My name is Dawson West. I am 14 years old and a freshman at Buffalo High School. My hobbies include: baseball, fishing, lifting weights, hanging out with friends, being a mentor at UpGrade, and swimming. I have been attending Zion since I was baptized as a baby. I have been an active member of Sunday School and Confirmation. I have participated in Joy choir, SONshine choir, bell choir, many Christmas programs, UpGrade, and Camp Wapo adventures. I currently am a confirmed member of the congregation, I sing with the Youth and Family Worship Team every Sunday, and I am a mentor at UpGrade.
Confirmation was a good experience. I think I learned the most from the service hours I spent helping others. I also learned so much from my mentor, Tammy Zumbusch. We had many great conversations and she really helped me understand things in a way that made most sense to me. For my confirmation service project I partnered with Gabe Zumbusch and we built a bench with a cross. We took the bench down to the path behind Zion near the pond so people could rest as they want and take in the beautiful place God made.
I attended camp Wapo, as mentioned before, and had a great time every time I went. The things I most enjoyed participating in were the games, swimming with everyone, devotions, the food and evening campfire talks. Camp Wapo was a great and very meaningful experience. Everyone thinking of going should do it, it’s an experience you will never forget.
I plan to continue growing my faith by participating in service at Zion on Sundays. I plan to continue being an UpGrade mentor throughout my high school years, and continue to sing with the Youth and Family worship team. I know that there are struggles throughout everyone’s faith journey. I myself have had some ups and downs. Having participated in UpGrade and getting to know Tammy, Holly, and Jennie gives me hope. They help me when I have questions. I know they will always be there if I need them. They give me hope by teaching me all of the promises God has given us and proof that He is good, and His ways are good and that He wants good things for me.