LDS Church News

Young women strive to 'become one'

By Kara McMurray

LDS Church News

Published: Friday, July 11 2014 4:20 p.m. MDT

After returning from her trip and seeing how camp transformed many of the young women, Sister Marriott said, “Camp works. It works tiny, it works huge.” Letters sent by Sister Herbert to the Church News, sharing stories from the conference, reflected this.

One young woman was struggling with her belief in Christ prior to the conference. “She had been praying for a while before camp that she would receive a witness that Christ was real, and she received no answer. … As she went through the spiritual rotation, specifically sitting in the Christ gallery, she said it was like a rush of wind that went through the room and just filled it with the Spirit of Christ, and she knew that He is real and that He does live.”

Another young woman, with tears in her eyes, told one of the speakers, “I never knew Christ loved me until tonight,” while another said, “I haven’t really grown up with religion, but I now know that I want it in my life. I have loved the classes and have learned so much. I don’t know what God has in store for me, but I know I want [the] Church in my life.”

There was another girl who had been taking the missionary discussions before the camp. Upon returning home, Sister Herbert said, “she called the missionaries and committed to baptism.”

As a result of the camp, many of the young women went home with a determination to keep Christ at the center of their lives.

“We knew we could have them thinking about Christ in the year before, but we wanted them to carry it,” said Sister Herbert. “We wanted so much to have these things to have an impact to carry them through.”

Sister Marriott said camp allows young women to develop or deepen a relationship with Heavenly Father and “reach a new level of closeness to Him. They are outside and they are disconnected from the digital world. They are surrounded by nature and those things open up a place in their feelings and heart that allow the Spirit to come in.”