This is a quote from "Hillel the Elder" from the first century. (I thought I was so original!)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Young Men's Activity

A couple of Saturdays ago we had a Young Men's activity in our branch.  Here is our group of participants before we started.

Part of the activity included food as usual.

Teams were formed and each team was given the same ingredients.

There was no hesitation on getting started.  These young men know how to cook.

Tomatos, onions, carrots and sausage are standards.

No nshima was eaten today.  The basic was rice.  Some boiled, some fried.
Three bowls from each team were prepared for the judges.

Kristi got to be one of the judges.  By the time it was ready we were ALL ready to eat.

The winners had not fried the rice and had gone easy on the salt.
Sandwiches were also made to accompany the main course.

During the meeting part of the function, Dino was awarded the Young Men's "Duty To God" award that he had earned over the last couple of years.

This is the medallion he was given.  All the young men were told about the program and encouraged to improve their lives individually by setting goals and accomplishing them.

I was asked speak for a little bit so I told a story about how doing your assigned task to the best of your ability is all we are asked to do.  When we do that, everything seems to fall into place.

Every activity seems to take most of the day.  Time is not critical for some reason.  I seem to be the only one who is anxious to get going and start, and then move on to the next portion of a program, but I must relax more and just let things flow like everyone else.  Here all these young men hung around and everything just progressed at a steady pace.  Perhaps in the USA we are over-scheduled and finish "on time" and move on to the next activity not taking the time to just enjoy each others' company.
Here was a wide range of ages and everyone stayed on task and socialized, deepening their relationships.