We have about 55 YMCA youth from around the United States in the Barlow for the next three days. One of our jobs is to be here while any group is using the physicality. This is what they are about. YMCA Youth and Government (Y&G), also known as YMCA Youth In Government is a YMCA program in the United States that allows high school students to serve in model governments at the local, state, national, and international levels. The YMCA Youth and Government program currently operates in 38 states and Washington, DC. The organization's mission is to "help create the next generation of thoughtful, committed and active citizens" by teaching them the "principles of a democratic society." They also intend to create leaders through their roles in the models of local, state and national government. The premise is that "leaders are developed by doing."
We asked that if they used the building (all non-members) that we get to explain just a little bit about the Church. We opened it up to questions and fielded question for about 35 minutes until their leaders had to stop them so they could get on with their program. I think we left a favorable opinion of the Church. We had one young lady that wanted to nail us on the trinity. I think we answered her question. They were surprised that we read and taught the Bible. We are teaching the New Testament right now. She said how can you read the Bible and not believe in the trinity. Elder Anthony quoted from memory the account of Jesus being baptized and a voice of God speaking and Holy Ghost represented by a dove. I used the stoning of Stephen, as he died saying I see Jesus on the right hand of God.
They will use the Barlow from 7 to 10 Thursday and Friday and on Saturday from 12 to 4. This means that we will have been out until 10 or after for 4 or the 5 nights this week. Our days can sometimes be long.