Weathering life

A youth leader walked across her ward's Young Women campsite, located high in the mountains. The rain and wind had made most of the activities planned for camp that day impossible. Everything was muddy.

She thought of "Campalot," the camp's theme drawn from Camelot. During the weeklong activity, the young women — like King Arthur's legendary court who lived in the famous castle Camelot — were to participate in activities intended to remind them of their royal birthright and heritage. The goal was for each young woman to return home with a greater sense of her worth.

But no one had planned for cold and rain.

Now the leader gathered up wet crowns, made earlier by the youth, and threw them away.

Like the crowns, the leader's spirits were damp. She had spent the last hour replacing tent stakes and dealing with wet sleeping bags.

She sat in her tent and listened to the storm; hail pounded the tent walls. She knew the young women in her ward were safe and warm and dry, but feared they were missing some of camp's most valuable lessons.

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