then it was time for snack...and ward time. b couldn't come because he was watching our kids and he was really swamped at work. so his first counselor, tenari tauvao and his wife came up to give a lesson...it was kind of hard to give a lesson to 2 girls who weren't there...they had wondered off somewhere...but nice to sit and enjoy their company.
we helped deanne from the eagleridge ward cook a delicious dutch oven meal and dessert. i love her so much. she is the best. and then i gave the spiritual thought that heather had prepared. i read 'daughter of a king'. it was such a wonderful book and any of you who have daughters really need to buy this book. i think heather got it a seagull book or deseret book. i cried both times i read it to f before camp. she also prepared a mirror with a quote that said 'you are precious in the sight of god'. it doesn't matter what we look like on the outside...that makes us a princess...it's how we live and treat others that's important. if we seek for the 'crystal palace' and act like the princesses we know we are then we will see and live with the 'king' again. i just loved this thought, thank you, heather. you are truly inspired.
dinner was yummy and after we finished it was time for a slide show of camp and the week before...way cute... and jen baron went home and jen thatcher arrived. she is so good. we watched the slide show as i got jen all caught up and then it was time for testimony meeting. i love testimony meeting. we were a little disappointed with the lack of 'testimonies' born though. pretty much all the girls got up and said how thankful they were to be here and how much they love their friends...but there was a lot of laughing, giggling, pointing people out in the audience...the spirit was there and then gone. luckily some of the older girls got up at the end and brought the spirit back. jen and i discussed how as mothers we need to teach our children what a testimony is and how to bear it. i don't think young women get those lessons. it was a little disappointing.
we headed back to camp and lit a fire and roasted...chocolate bars. yummy! we sat around enjoying eachother's company and the warmth of the fire. after the girls were in bed we packed the car with everything we wouldn't need for the next morning. as we went to our cabin, or concentration camps as carrie called them, i was so thankful jen was there. we all got into our pajamas and were settling down when she pulled out her scriptures and asked us to share our favorite one with the group. she is so good. i could really feel of her sweet spirit as we discussed and listened to these young girls share their favorite scriptures. then the girls went to sleep while jen and i chatted a bit longer and listened and laughed at the snoring in our cabin. it truly sounded like mr. snuffalufagus. so funny. and then after awhile it stopped. that was weird. it was complete silence. we took the opportunity to try and get some sleep.
i actually slept pretty good. we got up, packed the car of our stuff, and went to flag ceremony. they handed out awards and then it was time to eat and clean up and get out of their. i am so appreciative of all the work the stake does to hold these camps for the young women of the church. i told michelle that she really had done a wonderful job...while we cleaned toilets. i just love her strong testimony of the gospel which inspires me to be better. i really needed to go to camp and love the feeling i get everytime i go.