Fishing for Friends

Friday, July 18

7-18By Campers

Do not neglect the smallest among you, for even the least of these are treasures in God’s sight. Receive the giftedness and energy of children and youth, listening to understand their questions and their wisdom. Respond to their need to be loved and nurtured as they grow.

—Doctrine and Covenants161:4a

This was my first year at children’s camp. Our theme was “Fishing for Friends.” Camp was a blessing to me. Daddy was my counselor. There were campers in my cabin that I already knew, and some new friends. Our cabin name was “the bears.”

I learned what a good swimmer I am. I paddled a kayak by myself. I slid down a mud slide. I liked the water games at the new pool. I liked when we made cane fishing poles. I really liked KP. I don’t know why they call it “Kitchen Police,” because it’s really fun! I can’t wait for next year because I can’t wait to do more fun things, make new friends, and be with Jesus.

—Parker Bradford
Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

I love camp! I went to camp every year since my first year of children’s camp, and this year I went to junior camp. It’s my favorite part about summer. Camp is so peaceful, but also it’s fun. One of my favorite parts of camp is campfire. All the songs are fun, and I love doing the motions that go with the songs.

At the end of campfire we start to do more serious and peaceful songs. After that we do a prayer. I think campfire is the time at camp that I’m most connected with God.

—Addy Simpson
Independence, Missouri, USA

Prayer for Peace My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing that God cannot do. My God is so good, so peaceful, so gentle, there’s nothing that God cannot do.

Spiritual Practice: Listening to Children Sit in your quiet place and center your heart and mind on God’s presence. Spend several minutes asking God to bring into your awareness the names and images of children in your life. You may see their faces or hear their voices as you receive these impressions. Listen deeply to the unique gifts and needs of the children who come to mind. Offer a prayer of blessing for each child and the needs you sense. If you feel led, you also may want to write a note or card and give a message of affirmation and love to each child.

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will set aside what I think I know about you, and open myself, like a child, to discover more.



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1 Comment

  1. David Brock

     /  18 July 2014

    Yay for camp and for kids who “get” camp!!


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