here are some pictures from youth conference (last month). jasmine had so much fun and said this year was the best ever! she said the best part was “the game of life” that they played on saturday before the dance.
the object of the game was to go through life by going to college, getting married, going on a honeymoon, having kids, finding a job, getting a house, buying a car, taking out loans, putting things on credit cards, etc.
sometimes with the “roll of the dice” they had some setbacks that forced them down a different road than what they wanted (like a spouse or a child dying, losing a job, unexpected medical bills, etc.) and they had to adjust their life accordingly. along the way they were able to earn “blessings” by making good choices which benefited them at the end. they had to account for where they ended up financially with the “end of game bankers” (i got to be an adult volunteer and that was my job). and all the spiritual blessings, tithing, and personal memories were squared away with the “bishop” before they died and went to “heaven.”
some kids went through the whole game without putting anything on a credit card, and some kids were in debt over a hundred thousand dollars. some of them landed on a square that told them they were a felon and had to go to jail, and some were high school drop outs. sometimes they were able to clean up their mistakes, go back to school, get better jobs, and make more money to get out of debt etc. and sometimes they ended up having to live with what they got. it was pretty much like life.
It was really a cool experience for the kids to recognize what kind of choices need to made as an adult, and that sometimes we’re not in control of what trials we face but that good choices and level headed thinking increase your chances of success dramatically.
it was a pretty big production, and the lady who does it travels around and sets it up for youth conferences all over the U.S. she said this is her 12th year doing it. i was really impressed and so glad that jasmine was able to participate, she learned alot and had tons of fun.