Weaving the tapestry of faith in the heartland

Oklahoma is called the Sooner State because settlers staked their claims in the Indian Territories a little "sooner" than was legal. Similarly, the Oklahoma statewide youth pageant and conference was a success before it officially started.

LDS youth represent about one percent of students in Oklahoma's High Schools. That translates into kids in outlying areas that are the only members in their high schools. "Everyone knows I'm a member of the Church. They ask a lot of questions," Marisa Riddoch said. She's the only member in her high school of about 500 students. Three girls that have no LDS boys in their high school admitted that "It kinda stinks," but added, "It makes something like this really fun for us."

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