Thursday, May 3, 2012

Rite of passage....

Now that she is of age, I took my oldest to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend General Young Women's Meeting--held annually every March.  Young Women's is the program for girls ages 12-18 of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  The members of the General Young Women's presidency all speak, as well as a member of the First Presidency (the prophet or one of his counselors).

The meeting is broadcast all over the world so we could have watched it at our local stake center, but my hubby and I wanted to start another tradition, so we decided we'd take each child, when they were twelve, to attend the YW (Young Women's) meeting or the Priesthood Session of General Conference (held bi-annually).

ANYWAYS....  it was so neat to be able to make a quick weekend trip--just us two!  We were able to walk all over Temple Square and see a lot.  She is only about 4 inches shorter than me now, so she was able to keep up with my crazy-fast walking pace.  Walking double-time meant that we were able to visit several places and go on a few tours.  I love being able to zip in and out of crowds!

We used to live in Provo, UT back when my hubby and I were students at BYU.  I've only been back to UT twice since graduation.  Only one of those times did we visit Temple Square but that was just to snap a few pictures in the North Temple Visitor's Center.

The last time I really toured anything here was back when she was 14 months old (when hubby and I were still students).  Which means, I didn't see anything because I was keeping track of her.

 At the Conference Center and restless, restless, restless!

11 years later, she is relishing every tour and listening to every word and asking intelligent and deep questions.  She is a life-long learner for sure.  We had several moments to ponder and feel the Spirit.  So precious.

We even had time to squeeze in a quick run through the brand new City Creek outdoor mall (SWARMS of people--whew!)

And see my brother's recent theatre performance,

have brunch with my siblings, who live in Utah (no picture) and their families,

and catch "The Hunger Games" with Effie (my sis).

Looking forward to returning when child #2 hits the mark.


Susan said...

What a neat idea! I'm sure she will remember that trip always.

the Holyoaks said...

I can't belive that baby you had in college is in YW now! How are we this old? I love that you are taking your daughters to the YW broadcast. It seems like a lot of people take the boys to PH session and I think the girls deserve a trip too!

Marie' said...

What a fun tradition!

Tara said...

What a great trip! I think it's a neat tradition and glad you guys had a great time.

Eva said...

What an awesome trip! I remember the day I received your daughter's 1-month old picture. It's neat to see that she's all grown up!

M-Z-T said...

It was great to see the two of you for a while!

Come back soon!

Carrie said...

I love this. What a great idea, I may have to steal it for next year when my oldest turns 12.

Lynnette said...

That is a great idea! Sounds like you has a great time.