Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. —Mark Twain
Once again it’s job hunting time for many of you, and, if you’re like most people your age, you’re probably feeling a little frustrated and a little confused.
But did you know that help is as close as your local stake center—maybe even closer?
Each stake, and some wards, in the U.S. and Canada recently received a video series called “Job Search: The Inside Track,” which covers the ins and outs of finding employment. It includes six video segments, averaging about 20 minutes in length, that cover topics like applications and resumes, telephone skills, interviewing, and looking at your options. There are short workbooks available for each segment through Church distribution centers, stock number PEWE0358. The set costs three dollars.
Whether you’re looking for a part-time job or entering the working world full-time, you’ll probably find these videos interesting, helpful, and fun. Ask your quorum or Young Women adviser to help you find out how you can get access to the segments. You might even include viewing some of them in a special career-oriented activity. Happy hunting.
Kathy and Debbie Cragun of the Bartlesville First Ward, Tulsa Oklahoma Stake, have been recognized for their achievements in high school. Kathy was a starter on her basketball and track teams. She was voted best personality by her senior class. She served as president of her Laurel class and graduated from four years of early-morning seminary. She was a member of the National Honor Society and won a four-year college scholarship.
Debbie is also in National Honor Society. As a junior she served as co-editor of her yearbook, an honor usually reserved for a senior. In her ward she has served as president of her Mia Maid class.
Kendall Dilling of the Calgary Seventh Ward, Calgary Alberta North Stake, earned the top spot in his weight class in the Junior World Freestyle Wrestling Championship. In his high school athletic career, Kendall has been the city and provincial champion many times and barely missed taking the gold medal in the Canadian National championship.
In addition to his wrestling, Kendall has competed in championships in both gymnastics and soccer. His accomplishments are particularly notable since he lost a third of his right foot in a lawn mower accident when he was four.
Kendall is an excellent student and has served as student-body president in his school. He has served in his quorum presidencies in the Church and has shared the gospel with his friends and baptized one of his teammates on the wrestling team.
Kendall plans to serve a mission and intends to continue wrestling in university.
Recognition to Kim
Kim Longnecker of Riverdale, Georgia, has set a good example for other young women in her ward and in her high school. Kim is the first young woman in her ward to earn the Young Womanhood Recognition.
In addition, Kim has served as Laurel class president and as seminary president for two years in the Riverdale Ward, Atlanta Georgia Stake. She has developed her talents in music and has sung with the vocal ensemble in her school. She was also active in drama, honor society, as a class representative, and as yearbook production editor.
Kim was voted by her fellow classmates as the Most Intellectual girl in her senior class.
Quilts for Kids
“Threads of Forever” was the theme of a special service project undertaken at a biregional Young Women’s conference for the Dallas and Fort Worth Texas regions.
Ninety quilts were completed by 1,200 Young Women. Girls from 8 stakes and 72 wards steadfastly stitched for 9 months with the goal of donating their handiwork to homeless children.
The quilts were presented in a special luncheon. A local television broadcaster accepted the quilts on behalf of homeless children. In his acceptance, the newsman said, “Children become homeless because of unfortunate events in their past. They are victims of neglect or even abuse. For many of these children, this could be the first time that someone has truly cared.”
At first, the prospect of creating numerous quilts was a little overwhelming to some of the girls. Many had never quilted and felt that quilting was something that only grandmothers did. But the project turned out to be more fun than work.
Youth in Japan
The young men and women from the Honshu Japan Servicemen’s district held their annual youth conference in Tokyo. For many of the youth who came long distances, it was the first time they had seen Tokyo. In addition to discussion workshops held on a variety of subjects, the youth went to the Tokyo Temple to do baptisms for the dead. After three days of sightseeing and enjoying each other’s company, the highlight of the conference was the testimony meeting where the participants were able to express their feelings about the gospel.
Together in Canyonlands
Young men in the teachers quorum of the Draper Fifth Ward, Draper Utah Stake, felt a need to be unified. The younger members of the quorum did not feel close to the older members. In a few days of vacation from school, the group decided to explore a nearby part of their state together. Through shared experience they hoped to find new friendships.
The group drove a few hours south into a strangely bleak and beautiful area of Canyonlands National Park. With red sandstone cliffs, twisted pinnacles of rock, and flat-topped mesas, the land was as dramatic as they had hoped for.
The late nights spent talking around the campfire and the days filled with exploring the Anasazi Indian ruins and swimming in the nearby rivers served as a common ground around which new friendships could grow. Through the fun of being together, the group found new unity.
Lars David Nelson of the Woodlands Ward, Houston Texas North Stake, was selected as the Outstanding Student in Computer Science at his high school. He had also been selected as outstanding freshman history student.
In addition to his honors at school, Lars enjoys singing in school and ward choirs. He has earned his Eagle and Order of the Arrow awards in Scouting. He has also served in the presidencies of his priesthood quorums.
Kamille Thorne, a Mia Maid in the Columbia Basin Ward, Pasco Washington Stake, took first place in the Washington State Future Farmers of America public speaking competition. She went on to participate on the national level.
Kamille is an honor student and is her local FFA chapter vice-president. She enjoys singing and participating in church and school sports.
Marianne Williams of Highland, Utah, won the gold medal in floor exercise in the Junior Olympic National Gymnastic Championships. The previous year, Marianne took the national championship on the balance beam.
Marianne was the Region I All-Around Champion and the Utah State All-Around Champion for two years and has led her team to four straight state championships. She also led her team to two straight silver medals at the national level.
Marianne is a member of the Highland Ninth Ward, where she has served as president in her Mia Maid and Laurel classes.
Called to Serve: First Quorum of the Seventy
Two new members of the First Quorum of the Seventy were sustained during April 1988 general conference, bringing to 63 the number of members of the First Quorum of the Seventy.
Robert E. Sackley, 65, retired in 1979 as president of Medicine Hat College in Alberta, Canada. At the time of his call, Elder Sackley was serving as president of the Nigeria Lagos Mission. He has also served as president of the Philippines Quezon City Mission. He has been the administrative assistant to the president of the Salt Lake Temple while Sister Sackley served as assistant matron. They also served as directors of the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center and as missionaries in the Sydney Australia Temple before their call to Nigeria. He and his wife, Marjorie Ethel Orth, are the parents of two daughters and three sons and have 15 grandchildren.
L. Lionel Kendrick, 56, of Greenville, North Carolina, was a professor of health education and director of the regional training center of East Carolina University. He had previously been head football coach and teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools for ten years. He has served as Regional Representative, stake president, branch president and counselor, high priests group leader, bishop’s counselor, and stake Sunday School superintendent. He and his wife, Myrtis Lee Noble, have three sons and a daughter and six grandchildren. At the time of his call, Elder Kendrick was serving as president of the Florida Tampa Mission.