In the spring, our LDS ward brought all of the youth for a joint activity. The Young Women and the Young Men planned an activity where they would go out and learn to shoot skeet. Of course, this activity was highly supervised by adult leaders. For some of the young men and some of the young women, this was the first time they would shoot a gun. The leaders threw the skeet with a hand held throwing devise and the youth tried their best to hold up a 20 gauge or a 12 gauge shotgun and shoot a flying target. Some of them picked up the skill quickly and other were not so sure they even wanted to try.
Below is a picture of my kids, and my wife, getting ready to shoot the target.
This year our little LDS family had the opportunity to get tickets (they were free) to go and attend the last session of General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As most of your may know, the last session is Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm. Luckily, our family also had reserved that very same weekend at my grandfather’s condo up at Park City. We arrived early and picked out seats as close as we could to the front. Our seats, if standing at the podium, were on the far right of the conference center and we were about 15 rows up from the walkway that splits the bottom from the top of the center. We were pretty close, but not quite close enough to see the speaker’s faces very well. It didn’t matter though, directly in front of us were two television sets. One was showing conference with subtitles and the other was showing conference with a sign language professional. I found myself watching the sign language TV the most because of the interesting way that they communicate. I always tried to pick out what words they were trying to sign and I always wondered if they were keeping up with the speaker or not.
We had a great time at General Conference. This was the first time that Katie was able to attend because of the time restriction. Many people may not know but youth under the age of 8 are not allowed to attend. My guess is that they want silence in the conference center so that the speakers can be heard for television and radio. Anyway, it was a great experience. I think my kids were able to feel the awesome reverence that everyone has for the 12 apostles and especially for the Prophet of God. When President Monson walked in the room, everyone stood, everyone was silent. It was something to see, that many people in a huge conference room standing silently until President Monson sat was great to witness.
Below I have posted a video of some of the Highlights from April Conference.
I was going through some old video footage from an external hard drive that I have. There are several hours of video of birthdays, kindergarden plays, songs, christmas’s etc. One particular spot on my video files shows our family over at the Twin Falls Temple grounds before the Temple was built. My Dad came up with a briliant idea one day to go over to the future temple site, after the official ground breaking, and do our own ground breaking. So, my Dad got out two of his shovels, painted them both gold and marched us out to the small patch of dirt that was used by the official ground breakers.
Below is our little video of our family doing our own “unofficial” ground breaking at the Twin Falls Temple.