Sometimes I wonder why I never had the MOST wonderful experiences at EFY, Youth Conference, Girls Academy, or even Seminary. I mean, I sought out spiritual experiences and it's not like I had a horrible time at any of the above mentioned activities, but as I watched the girls and boys at the Thousand Oaks, CA Youth Conference I found myself almost jealous of their friendships with one another and their comraderie.
I was called one sunday evening by my Relief Society president, she asked if I'd be willing to be a chaperone to 5-6 girls at Youth Conference, I agreed. Little did I know that I would desire sleep like never before, and that I would be taught so much more than what I had prepared to teach them. (I am officially old)
These girls met the Thursday evening of the weekend, they became quick besties.
This is the whole group. Our boys weren't female saavy to say the least. It's ok though, they were all 14-15 years old. BUT, it was awkward because 3 of my girls were 16-18, they were such good sports about it all though.
Alexa, Stephanie, Laura, Jamie, Sydney, & Monica
Our service project was Habitat For Humanity. It was so great to help. After working with these kids I believe that there are some in the world who don't know how to utilitize their bodies for work. (How's that for putting it nicely:)
After every organized activity that ended at 11pm there would be an after party til at least 1am. This is me snuggling up to my girls saying, "Have you talked to any cute boys tonight?...Oh, you haven't? Well, pick it up, Im ready for bed!"
I had 5 girls- one too many for my little Mazda. An amazing woman named Tahne Lutz traded cars with me for the weekend. She had my Mazda 6 while I romped around in her Diesel Expedition. Yes, please.
Sometimes I think how I wish had taken more risks. Like, go on a mission, or applied to be an EFY counselor, or even attempted to get good grades at a JC and transfer to BYU. I think the fear of rejection trumps all. But, I do know that I have experienced my life the way I've needed to so I could be prepared to be the best Youth Chaperone I know how for the girls in my group. I had a fantastic weekend, and learned so much about myself and that I (a 27 year old single woman) have more in common with these girls than not.