Saturday, December 15, 2012

First Ever Country-Wide YSA Conference in Tanzania

After many months of planning and preparation, the first Country-Wide Young Single Adult conference in Tanzania was held Dec 13, 14 and 15 in the beautiful little town of Bagamoyo, 70km north of Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean. 61 YSA's participated with every Branch in Tanzania represented; the 4 Dar Branches, plus the Arusha and Mwanza Branches.
Daniel, Christina and Magrath enjoying a break
A Class on "Living the Standards of the Church"


 The conference included classes on: Education & Life Skills, Planning/Making Decisions, CV's & Job Interviews, Mission Preparation, Life after Mission, Temple Marriage, Living Gospel Standards, Daily Scripture Study and Receiving Personal Revelation taught by District and Branch leaders and Pres. & Sister Broadbent.  Social Activities included Getting-to-Know-You Games, eating delicious meals together each day, an All-Tanzania Dance, and a serene walk to the Beach. The last evening the YSA's enjoyed an inspiring Fireside with the Kenya Nairobi Mission President Steven H. Broadbent and his wife, Julie, which was followed by a powerful testimony meeting. The conference provided opportunities to meet other young adults, form friendships and strengthen personal testimonies. It was a HUGE success enjoyed by all who attended and will become a Tanzania YSA yearly event!
Elders Worthen & Knecht, Sisters Broadbent & Knecht making Water Balloons for Fun at the Beach

The Beach was a Beautiful Walk and just a few minutes away from the Conference Center

This Cross is a memorial to the Missionaries who landed on this Beach in 1868 to establish the First Christian Church in Tanzania.

 Prior to departing on Saturday, the conference participants made an informative and educational visit to the Bagamoyo Museum. "Bagamoyo" means "Lay Down Your Heart" and Bagamoyo was the last stop of the slaves before they left the African Continent. Visiting the museum helped everyone appreciate the great work done by so many to end the slave trade in East Africa.

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