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Apr022013

My Favorite Day of All Time

My granddaughter Sidney had a great opportunity last weekend, and I asked her to share her experience with you. This is a pretty personal blog, but most of my blogs are! Since my blog is pretty much my journal, I hope you understand. . .

Every year our church has a meeting for young women ages 12-18 and their leaders and mothers. The meeting is in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, and it’s broadcast around the world. Each year a different group of young women sing, and this year, a group from our area was invited to sing, and I got to be part of the group!

It was amazing! They asked us to do a lot as we prepared. We learned five different songs, and we memorized the words and the parts; I tried to listen to the CD they gave us every day. Because we were singing so many songs, we knew we would be on the camera a lot and we wanted people to know how we felt about the Savior just by looking at our faces. Because of that, our leaders asked us to read our scriptures and pray every morning and night and work on making good choices so we’d have the Spirit with us.

I have to say it was hard. I was so busy with school and stuff that sometimes I would forget to pray or read my scriptures. But every week, our director would tell us that if we forgot, we could start again and just keep trying. We didn’t have to be perfect, we just had to be trying our best.

We practiced every Sunday for six weeks, and the practices were two and a half hours! Each week the director would teach us something about the songs that we were singing. She wanted us to have our own testimonies of the songs and believe for ourselves that the words of the songs were true, so we looked deeper into the meanings of the songs.

Saturday we left at 11 in the morning and didn’t get home until 9:30, so it was a long day. During the day we practiced and had a devotional and stuff. They told us that young women around the world were praying for us. When we finally walked into the room it was insane—everything we had been working toward came together, and it was awesome. There was such a strong spiritual feeling. . . a lot of the girls got emotional. That day was incredible, probably my favorite day of all time!

If you want to watch the broadcast, click here. I was on camera a couple of times; see if you can pick me out (I’m wearing an orange cardigan)!

I’ve definitely changed. I’m more aware of what I’m listening to now, and I’m starting to realize that some of the music I listen to isn’t the best! I try to choose music that makes me happy.  I’m also in the habit of praying and reading the scriptures. I feel way better now. It just makes me feel better to be doing the stuff that I know helps me have the Spirit with me all the time. I love that feeling!

 

 

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Reader Comments (9)

Well Sidney you really are an amazing young woman. You come from great stock and it is so inspirational to talk to a teenager who knows where they have been and where they want to go. I teach High School Science in Australia and look after the pastoral care of 200 final year students and I think a few of them may benefit from the directional wisdom you display at your tender age. You go girl!!! Love looking at photos of the women in your family and you can see the spirituality in their faces.......... congratulations and you should stand a little taller....
April 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersharon davis
What amazing insight! Thank you for sharing - this was great to read. I love the lessons here...simple ones of discipline - reading Scripture daily, practice prepares you, etc - to larger ones- deeper thinking of what the music says to our Spirits and how we want to live our lives (with the Spirit in us). This young lady is amazing.
April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
That sounds like an amazing day! You are turly blessed and very talented. Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed it very much.
April 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermaria getz
Thank you for sharing what was a personal experience with us. You have done an amazing job in telling your story and it was nice that Shelli asked you to share it. I did click on the link and watched the video. What beautiful voices and inspiring music. It is evident that this day was a special blessing to you young women.
April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
I am not LDS but her experience rings true. The feeling and experience and knowing of what you put in you get out ten-fold is inherent whenever we put the Lord first in our lives. Awesome story. thanks for sharing!
April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAZAnjanette
Thank you, Shelli, for posting this for all of us to enjoy. It was a lovely and joyous experience. Sidney, you are indeed lucky to be a part of such a strong and meaningful faith to guide you. Each of you who participated in this program definitely had the Spirit conveyed from within ~ well done!
April 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLola G.
Thanks for sharing your story, Sidney. A forever memory!
April 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendie Waldman
Sidney, I have watched you grow up (in photos) your whole life and I must say that you have grown into a beautiful young woman. I am amazed that you shared your testimony with all the people that read your grandma's blog, some adults have a hard time doing that! Well done! I know your Savior is pleased with all that you have done. Just keep sharing your light!
April 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Davidse
Thank you for sharing Sidney!
April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJackie Martinez

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