The Young Women in the Minot First and Second Branches, Bismarck North Dakota Stake, aren’t headed to the temple just yet, but they decided to talk about the importance of modesty and temple marriage. Several of the young women modeled the wedding dresses of women in their branch, all of which were both modest and beautiful. For refreshments, they had—what else?—wedding cake.
The deadline for the New Era Writing, Art, Photography, and Music Contest is coming soon! Don’t forget to send your entries on time (they’re due by January 2, 1998). Consult the September New Era for contest rules, entry forms, and other important information.
Adam Bacon, a deacon in Palmer, Alaska, is a true friend. When one of his classmates developed a serious hearing problem and needed to take an American Sign Language class, Adam volunteered to take it, too. Now Adam’s friend isn’t lonely, and Adam has a new and useful skill.
Youth in the Granada Hills California Stake took a different approach on the Church Sesquicentennial theme “Faith in Every Footstep” for their youth conference this year. Instead of taking steps of their own, they helped mentally handicapped children run, jump, and walk to the finish line at the Los Angeles Special Olympics.
The youth worked for nine hours, beginning at 6:00 A.M., but their good attitudes never wavered. “It was the best youth conference we have ever had because we’ve been able to give service,” said one participant.
The annual crop of sugar beets isn’t the only thing that makes Sugar City, Idaho, a sweet place to be. A small group of boys in the senior class at Salem High School in Sugar City, who are all priests in the Sugar City Idaho Stake, decided that they would make Valentine’s Day special for all the girls at their school.
The boys got a red rose for every woman and girl in the school and arranged with the principal to present them at a special Valentine’s Day assembly during the last hour of school on February 14. Not a single girl knew about the assembly ahead of time, since all the boys talked about their plans in code, calling it “Project A.”
It’s an idea that the girls fell in love with.
If you need news and you’re in the Ephrata, Washington, area, look for these girls. Megan Flynn (center), along with sisters Lorien (left) and Maili Smith, have the inside track with the other girls in their ward. As a way of fulfilling a Personal Progress goal, the girls write a monthly newsletter which includes information about gospel subjects, a list of people who have birthdays coming up, and a viewpoint on an important topic. The newsletter is then distributed to the other girls in their ward.
“The newsletter helps us share our testimonies in a different way,” says Lorien.