Last year, Mark and I were called to be Stake Youth Specialists and to be in charge of Youth Conference. A few months later, I was called to be the 2nd Counselor in the Stake Young Women's Presidency (I know what you're thinking...I was shocked too). It's be fun to be a part of the youth, since I've never been in an area that has such a diverse group. Our Youth Conference was July 8-11 and we were extremely lucky to be able to travel to Nauvoo. It was a hassle and a headache, but totally worth it. Here's the recap...
Wednesday - Met at the church building at 6:00am. Loaded up the charter bus with 43 youth and 9 leaders. Drove all day. Arrived in Nauvoo around 7:00pm. Played some games, ate dinner, walked around a bit, went to bed.
Where we stayed - The Nauvoo House
Thursday - Got up at 6:00am (not a lot of sleep on this trip). Showered and got ready for the day. Divided into 2 groups to go do baptisms at the temple and watch the movie "Joseph Smith The Prophet of the Restoration".
At the Visitor's Center
Went back to the Nauvoo House for lunch and to change. In the afternoon, we visited Carthage Jail and that night we went to the Nauvoo Pageant. I'm still blown away by how much the kids loved the pre-pageant activities.
The room where Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed - Carthage Jail
Me and Mark, during the pre-pageant activities
Friday - Divided into groups and toured the Historic sites (ie blacksmith shop, bakery, old schoolhouse, oxen rides, etc) in the pouring rain.
Luckily, the weather cleared up around 1:00, but those 4 hours getting soaked weren't very fun. In the afternoon, we went and saw "High Hopes and Riverboats", which was a nice nap, and had dinner at the state park. We had a testimony meeting at The Seventies Hall, and around 8:00pm took off for the long drive home.
Saturday - Returned to Atlanta around 10:00am safe and sound. What a trip!