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A group of Young Women from Norway had a memorable General Conference weekend.

Instead of watching it on satellite, they got to see it live at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

The trip was initiated by their Young Women leader, Cecilie Lundgreen, after she visited Utah in 2011.

"I've been teaching Young Women for three years and I just really wanted to find a way to help them grow their testimonies," Lundgreen said. "While I was in the temple the Lord said, you know CC (Cecilie) if you love these girls as much as you say you do, take them here. Let them have the experience you had and hopefully that will help them grow a strong testimony."

After a week of amazing experiences, each of the girls say that their testimonies have grown and that they will never forget their trip.

The Young Women began their week in Utah with a hike up Ensign Peak with General Young Women president, Sister Elaine Dalton, who used the opportunity to teach the young women an important lesson about virtue.

After waving a yellow banner atop Ensign Peak and shouting their message to the world, she asked the girls to cut the scarf.

"She asked us to cut a little piece of the cloth and all the young women were going to put that piece in their wallet and give that to their future husband when they met him and tell him, 'I kept pure'", said Cathrine Apelseth-Aanensen, Young Women president of the Oslo Stake.

"It will always remind me to stand up for my religion," said young woman, Naomi Blomquist.

Other testimony building experiences included a tour of Temple Square and three trips to the temple to do baptisms for the dead. They topped off the week attending sessions of General Conference.

"I knew it was big, but not that big," said Sara Joneid.

The girls said they were especially touched by the spirit of the music in the Conference Center, and the feeling as President Thomas S. Monson entered the building.

"I hope they can go back and tell everybody what they have experienced so they can feel something of hte spirit that these girls have experienced, " Apelseth-Aanensen said.

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