Over four hundred young adults spent the weekend in Hattiesburg for the annual Young Single Adults conference. This event is put on across the country by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but it is the first time to be held in Hattiesburg and in the southeastern region.
"It's important for us to gather together with someone who has the same morals and values as you do," says conference organizer and participant Keela Hill. "It's just important to get together in fellowship with them and to build relationships with people who have the same values as you do."
The weekend was filled with community service projects as well as several workshops and speakers. Special guest and former NBA player Thurl Bailey attended the Hattiesburg conference and delivered a message Sunday afternoon for the conference wrap up.
"What a fantastic group of young people, to be able to share my journey," says Bailey after sharing his message on finding a life purpose. "Obviously, mine [journey] included basketball and trying to figure out what I had a passion for in my life, and it's the same with these young people. Once you find that passion, don't be deterred from it."
Bailey also led a musical fireside on Saturday at the Thad Cochran Center on the Southern Miss campus, which is where much of the conference was held.
"The weekend was very successful," says Hill. "My heart is full."
Other YSA conferences held this weekend were in Orlando, Nashville, Charlotte and Atlanta.