The Young Women from the Spring Gulch Ward had one wonderful night a few weeks back! The YW gathered together for an all-night Book of Mormon Read-A-Thon.
Sister Shelle H. from their Young Women Presidency summed the activity up best:
“We decided to read the Book of Mormon in 24 hours for a few reasons. We had some girls who really wanted to do it to receive the stake presidents award in seminary and some other girls wanted to use it to complete their virtue project in the young women’s personal progress program.
We decided in order to allow ourselves a few hours of sleep in the middle of the night that we would have the girls read 1 Nephi and 2 Nephi the week before so we could start on Jacob 1 the night of the read-a-thon. We had the girls show up after school on Friday May 9th by 4:00 sharp so we could get settled and get started right at 4:15 p.m. The girls did a great job all getting there so we could get started right on time.
When they showed up we gave each girl their personalized read-a-thon survival kit bag that we made ahead of time which had a scripture marking pencil, a note pad for inspirations, sticky tabs to mark a place if they got behind, a book mark, small water bottle, jolly ranchers, suckers, gum and a slim jim of course. 😉 They carried these with them throughout the night as we moved from room to room to mix it up and keep us awake.
We had Bishop F. come help us kick it off by summarizing & discussing first and second Nephi with the girls and then he read Jacob 1 with us. The awesome Spring Gulch Relief Society brought in dinner for us at 6:30 p.m. We listened to the BOM on audio while we ate meals. We had multiple cameo appearances and visitors come to read to us every couple of hours throughout the whole 24 hours. Some dressed up in character such as Captain Moroni, complete with the title of liberty and Nephi-, the girls loved it!
The Stake Young Women’s Presidency were an awesome support as well, Sister Babbitt stopped in about 10:30 p.m. to bring the girls adorable Book of Mormon treats she made and yummy rice crispy treats. Bishop F. and his wife Britt came back at 11:30 p.m. to read with the girls again for about an hour and a half until 1:00 a.m. He mixed it up and read a little bit in Spanish which was really cool! They also brought yummy breadsticks with different dipping sauces. Yummy!!!
We ended up reading until 2:00 a.m. to catch up, then we “slept” as much as we could with giggly girls–ha!….until 5:00 a.m. Truthfully we ended up with about 2 hours of sleep…. We started back up at 5:00 a.m. and had our first visitor, Captain Moroni come at 6:00 a.m. with Krispy Kreme doughnuts (those were a hit and helped wake the girls up).
When we didn’t have a visitor reading to us, we would mix it up about every 40-60 min. by either reading in small groups, alone, as a large group, or listen to audio. One of the moms, Donna B. brought us lunch on Saturday which was awesome! We wrapped it up about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10th. Bishop F. came back to finish up Moroni 8-10 with us and have closing remarks and a prayer. This was a huge success, the girls LOVED it!!! It wasn’t always easy but totally worth it!! It has opened many doors for missionary opportunities and discussions with friends of what this crazy activity was all about. Some of the girls had really amazing experiences and it has been a wonderful testimony builder for all involved! Totally recommend this activity for everyone!!!”
What a wonderful and memorable activity! Congratulations to everyone involved!
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