Why you should go to youth conference

I was cleaning out my emails a while back, and I guess I must have asked Nate to email me a talk he gave about youth conference in February 2013. Reading it reminded me of things I love so much about Nate: his sense of humor, his love for including, teasing, and having fun with others, his humility, his laid-back patience and gentleness, and his faith. It is a privilege to be a mother to each of my children. They model so many Christlike attributes. I am grateful and hopeful that they will rub off on me!

Youth Conference will be coming up soon for my teenagers. Here is a good reason why you should go:

People are always busy. It seems that we are always sacrificing something for another. The trick is deciding what is most important to us, and how much we are willing to give up in exchange. We have to decide everything from what we wear to how we act to where we are. Youth Conference helped me decide for myself what was most important in my life. The theme scripture speaks of “Standing in holy places” and tells us to “Be not moved.” It is of critical importance that we decide for ourselves where we go, what we do, and who we associate with. A lot of times it seems we are told, by parents and leaders, what we should do or where we should go, and that’s ok. Sometimes we may not know the best answer to those questions, or we may not want to answer them ourselves. Neal A. Maxwell once said, “There will be more and more lifeboats launched, because fewer and fewer citizens know how to swim.” It’s alright that we use the assistance of others to help us decide which is the best thing to do, but we cannot allow ourselves to let others make decisions for us. When the time comes, and no one is around to tell us to do or not to do something, we might not make the right decision. I think that’s what Youth Conference is about. It helped me see that you can spend a weekend having fun and feeling the Spirit. It encouraged me to visit the temple more frequently, and showed me that you can always eat one more piece of pizza. And although it was structured and directed, for the most part I felt like I was making my own decisions about what to do. Maybe it’s going from a lifeboat to a lifejacket, I dunno. Now I’m not sure how spiritual Pizza Pie Cafe is, but I can guarantee you can’t beat the temple as a holy place. The spirit you feel inside is sacred and special. Youth Conference made me want to feel that Spirit more, and make that decision for myself. My friend Cole and I both wear our Youth Conference wristbands, and they stands as a reminder to us not only that we can stand in holy places, but [that] we can make the decision for ourselves, and that’s important too. I bear testimony of the spirit you feel in the temple, and I know that going to the temple is critical, and that it will benefit everyone who attends. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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