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Stake Youth Recognition

On April 26, 2017, the Mesquite Nevada Stake held a recognition dinner and program for youth in the stake that had accomplished the requirements for the Young Women Recognition and Duty to God awards. 17 Young Women and 5 Young Men were recognized by the Stake Young Men/Young Women Presidencies. The youth along with some young women leaders who earned their Young Woman Recognition Awards were invited to attend a dinner along with their parents to recognize and celebrate their efforts in earning their Duty to God and Young Womanhood Recognition Awards. Following the dinner, the youth participated in a program, to which all young men and young women were invited to attend. Youth spoke on their opportunities to earn their awards at how earning their awards will keep them "Anchored to Christ", the theme for the evening.

To earn the award the women had to accomplish such goals as attending church meetings and seminary regularly, reading the Book of Mormon, recording her testimony, living the standards in For the Strength of Youth, completing a ten-hour project in each of the YW values (Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Good Works, Integrity and Virtue), and completing a required value experience in each of those same areas.

Some young women were also recognized for completing work after achieving the above award. An Honor Bee is awarded to those that read the Book of Mormon again and complete an additional 40 hours of service.

The Young Men’s Duty to God award involves the completion of the required activities in areas such as strengthening their testimonies and relationship with God, learning and fulfilling their priesthood duties and applying the standards from For the Strength of Youth.

Aleta Ruth was asked to prepare the program, along with a musical number sung by the honorees that evening. Kim Thurston created a video that was also viewed that evening. The video included testimonies from each youth on how the programs anchor them to Christ. Each youth also received a photo of themselves.

Following the program refreshments were served for all who attended.



Kari Wakefield

Favorite Religious Song: Come Unto Christ.

Why did you decide to earn your Honor Bee?I wanted to serve others and grow closer to my Savior. As I served others and read the Book of Mormon, I felt anchored to the gospel and felt an increase of surety in my testimony.

Maddie Mitchell.

Favorite Scripture: Alma 26:12. Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.

Taylor Barnum.

Favorite Scripture: Matthew 5:16. Ye are the light of the world, a city set on a hill, cannot be hid.

Favorite Value: Faith. The value Faith has helped me know to trust in God and what he puts in front of me, that with Christ’s help, I can get through it.

Margaret Hafen.

Favorite Value: Divine Nature. It helped me learn/ develop skill that can help me now and when I become a mother. Why did you earn your Medallion? My mom and grandma’s were earning theirs and we were able to work on parts of it together.

Jackie Hughes.

Favorite Scripture: 1 Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Favorite Value: Individual Worth. It helped remind me of my worth to God when the world make us feel not so worthy.

Emmalyn Barnum.

Favorite Hymn: A Poor Wayfaring Man

Favorite Scripture: 1 Nephi 3:7.And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my

father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may

accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

Kallie Graves.

Favorite Value: Virtue. Virtue is a patter of thoughts/action based on high morals, so with virtue I have integrity, faith...all the values. In the scripture some women are described as “Virtuous” and that is the highest praise I think you can receive.

Kylie Cannon.

Favorite Quote: “Jesus Christ is our last chance.

He is our only chance. He will show us the way because he is the way.” Sheri Dew

Favorite Value: Good Works. For my project, I had the opportunity with my cousins to make and take blankets to the children’s hospital.

Calla Haviland.

Favorite Quote: True happiness comes only by making others happy. —David O. McKay

Favorite Value: Individual Worth. I know that we are all worth so much in God’s eyes. We are enough.

Britton Wilson

Brayton Tobler.

Favorite Scripture: Alma 38:12. Use boldness, but not overbearance; and also see that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love; see that ye refrain from idleness.

Favorite Quote: But because the work of preaching the gospel is the Lord’s work, He inspires, guides, and directs His authorized servants.

Favorite Quote. You’re called to serve, you’re assigned to a place.

Jace Haviland.

Favorite Scripture: Ether 12:27. And if men come unto me, I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me, for if they humble themselves before me and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

Layton Woods.

Favorite Scripture: John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Kinlee Clark.

Favorite Scripture: John 15:13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Why did you decide to earn your Honor Bee? It’s always been my goal and I love working on things that draw me closer to Christ.

Bernice Fiso.

Favorite Hymn: I Stand All Amazed

Favorite Value: Good Works

I ABSOULTELY love serving others and the

feeling I get when I see other’s reaction/smile

Alyson Cook.

Favorite Scripture: Alma 32:21

And now as I said concerning faith — faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.

Chris Cannon.

Favorite Quote: “If you want to give a light to

others, you have to glow yourself.”

—President Thomas S. Monson

Favorite Hymn: I Need Thee Every Hour

No matter what situation I am at in my life, I always need the Lord to be with me, and this song reminds me that I can always have him with me.

Sarah Walters.

Favorite Scripture: 2 Nephi 31:20

Press Forward with a Steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope.

Favorite Value: Divine Nature

I got to learn about MY divine nature and the experiences were a lot fun.

Cecilia Wahl.

Favorite Quote: “Remember, heaven is filled with those who have this in common: They are forgiven, and they forgive.” —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Favorite Value: Good Works

I got to serve others and bring joy to people’s lives. It also was the value that I felt drew me closest to Christ.

Shantel Galindo.

Favorite Scripture: Proverbs 3:3-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Favorite Virtue: Faith in the Lord allows me to grow a stronger testimony and continue to believe I am a Daughter of my Heavenly Father.

Ally Wright.

Favorite Scripture: 3 Nephi 12:16

Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.This scripture reminds us that We are witnesses of God! Be an Example!

Abigail Barnum.

Favorite Quote: Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in everyday.

Favorite Value: Individual Worth.Because it taught me more about my self and that I am a Daughter of God.

Stake Youth Recognition Program

April 26, 2017

“Anchored in Christ”

“One of the greatest blessings of life and eternity is to be counted as one of the

devoted disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

—President James E. Faust

Presiding: President Anderson

Conducting: Bernice Fiso

Opening Song: Hymn 196: Jesus Once of Humble Birth

Chorister: Taylor Barnum (Earning Medallion)

Pianist: Becky Teschner (Earning Medallion)

Opening Prayer: Riley Waite

Testimony: Julie Huang (Earning Medallion)

Talk: Kinlee Clark (Earning Honor Bee)

Youth Choir: Behold, I am a Disciple of Christ

Talk: Cecilia Wahl (Earning Medallion)

Talk: Jace Haviland (Earning Duty to God)

Remarks: Amy Marshall

Video Presentation: Anchored in Christ

Closing Remarks: President Anderson

Closing Song: Hymn 86: How Great Thou Art

Closing Prayer: Kylie Cannon

Special Thanks to the Women of the Stake for their righteous examples in

earning their Medallions and also Honor Bees.

Mesquite 4th Ward:

Susan Hafen: Honor Bee

Elinor Lewis: Medallion

Janeece Noel: Honor Bee

Mesquite 5th Ward:

Julie Huang: Medallion

Amy Marshall: Honor Bee

Mesquite 6th Ward:

Maxine Curry: Honor Bee

Dawn Hafen: Medallion

Victoria Hafen: Medallion

Cheryl Jensen: Honor Bee

Becky Teschner: Medallion and Honor Bee

“It is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall”

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