I was so impressed with the organization of the youth Temple trip! All the youth were given this brochure that was made just for them. It showed what group each youth was in and what their activities were for the day.
The groups were divided up by age, so all three of the boys were in a different group. This worked out great because they got to know other youth their same age. Each group did work in the Temple at different times. As you can see from the above photo their time was filled with awesome activities. There were study hours for each group and time in the Temple each day for each group. Then in the afternoon and evenings the leaders had other activities planned. There was a talent show, time to practice for talent show (which I heard was awesome), testimony meeting and other “fun” activities. One activity was a game that included “chickens” with eggs tied to their heads while others were trying to seek them and crush their eggs, while trying to find a hidden treasure.
Two youth were teamed up and tied together and then each person had to get pantyhose put over their head with a real egg attached to the top of their head. The other teams had swim “noodles” and they were the ones chasing after the chickens to crack their eggs. The goal was for the chickens to not get their egg broken while finding the hidden treasure. It was hilarious! If a chicken’s egg broke they had to run back to the starting position and get a new one tied on.
I have to add that no adults other than the leaders were allowed to be apart of the activities, testimony meeting or talent show. Aaron and I commented on how we wanted to observe our boys at these different activities and all the other adults said, “oh no, this is for the youth. They feel more comfortable without other adults there. The youth will open up more if they know other parents/adults are not present.” Once I processed this, I really thought it was a great idea and respectful of the time the youth had with one another. This was about them!
AJ, Austin and Tristan had a blast on the Temple trip. They formed wonderful friendships, had amazing spiritual experiences and had a FUN time! I am so grateful my boys had this experience that they can remember for the rest of their lives. One thing I noticed about these youth was they all wanted to have fun! There were no clicks or bad attitudes, just a group full of teenagers seeking friendship, laughter and spiritual things! There was no pretentious behavior on anyone’s part. It was refreshing and awesome! Bravo to the Toulouse Stake Leaders for doing a phenomenal job!