Breakfast – they had kolaches, breakfast burritos, and donuts
—the Amazing Race begins! – there were 15 teams, and they had to play just like the show on TV called “The Amazing Race”. The activities were all great. Here’s a brief summary of the stations…
             – Car Push – They had to change a tire on a truck, and then push it to the next station. One person had to steer the truck, and everyone else had to push. There were 4 stations, with different tasks to perform at each station. They had to push the truck to each station, with more people in it each time, which left less people to push it.
          -Matching Game – The first person runs from the start and selects a picture, shows it to the team, and then selects another and shows it to the team. If they do not match, they return to the start and the next person does the same thing. There was to be no talking or pointing or anything while someone was on the playing board. They could only collaborate when the playing board was empty, and only one person would be on at once. The “board” was about a 30-foot square area. My team did not so good at the keeping quiet thing…they’d cough, point, have more than one peron on, etc. Needless to say, they lost quite a few points for that. 
         – Spider Web – There were ropes tied across trees into a spider-web-looking-contraption. There were 14 streamers tied randomly through out the web. Two people had to go at once and retrieve a streamer. It had to be a boy-girl team and they had to hold hands the whole time. If any part of their body touched a rope, they had to stop and count to five before continuing. They could hop over the ropes, army crawl under them, whatever. As long as they were always in contact with one another and not the ropes. My team did a great job with this one. It was one of their favorites they said. 
          – Lake Crossing – each team was given materials to build a raft. They had an hour to complete this station. They had to build a raft, get everyone to the other side, bring everyone back and disassemble their raft in that time. 
          – Tire Pull – They had to pull an 18-wheeler tire 100 yards up and 100 yards back. Each team member pulled the tire 10 yards up and 10 yards back. Team members switched every two yards. There were three rounds. For the first round, everyone in the group participated. In the second round, just the boys did it. In the third round, we had to choose two boys to complete it – one to pull it all the way up, and one to pull it all the way back.
          – Puzzle Scavenger Hunt – They were given a list of scripture mastery scriptures with out the references. They were from the Old Testament, Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants. They also had a set of scriptures to help them. There were plastic easter eggs spread out through a field with references written on them (just the numbers, not the book). Inside the egg was a puzzle piece. They had to find all the eggs for thier puzzle (there were 3 puzzles total) and complete the puzzle. My team didn’t work very well on this together. But I enjoyed watching them work in the rain!
          – Keys and Locks – There was a bucket of keys on one end and down a trail there were two toolboxes that each had a lock – a red one and a black one. Each team member had to choose a key, and, one at a time, run down the trail and see if their key unlocked one of the locks. If it did, they brought it back. Once both locks were open they could continue on.
          – Box Pick – There was a pile of boxes. A BIG PILE. You had to search through the boxes and find two notes that said you could move on. Only one person could be touching a box at a time. You had to open the box, look inside, and then close the box properly before the next person could go. Most of the boxes were empty….only a couple had the notes inside. My group didn’t do a very good job of the whole “close the box” and “only one person at a time” rules…
          – Line Up – they had to line up in a certain order without talking and without moving their mouth. First they had to line up in ABC order by their first name. Then they had to line up in ABC order by their last name. Then they had to line up in ABC order by their favorite food. Then they had to line up in ABC order by their mom’s maiden name. Then they had to line up in numerical order by their shoe size. Then they had to line up by hand size. Then they had to line up in ABC order by their favorite color. Then they had to line up by their birthday (month, day, and year). It was all very entertaining to watch. My group got creative and at one point they took out their cell phones and typed their answer..it was great.

After that was all over, we had dinner…hamburgers, chips, and cookies!

Then we had a presentation of awards and such…my group didn’t win anything, but they didn’t seem to mind!

And then once it got dark, we watched the silent movies! They’d been converted to black-and-white/antique/scratchy and had 40’s music playing in the background….it was quite entertaining!

Then we went over to the bonfire and had a testimony meeting. As the fire lit, we were all singing “The Spirit of God Like A Fire Is Burning”. It was the perfect song to be singing then. During the testimony meeting, my brother (Ethan) got up and I absolutely loved hearing his testimony. My “sister” (Sarah Nicholas) also gave her testimony, and I loved hearing hers also.

When it was over, I took KayeLynn home and I went home EXHAUSTED! I got home at about midnight, took a shower, plopped into bed, and slept in on Sunday. It was my week to teach relief society, but I still slept in. I slept in for the first 2 hours, and went for the 3rd hour to teach m y lesson. It turned out quite well! I was able to use experiences from youth conference this weekend in my lesson!

I FINALLY got to go to the Nicholi! It’d been forever! I got there at about 6:15 and the home teachers were there. Gotta love the home teachers! They left at about 6:50 and then Raspbana left a few minutes later to go to a camp meeting. I talked to Sarah about youth conference for a while. I love talking to her. I wish I could talk to my own siblings more often, but because I can’t, I take every opportunity I can to talk to my Nicholas siblings! Anyways, while they ate dinner I started reading the book I’m borrowing from them…The Sea of Monsters. It’s great so far! When they were done, Preston and Evan played more on the Wii and I’m not sure what Sarah did..but I kept reading! It was so good! Just like the first book! When Preston and Evan went to bed Sarah came and wrote her letter to Collin, and we talked more…which is always fun! When Sarah went to bed I left because I was till exhausted from this weekend. I didn’t get to see Raspbana much at all….sad day.

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