The Priest/Laurel Retreat will begin at the KENTWOOD Building at 5:00pm Friday, 11/13. This is a change from the KSC that was originally planned.
Details are coming to light for the 2015 Priest / Laurel Retreat.
Please visit the Activities > Conferences & Retreats page for more details.
The new Kent Stake Youth Trek 2015 website has launched!
The trek website can be found here: http://www.kentstakeyouthtrek.org.
Please make note of this new website (and bookmark it in your favorite web browser) as all pertinent information and documents pertaining to the 2015 trek will be found there as we work to prepare for our pioneer hand-cart trek this year.
Also, in order to receive important notifications regarding trek, please plan to enter your name, email address, and cell phone # (by volunteer opt-in) – this page is coming soon on the new trek website; more information to come…
Stake Priest / Laurel Fireside (August 24, 2014)
On Sunday, August 24th, the priests and laurels of the stake enjoyed a fireside that focused on family history and temple work. President Stroud introduced the newly sustained Stake Young Women and Stake Young Men Presidencies.
President Wing spoke briefly and reminded the priests, laurels, and stake leaders of the goal to research 10 family names and serve as proxy for their baptism and confirmation ordinances by November 11, 2014 – the date for the next priest / laurel temple trip.
President and Sister Olson, the president and matron of the Seattle Washington Temple, shared inspirational messages about the temple and the ordinances performed therein. They also answered questions that the youth submitted.
Scouting Rendezvous (September 5-6, 2014)
Approximately 80 young men and their leaders assembled at Ensign Ranch for the annual Scouting Rendezvous. On Friday, the wards set up camp, had their dinners, and then assembled later that evening with the other scouts and leaders throughout the stake for a campfire program. On Saturday, amidst plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 80s, the young men were able to test their skills and teamwork at the rifle range, climbing wall, and ropes course. A combined group of scouts from the Lake Meridian and Lake Sawyer Wards set a new Ensign Ranch record for an obstacle at the ropes course in which 21 scouts had to transfer one-by-one from one crowded wooden platform to another by swinging on a rope. The previous record was 17 boys.
21 Scouts on a platform, a new record!
Last man over the wall
…whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same. Doctrine & Covenants 1:38
Our fall Kent Washington Stake Conference begins Saturday September 20, 2014 and concludes on Sunday September 21, 2014. The following meetings are scheduled:
- Priesthood Leadership Meeting – Saturday September 20 @ 4:00pm
- Evening Session for ages 12 and older – Saturday September 20 @ 7:00pm
- General Session for all ages – Sunday September 21 @ 10:00am (Stake Presidency reorganized)
Priest / Laurel Swim Party
The summer was kicked off (a little early) on Friday May 30th with a swim party and BBQ held for the priests and laurels of the Auburn, Kent, Maple Valley, and Renton Stakes. Our older youth enjoyed swimming, tennis, volleyball, the fire pit, and tons of great food.
Stake Youth Conference
This year’s stake youth conference began at the Kent Stake Center on July 26th and lasted through July 29th. The theme for the conference was ‘Mission Possible‘; portraying that all things are possible through Christ the Lord. A few highlights include the following:
- Thursday evening: after the attending youth navigated a ‘laser‘; obstacle course on the stage, Brother Nils P. Nelson of the Auburn Institute provided the conference opening address. Brother Nelson fired up the youth and encouraged them to have Christ on their team as they work to complete their mission on earth. President Stroud also conducted a role-play with the youth and Sister Cindy Hainer welcomed the young men and women providing an overview and introduction of the remaining sessions of conference.
- After the opening session, the youth were off to the homes of their host families.
- Friday morning brought training (including role-plays) by the Federal Way Mission district leaders (FTMs) followed by a well-received question and answer session.
- Friday afternoon brought family history research with adding memories training (FamilySearch.org) by Brother La Mont Palmer and several family history specialists from the stake; the youth also enjoyed indexing grave sites at Tahoma National Cemetery.
- Friday evening brought a senior dinner and program entitled ‘Music Through the Years‘ the youth did a great job making our seniors feel welcome and honoring them throughout the night. During the program, the youth sang and danced their way into the hearts of our senior members of the stake (65 and older). Afterward the youth and leaders cleaned up and then the youth were off to their host families for the night.
- Saturday morning found the youth headed up to the Bellevue Stake Center for classes and quiet time at the Seattle Temple. The classes were on scripture reading and prayer and were taught by Sister Katie Tyler and Marcia & Lamar Jacobs respectively. The youth really enjoyed their presentations and then relished some personal time in the stake center and via walking the temple grounds (in the rain!). After the morning session, the youth and leaders converged on Vasa Park Resort in Bellevue for a huge/tasty BBQ with outdoor activities and swimming in Lake Sammamish.
- Sunday evening brought the concluding testimony meeting and was enjoyed by all present (a great mix of testimonies from both the young women and young men)
For additional details, see the following blog post: ‘Mission Possible SYC 2014‘.
Priest / Laurel Activity
The priests and laurels of our stake enjoyed a nice Wednesday night Mutual activity on July 30th, swimming and playing in the water at the Carter home on Lake Meridian. Refreshments were also enjoyed by the entire group.
Kent Stake Outdoor Dance
Saturday evening August 16th brought the 4 stakes 14+ youth out to President Stroud’s home for an outdoor dance. The weather was perfect and great treats topped off a wonderful evening. The AP/YW also enjoyed a potluck at the Stroud home beforehand. Thank you Strouds!
Priest / Laurel Temple Fireside
On the evening of August 24th, President Thomas R. Olson of the Seattle Temple presidency spoke to the older youth (P/Ls) concerning temple blessings, and he also answered many questions on various topics pertaining to the temple. President Dick Wing also spent a few minutes reminding the youth of the stake’s invitation to do family history research for their ancestors and take 10 names (they have prepared) to the temple in November.