Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Ultimate Youth Convention 2014

Ultimate Youth Convention 2014 (UYC14) was hosted by the Devonport Australia Stake at Queechy High School in Launceston from Wednesday 1 October 2014 to Saturday 4 October 2014.  The UYC14 theme was taken from Moroni 10:32 - "Come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him and deny yourselves of all ungodliness".

After months of planning and two days of set up, 76 youth arrived on site on Wednesday afternoon and, upon registration, were divided into 5 tribes - the Ammonites, the Amulekites, the Teancumites, the Abinadites and Captain Moroni's Troop!  Each tribe was led by a group of dedicated and well-trained young single adults, serving as YSA Counsellors, to lead the youth through the next four days of intensive spiritual, social, emotional and personal growth and development.

UYC14 featured a comprehensive program of tribal camps, daily devotionals, tailored class sessions, activities, service & sports, special presentations on the Book of Mormon, the Prophet Joseph Smith and missionary service and three amazing dances, facilitated by prepared and diligent presenters and complimented by uplifting music and imagery.  The highlight and purpose of UYC14 was the dedicated devotional sessions aimed at helping our youth learn why and how they can "come unto Christ" as individual children of Heavenly Father, and how they can invite others to come with them.  We were so pleased to also welcome a number of non-members and less-active youth at UYC14.

Four days of learning, laughter and love culminated in individual tribal testimony meetings where almost all of the youth and YSA participants were able to bear testimony and share feelings about marvellous, miraculous and life-changing experiences that were had during UYC14.  In addition, old friendships were renewed and new friendships fostered.  Barriers and challenges were overcome.  Unity was forged amongst the youth, YSA and leaders of the Devonport and Hobart Stakes, and resolutions were made to commit and recommit to living the principles, ordinances and covenants of the gospel.

Thousands of man-hours went into the organisation, set up and delivery of a fantastic UYC14.  Sincere thanks to the twenty dedicated members of the UYC14 Organising Committee for a mighty effort.  Also, thank you to over 120 additional members who served the youth at UYC14 in some capacity, whether large or small.  Thanks also to our Priesthood leaders for their vision and foresight to hold such an event, and finally, we acknowledge our loving Heavenly Father for His spirit and blessings upon us for a wonderful event and wonderful experience for all involved.