Camp this year was WONDERFUL!! I loved nearly every minute of it. The last night of camp when the bishopric came for testimony meeting he asked us to share the highlights, it was impossible to choose just one highlight, there were so many great moments. Some of my favorites were;
- Ultimate Uno right before bed, or any other time we could squeeze it in, there was a lot of screaming, outright laughing, and competition. We saw every one's true colors when we played, and we loved it!
- Reading a fantastic little book called Beautiful by Jenny Phillips, I highly recommend this book to all women and even men, it was great! Everyone in our camp was touched in one way or another by the book.
- Singing Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be for the first time with my girls and making our dear priesthood holders blush and giggle, by the time we were to the 2nd verse we were all nearly "laughing so hard the tears ran down our legs" :)
- Hanging crystals every time someone did a service. By the end of camp we had 100 "SHINY" crystals hanging with rainbows dancing all around to remind us that we are like crystals and if we will let the light of our Savior shine through us others will be drawn to our beautiful rainbow of values and in reverse if we will work on our rainbow of Personal Progress values others will see His light shine through us and be drawn to Him. The 100 crystals and 100 acts of service were also a way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of girls camp.
- Roasting marshmallows on the grill, because no fires were allowed.
- Having so much fun with the girls that I often forgot I was a leader and more then once when the girls asked for permission to do something I said "I don't know, go ask a leader" - the looks they gave me were priceless. :)
- D.E.A.R. time - Drop Everything And Read. each day we had a 1/2 hour-45 min. dear time where we got to read from our scriptures and ponder. It was wonderful, so much so that I have begun to attempt to implement D.E.A.R. time at home with my boys ( a future post will go into greater detail :))
- Being in nature. I love it! I think part of me is the "tree hugger" that so many others loath. There is such peace and clarity when you are removed from the "world". There really is a spirit in nature that draws you closer to heaven and heavenly things. I love that peace, I crave that peace, and long for the day when I can realistically be out in nature regularly.
"Several weeks ago I stood in the celestial room of the Reno Nevada Temple. The light streaming into that room was brilliant and was made even more so by the crystal chandelier, which reflected the light on its many carved facets into rainbows of illumination everywhere. It took my breath away as I realized that the Savior is “the light and the life of the world,”that it is His light we must hold up and reflect. We are the tiny crystals that reflect His light, and in order to do that, we must be clean and free from the dust of the world. As I stood in the temple that day, I heard again in my mind Moroni’s call to us—the daughters of Zion: “Awake, and arise from the dust.” “And touch not the evil gift, nor the unclean thing.” “Awake, and arise … , and put on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of Zion … , that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he hath made unto thee, O house of Israel, may be fulfilled.”" Sister Elaine S. Dalton
Shine On :)