Our Stake has a week long camp for the young men 16 years and older. This is a spiritual camp where they teach each other from "Preach my Gospel". Many lives are changed because of the spiritual experience the young men have while participating. Derek attended this camp for three years before going on his mission. He was asked to write a letter for the camp this year.
HEY AARONS CAMP,
I HOPE THAT ALL IS GOING WELL UP HERE AND THAT YOU’RE KEEPING THE FIRES UNDER CONTROL.
WELL I WANT TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT AARONS CAMP FOR ME HAS HELPED ME SO MUCH. WHEN I PARTICIPATED, I LEARNED A LOT. IT HAS REALLY HELPED ME BE A BETTER TEACHER OF THE GOSPEL.
HERE YOU ARE GOING TO LEARN THE LESSONS THAT YOU WILL BE TEACHING IN THE FIELD. PAY ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING AND TRY TO BE LIKE A SPONGE, SOAK IT ALL IN. I HAVE HAD SOME REALLY GOOD EXPIRIENCES HERE IN PERU AND A LOT OF THESE EXPIRIENCES REMIND ME OF THE SPIRITUAL EXPIRIENCES THAT I HAD AT AARONS CAMP. I KNOW THAT AARONS CAMP HAS HELPED ME AND I KNOW IT WILL HELP ALL OF YOU IF YOU LET IT. DO ALL THAT YOU CAN DO TO LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT AND TO THE TEACHERS.
I KNOW THAT THIS CHURCH IS TRUE AND I KNOW THAT OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST LIVES AND LOVES EVERY ONE OF US. I KNOW THAT JOSEPH SMITH WAS A PROPHET CALLED OF GOD TO RESTORE THE GOSPEL IN THIS TIME SO THAT WE COULD ONE DAY LIVE WITH GOD AGAIN. I KNOW THAT IF WE JUST ENDURE TO THE END WE CAN HAVE ETERNAL LIFE AND ALL THAT OUR HEAVENLY FATHER HAS. I KNOW THAT THE LORD IS WATCHING OVER US AND WANTS US TO BE HAPPY. I KNOW THAT PREACH MY GOSPEL IS A BOOK THAT WAS WRITTEN BY PROPHETS TO HELP US IN THIS WORK, STUDY IT, READ IT, AND ENJOY IT. I KNOW THAT THE BOOK OF MORMON IS THE WORD OF GOD AND HAS AND WILL CONTINUE BLESSING THE LIFES OF MANY.
ENJOY THIS TIME THAT YOU HAVE THIS WEEK, BECAUSE IT IS REALLY SHORT. SINCERELY ELDER HYDE