This weekend 74 youth from The Pittsburgh Stake and The Pittsburgh West Stake participated in a youth conference in Palmyra, NY. The theme for this year was “Embark” based on the scripture Doctrine and Covenants 4:2: “Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.” Following the theme, the event started with a day of service projects, including making hygiene kits, a book and food drive, weeding around the church, and indexing names for family history.
The next day the youth traveled to Palmyra, NY, where the church was first organized. They visited the home of Joseph Smith Jr. and walked through the Sacred Grove. They were able to talk with the missionaries and hear the stories of the events that had taken place. The youth saw that the Frame House still had the original hearth, which was once taken apart to hide the golden plates. One youth said, “You could really feel the Spirit in the Frame house, knowing how much work they put in to protecting the scriptures. I am very grateful for it.”
Later that evening, they got to see the Pageant, which is a play about different stories from the Book of Mormon. Before the event started, the youth were able to walk around Hill Cumorah and meet the cast. They also explored the visitor’s center.
On Saturday the youth held a testimony meeting. They shared their strong testimonies of the gospel. It was so special to listen to them share the things that they had learned. Their last trip was to the EB Grandin Printing Press, where the first 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon were printed. It was a very special testimony-building youth conference. Thanks to everyone who made this trip a success.