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Building Our Foundations of Faith
— by SUSAN GUSTAFSON, former Stake YW President

Nashua Stake Youth Conference was held July 17-19, 2014 at Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial in South Royalton, VT. The theme of the conference was Building Our Foundations of Faith. "Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great." (Doctrine & Covenants 64:33)

To kick off Youth Conference, youth groups visited some of the Smith family home foundations and met actors/actresses portraying some of the individuals who aided the Prophet Joseph Smith in building his spiritual foundation. Firesides, WORKshops, and a  testimony meeting also reinforced gospel principles. Highlights for many were the small group devotionals where youth had opportunities to discuss the theme scripture in more detail. Friendships were strengthened as youth splashed their way down the White River on inner tubes and laughed their way down the slip 'n' slide.

The final activity was a service project that solidified the principles taught during the conference. Youth and leaders worked side by side adding onto a rock wall that may have stood at the time of Joseph Smith. They excavated, built the foundation and created a wall to stand the test of time. At the conclusion, the youth placed a small wooden box containing their written testimonies in the wall as a symbol of their own spiritu 
al foundations. This will stand as a physical reminder of the spiritual principles necessary in building our own foundations in the gospel. At the conclusion of the event a young man from the Stake opened his mission call. It was a most appropriate ending to our Youth Conference!

It was a blessing to be in such a beautiful location where the Spirit was felt powerfully. The Lord's hand was evident in the planning, preparation and execution of this marvelous event! Thank you to all who participated in making it a powerful experience. May the Lord bless each of us as we continue to fortify our spiritual foundations!