TROY, Ala. — Nearly 1,000 young people from Northwest Florida and lower Alabama stakes — comparable to a diocese — traveled to Troy University last month to attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Youth Conference.
The stakes from this area included Fort Walton Beach, Tallahassee, Mobile, Ala., Panama City and Dothan, Ala.
The July 11-12 conference theme was “Stand Ye in Holy Places and be Not Moved.”
Attendees also participated in a conference service project contest to collect nonperishable protein food for the Salvation Army. Fort Walton Beach stake winners provided 650 pounds, and Crestview Ward 2 winners provided 221 pounds. 1,700 pounds was collected.
Brad Wilcox, professor at Brigham Young University and author, was the featured speaker. His books include "The Continuous Atonement" and other spiritual works. Wilcox was inspiring to the youths and their leaders as well, with his stories and analogies demonstrating Gospel principles.
“Youth Conference was a blast. Getting to meet a ton of people who share my faith was a great experience,” Crestview resident Chapman Tew said.
Crestview ward attendees were Keidra Perdue, Kali Mobley, Laken Smith, Brittany Mathews, Ashley Mathews, Madison Corbin, Kira Triplett, Sara Curdy, Kortnie Perkins J.J. Mathews, Hunter Walker, Sean Gabany, Brandon Triplett, Mathew Samuoles, Tew, Michael Baltimore, Adam White, Holly Tew, Toni Bludworth and Jesse Moore.