Sunday, October 16, 2011


 Back in July we went to a place called Philmont. Our stake presidency and our stake young mens presicency got invited to go. Philmont is a scout camp, and they have new groups of people coming in every week. We were so lucky we got to go during LDS week. There were lots of general people from the church there ready to teach us. The spirit was so strong , and it was an amazing experience for our family.
 These are our tents. Oh yea! We stayed in tents for a week, and we loved it! We had the three older kids in the one on the right and Karsyn slept with us in the other one. Life was so simple there. We focused on our family, and we were spiritually fed. Each day the me had classes of scout training, while the kids had their own fun little classes. They did horse back riding, crafts, hikes, games, and more. The women pretty much got to relax, go to really neat classes, and have a wonderful time.
 This is one of the days we had free time. A cute little old couple let us fish with them for a while, and each kid got to catch a fish. Loved it!!!
 It was so amazing to be in the presence of general leaders at Philmont. This is the general primary pres and her husband, and we also had the general young mens pres there too. They had such great things to share with us, and they opened their arms and welcomed us there. I really didn't want to go, but when we got there, and felt how strong the spirit was, and how much love was there I couldn't help but have this huge lump in my throat trying to hold back tears of grattitude.
 These three are awesome dudes! Stake Young mens president Greg Olsen, and his counselors, Brandon McCoy on the left and Kelly Brinkerhoff on the right.
 It was so neat to go with all of these families from our stake. We made some great friendships, and learned so much together.
Each family had to make a family flag to bring to Philmont. We hung them up at our tents, and we also used them to introduce our families in a special program. Our family was forever changed by our experience in Philmont. I am so grateful for the gospel, and the opportunities I have to learn and grow. This trip reminded me that Heavenly Father knows us, and he knows what we need in our lives to strengthen us.


Heather's Blog said...

Thank you for your post about Philmont. My husband just told me this morning that he was going to philmont this summer, since he is in the stake presidency, and he wants our whole family to go. I have never known anyone who has gone before so I turned to the web and your blog was the first to pop up. You make it look like it was a lot of fun because to be honest the thought of camping with all of our kids doesn't exactly sound like a vacation. I know you don't know me but I would love to email you with some other questions before I totally commit.
Thank you so much!
Heather Wagstaff

Ashley said...

What a great experience! I love your blog lady :)