General Convention has already been a learning experience and it is only officially day 1! When I arrived on Tuesday I was very overwhelmed mostly because it was a long travel day, but also because I was extremely nervous. I am the youngest delegate in this group and that was a very intimidating thought in my mind. However little I began to warm up to that idea as I began to meet all of the members of the group and instead of feeling like the baby of the group I felt like a peer and an equal.
I am starting to get the hang of how convention runs and also becoming to get more involved and excited about many of the resolutions. I have been learning so much about how the church works and their views on many worldly topics. However the most inspiring learning I am doing is through my group and all the adults and youth I have genuine and great conversation with.
Last night at the EPF reception in St. Marks Cathedral, I had the honor of sitting and having an incredible conversation with a senior deputy from Minnesota. Our conversation started off by just telling each other where we were from and what we were doing in GC78, as it progressed I noticed how genuine and happy his smile was and how excited he seemed to be speaking to me. He told me his experiences as a youth and his experience in the Vietnam War. He spoke about how during his time the young members of the community stood up for what the believed in and protested and spoke about the issues in this country that were harming their lives. He then continued to say how we as youth during these difficult times in the United States needed to wake up and stand up for what we believe in as well, then proceeded and thanking me for being a youth who was working towards that and how he was proud of many of the youth who are now working towards change. During that nice conversation I realized what my purpose was in this convention and I received a lot of inspiration through just one conversation, and I am excited to keep on making relationships through these important conversations.