YSA conference held in New England

BOSTON, Mass. — Many Harvard Business School classrooms were filled to maximum capacity with more than 600 young adults on Oct. 7-9. Diverse and hard-working, these students differed from the typical MBA prospects who attend class there.

LDS young single adults gathered from across New England, with friends of members coming from the East Coast, Canada, California, Texas and Florida. They gathered for instruction and spiritual edification at an education conference sponsored by the Cambridge Massachusetts Stake. Theme of the conference focused on the Prophet Joseph Smith and Psalms 25:5, "Lead Me in Thy Truth and Teach Me."

The keynote address was given by Claudia and Richard Bushman, followed by various workshops.

The Bushmans spoke about Joseph Smith and the lessons learned through his example. As a "young striver" in his own time, Joseph teaches today's "young strivers" many things. Specific applications from Joseph Smith's life include turning to Christ during times of adversity and keeping "personal scriptures" through recording daily life experiences.

The education conference concluded with a fireside given by Ann and Truman Madsen. Sister Madsen spoke of the need to ponder scriptures daily, record promptings and pray for a deeper understanding. She spoke of the need to keep covenants and have charity: "Love closes the distance between you and the Lord, and you and your fellow men." Brother Madsen spoke about forgiving "everyone, every time and everything."

The conference planners recognized the Lord's guidance in holding a successful conference. One of the most unexpected blessings was securing the Harvard Business School. Jenny Schafer, conference co-chairman, said, "I was told multiple times we would never get the school to let us host a religious function on campus. But they approved us. To me it was a major miracle."