12,000 youth of Boise area attend fireside

BOISE, Idaho — About 12,000 youth gathered in Boise on Sunday, June 19, to hear the adventures of Elder John H. Groberg of the Presidency of the Seventy and author of In the Eye of the Storm, from which was made a movie, "The Other Side of Heaven."

"I have already seen the movie with the commentary, but I want to see what he has to say about it," said Addison Weaver, 15, Nampa 11th Ward.

So did the other thousands of youth from the southern Idaho and eastern Oregon region.

Elder Groberg, president of the Idaho Area, and his wife, Jean, were the main attraction for a fireside June 19 at the Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University in Boise.

"What is the most important decision that you have to make?" Elder Groberg asked the youth in his address. Was it football? A date? What car to buy? What job to pursue? What school to attend? Elder Groberg then suggested that in addition to these temporal decisions, that the youth should consider something that would make them happy both temporally and eternally: "Choose to keep the commandments of God under all conditions."

The theme of the fireside was based on Proverbs 3:5: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."

Decide now to obey God and He will direct your paths, promised Elder Groberg. He told the young men that it is a responsibility of the priesthood to serve a mission. The young women have the opportunity to serve, but their responsibility is to make sure the young men are kept enthused and worthy to serve missions.

To illustrate his point, Elder Groberg used three clips from the movie, "The Other Side of Heaven."

Morgan Price, 17, of the Kimberly 2nd Ward, liked the clip that showed how Jean's love saved Elder Groberg when he was drowning in the ocean. She likened it to how God's love will save us.

When asked if the movie followed the book, Elder Groberg said he thought it was pretty close. Sister Groberg said it was "Hollywoodized," because he was never that good of a dancer as portrayed in the movie.