Youth Focus on Saturday evening, February 12, began as always with a delicious dinner. There was homemade lasagna, garlic bread, and salad. For dessert, everyone was given deep fried ice cream with whipped cream, sprinkles, and other toppings.
After dinner, Azaria Charles led the group in a game called “Who Said It?” Teams were given quotes from the Bible and had to name the speaker. The game was both fun and challenging! Following that, there was a time of singing led by Caleb Copko.
For the study portion of the evening, Erik Calhoun played an audio recording of a devotional given in January by Peter Sletmoe at special meetings in Medford, Oregon. The devotional was about seeking God and how important it is to spend time around the altar. He talked about how needful it is to seek God day-to-day in order to be able to meet Him at the altar on Sundays. He also spoke about different ways to seek God in very practical ways, including the music one listens to and use of social media.
After the audio recording, Brother Erik took the group on a “field trip” to the tabernacle sanctuary. Everyone sat in the first couple rows of chair, where they had a clear view of the altars. Brother Erik talked about how special it is to seek God around the altars, and told about memories he had of getting saved, and seeing his friends receive experiences from God around the altars. Then he gave people a chance to share experiences they had at the altars during camp meetings. One person spoke of being sanctified there, and another talked about being saved. Matt Lesher remembered a time when so many people were seeking God after a youth service that they had to cancel the service that evening.
At the end of the talk, Brother Erik reminded everyone again of how important it is to seek God, especially as young people. The evening concluded with a time of prayer at the altars in the tabernacle.