Friday, June 15, 2007

Hmmmm time to post something.

So you have girls camp coming up. I am way excited. Girls camp can be very goofy and Spiritual all at the same time. This time I am going to talk about the Spiritual side. This year, cause I'm not in summer driver's ed, I can go on the 4th year hike. That's the over night er hike. I don't generally like hiking, but since its girls camp, there is no way i would miss the opportunity. I love girls camp Its way amazing, I need that time where you are away from the world and Up in the mountains, Heavenly Father's Natural Temple. I love being there. And the Spirit that is there where each girl spends time to build each other up is just irreplaceable. I love being there. It is my Most Favorite place to go during the summer. I am so blessed to have Girls camp, I miss it every time when i leave.

Every year there is a group of youth leaders. They come one from every ward, and they have alot of responsibilities. They lead the younger girl's hikes, they do service projects, they help plan camp. They get to spend time together that the younger girls don't get to spend with each other. Its really special because they build relationships that need that time to build. This year, i can not disclose yet, we have an amazing service project that has never been done yet. We are making just a few changes that makes every thing better, approved by the stake presidency.

Every year we have the Ceremony called, "The Keeper of the Flame Ceremony." What we do is the YCLs (Youth Camp Leaders) start preparing a month before. We learn a new song called, well, "Keeper of the Flame." When you sing the song, you do sign language with it. It is so beautiful. When the song is sung and signed, it is sung and signed in the most gentile way, most loving way. Its really beautiful. Here are the words:

Believing, Receiving, the burning
Learning, Yearning, for greater
Melting the frost
Moving the lost
Through the Winds of Change
Encircled by the clouds of pain
I guard it with my life
I need the warmth
I need the light
Though the storms will rage
I stand against the pounding rain
I remain...
A Keeper of the Flame
Inspiring, Fire, blazing in truth
Living, and Giving, leading to you
Filling my Soul
Willing to go
Through the winds of Change
Encircled by the clouds of pain
I guard it with my life
I need the warmth,
I need the light
Though the Storms will rage
I stand against the pounding rain
I remain...
A Keeper of the Flame

And the signs are just so fitting with the music, it helps you to feel the spirit. What we do is, the YCLs stand in a circle next to a torch. And two of the girls have lit tourches. The YCLs sing the song, and then they have their speaking parts. They all talk about the young women's Theme and all of the values. The young women's theme is:
We are Daughters of our Heavnly Father
who loves us.
and we love him.
As we strive to live the
young women's values which are:
Devine Nature
Individual Worth
Choice and Accountability
Good Works
and Integrity
We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values,
we will be prepared to sterengthen home and family,
make and keep sacred covenants,
recieve the ordinances of the Temple,
and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.
As we talk about the theme, we light each of the other YCLs torches. When we are done talking about the theme, we sing the song again, and light the first years candles. Its really neat. I love this part of girls camp because it reminds me that i am on the lord's errand here on earth. I have a purpose and a mission. I am here not to fail, I am here to succeed. I know I can't do it alone, and I have a testimony that girls camp helps each and every one of the young women in the Church grow and strengthen their testimony more. I am so glad that this year I get to be a YCL and sing the song, and learn the sign language. I love learning, espcially sign language. It is one of my most favorite things in the whole world. I have a testimony that music moves people, and can touch the hearts of people that people themselves can not touch. I am so greatful for the leaders i have and every thing i have learned from them. I will tell you all about girls camp and the reflecting moments we have when i get back, but for now, they are secret. :D
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Happy Fast Sunday

We had this as a thought in Young Womens one week, and I thought it would be fun to share!

Try fasting with PIZZA.
Pay fast offerings.
Invite the Spirit with a prayer.
Zip on past the kitchen
Zap hunger by reading the scriptures.
Ask Heavenly Father for strength.

Well, I liked it. Happy Fast Sunday, everyone. Remember what you're fasting for, pray often.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.