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Photos: Institute Opening Social

January 28, 2016

Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has entreated young adults to “make institute a priority,” a goal our incredible Institute program intends to make possible for us. Earlier this month they kicked off the new semester with a fantastic social that brought students, as well as the Institute Council and faculty together through interactive games, upbeat music and my personal favorite, chips and salsa.

Of the many games that were played, my favorite was a brain teaser that involved being intricately twisted up with yarn handcuffs to a partner and left alone to untangle ourselves. It took a lot of maneuvering, perhaps one too many dramatic leaps and turns, and a lot of laughing before Nate Dransfield and I finally figured it out, but the gloating that followed afterward made it all worth it. Other games, such as scripture charades and a variation of Hedbanz were enjoyed by those in attendance. And some silly interpretive dancing around the Stoddard Center may or may not have broken out as the new stereo system blared some groovy tunes. Either way, it was a very fun night and just what I needed to end a crazy, busy first week back.

So kudos to the Institute Council for putting on such a fun activity in honor of the prophet’s call. As someone who has attended institute regularly I add my conviction to that of President Monson’s, who said: “Think of it. Friends will be made, the Spirit will be felt, and faith will be strengthened. I promise you that as you participate in institute and study the scriptures diligently, your power to avoid temptation and to receive direction of the Holy Ghost in all you do will be increased. Divine favor will attend those who humbly seek it. That is a promise which I leave with you.”

(Post by Deseret Brown ‘16. Photos by Sarah Bench ‘19.)


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