The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi
Last weekend I had the opportunity to do some service work for the Murray stake at one of the Youth Camps. One of the things that I love and respect about my wife is her ability to give so freely of her time. She often steps up to give aid to friends and family when there is need. She tries to juggle her busy schedule to cook dinners for members of the neighborhood who are sick or recovering from surgeries, volunteering to paint, watch kids, or just being a sounding board for those that need someone to vent to. She does this with such willingness and non-judgement I am so proud to be married to such a great woman.
I decided to take a lesson from her and stop finding reasons not to serve and instead find opportunities to serve. So when the call came to assist some of the brethren with a work project I said yes. So early Saturday morning me and three others drove up to the youth camp to do what we could. I have to admit I found it quite funny that when we showed up the person in charge of the camp was not sure what to do with us so he seemed to make up work for us to do. We started by putting tarps up over the pavilions on each camping ground, and then we were asked to clear the dead fall on the hiking trails around the camp. Now, about this time I am trying to figure out when the work actually part of this was actually going to start. So far it had been good conversation and light duty. We trotted on through the overgrown path clearing wood and dangerous obstacles in the way, all the time surrounded by breathtaking beauty. The day was warm the air was crisp and clean. and the birds were singing. I kept joking about how they asked us to “take a hike” and cut some wood while we were at it, and how nice it was that we avoided latrine duty.
“God does notice us, and He watches over us. But it is usually through another person that He meets our needs.” Ensign
Once we made the loop and made it back to camp it was at the end of our scheduled service period. They had Hotdogs waiting for us when we got back. We spoke with Mike the Development chair for the stake and he told us a little about what they planned for the camp. He told us about the couple that oversees the camp every summer for the last 17 years and how he is getting to the point where he is unable to do all of the things that he used to, so they asked for help from all of the wards that use the campground to send some brethren up to get things ready for the year. I then realized that even the service that we took so lightly and cheerfully was appreciated by the couple that has been serving at the camp for almost two decades. I then thought that it is amazing how every little act of service can compound to assist others is something that can seem so daunting to others.
This camp is used to bring families closer with Father/Son outings. Faith Building with young women’s and young men camp-outs and is important to have such places, so anyone that is looking to do something both spiritually rewarding and something that will recharge your batteries I strongly suggest that you volunteer the next time this comes up.