EDMOND—About 40 students came to the student lounge at the John Amos Field House stage on the evening of November 4 to share Feast of Tabernacles memories and a casual dance.
Senior Adiel Granados presented a slideshow of Feast photos that students had submitted after returning from festival sites in six American states and in South Africa, Australia, Canada and England.
Students snacked on cheese and crackers along with pink lemonade. Tony Seme, a sophomore student from Tanzania, Africa, said he had never seen pink lemonade before and was fascinated by the idea of pink lemons, but remains skeptical.
Several told stories about their experiences at festival sites around the world. Junior George Haddad, who went to Kentucky, said the many elderly brethren there “told me how much they would give to be in my shoes, and that made me ask myself, how much would I give to be in my shoes? How much am I giving to be in my shoes?”
Sophomore Carleigh Blanchet said that she found it inspiring to see her sister and her husband at the Feast in Australia, along with their newborn son.
Senior Josué Michels of Germany shared how he saw his mother again for the first time since leaving for college. He finally caught up with her after not seeing her for the first few days he was in England. He related, “I looked at her and said, ‘Hello mother,’ and she looked at me and said, ‘Put on a jacket.’”
Senior Gino Chi, the student body president, finished up the storytelling by relaying how service-orientated the Feast can be for those who stay in Edmond. He recalled that one of the messages focused on working to fill a need, even if you didn’t volunteer to do it. He said, “You didn’t volunteer, you were chosen, and that is an honor.”
The night ended with music filling the gymnasium and students dancing with or without a partner. Freshman student Parker Campbell led a line dance that he had learned at a Philadelphia Youth Camp several years earlier. Then students partnered up for a freeze dance, to see who could stay the most still when the music stopped playing. The winners of the contest were Seme and freshman Leilani King.