The MTC youth met recently for a wonderful discussion session at Ryan & Linda Todd's lovely apartment. First we heard from Henry Goldschmidt, director of education programs at the Interfaith Center of New York, and our key contact to the synagogue and mosque we visited last year. He invited the youth to apply for a new youth fellowship at the Interfaith Center, in which 10-15 high school students from diverse religious backgrounds meet and discuss the role of religion in New York schools. The program looks exciting and informative, & we hope some of the youth apply and participate! You can learn more about the Interfaith Center here.
After Henry's presentation, Adrienne and Mike led us in discussing some of the recent MTC activities and what we have learned from them. These activities include the sign language night with the ASL missionaries, serving food at a local soup kitchen, & visiting with residents at a nursing home in Harlem. They all have a common thread in the MTC theme we have had for the past two months: "The worth of souls is great in the sight of God." We talked about how serving and connecting with others, especially those who might be different than us, helps us to remember that God loves everyone, and everyone is important to Him. Even more importantly, it helps us to see and love others as God loves them, giving us a chance to grow closer to God in the process.
We loved hearing the youth share their insightful thoughts and experiences, and we all left feeling edified and uplifted. These discussion sessions are great opportunities for the youth to open up about their thoughts and questions regarding the Church in a comfortable, faithful setting, and we all benefit from the chance to strengthen our testimonies together.