New Zealand youth were excited at the opportunity to share in fellowship at the convention. The weekend’s activities kicked off with the long trek to Rotorua on the Friday, briefly stopping in Matamata. On arrival they received their hoodies, which became the unofficial uniform of the weekend. The theme of the Youth convention, was ‘Come and Share’ so they broke the ice with random questions, learning more about one another.
On Saturday morning they had presentations from ‘Attitude’ on healthy relationships and mental health from a Christian perspective. In the afternoon they learnt the importance of friendship, and surrounding themselves with likeminded individuals. All the workshops were interactive and encouraged open dialogue. The Apostle and District Apostle Helper together with the youth participated in a Nerf War and played games such as Volleyball. Following dinner the youth had a question and answer session with the Apostle and District Apostle Helper. As a new minister for New Zealand, the youth were very interested to learn more about the District Apostle Helper, especially his career as a Beef farmer and life as a Rodeo champion.
Sunday morning they were up early in anticipation of the Divine Service with District Apostle Helper Schulte and Apostle Williams. Following the service, they once again had an opportunity to share in fellowship with the Apostles.
After lunch some youth spent time talking with the minsters, while others were ready to start their adventures. These included high ropes, a flying fox through the bush and bubble soccer; where District Elder Graf and District Evangelist Thomas went head to head and soaring through the air. Those who weren’t so adventurous engaged in nerf war and mastered card games and dominos. To celebrate the last night of the Youth Convention they went on a Burm trail and shared stories around the bonfire.
The youth convention theme to ‘Come and Share’ was emphasized throughout the weekend, with many of them making new friends, and excited for the next youth event.