Earning the Shirts

  By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News assistant editor

  • 10 January 2013

This past November, some 9,200 youth participated in a cultural program highlighting the many things Church members in the Boise Idaho Temple District treasure: the light of faith, heritage, industry, families, youth, liberty, service, and the gospel.

The Church staged the youth cultural celebration, titled “Treasure the Light,” the night before President Thomas S. Monson rededicated on November 18 the Boise Idaho Temple, which closed 15 months before for extensive renovation.

The production, held in the Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University, was less about dancing and more about preparing for the temple, explained Gary Walker, youth cultural celebration subcommittee chairman.

One experience illustrated that. In one scene of the production, youth from the Emmett Idaho Stake donned Helping Hands T-shirts and honored the thousands of Church members who wear the shirts every year as they respond to disasters across the globe.

Because of what the shirts represented, some of the young men in the scene decided that if they were going to wear the shirts, they should earn them, said Brother Walker. So they set out to find a service project.