Monday, February 7, 2011


A United Front!

Some people wonder why I love EFY so much. 
Some people don't understand why I love EFY so much.
Here's why:
Besides it being the BEST JOB E-V-E-R...=D 
It's a place where people come to strengthen their testimonies.
And who wouldn't want to be involved in that?
Seeing the youth of the Church come together during the middle of the summer
when they could be doing lots of other fun things, shows you
how much EFY means to these kids. Some kids will save up their money 
for a whole year, just to be able to come....and tears are always shed on Saturday 
morning, because nobody wants to's a safe haven for these kids.
EFY has brought me so much in my life. The best of things have been the friends I
Have gained. Everybody always says that they have the best of friends, but
I truly, and honestly do. My friends from EFY are the people
I look up too. The people I go to even I need encouragement or advice or 
just someone to talk to. These friends are the kind of friends that
no matter what happens in your life or theirs, they will 
always be matter what. 
And it's not that we're all no no..well me and Ash are 3 =D
No, it's the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is the foundation of our friendship.
When you have a foundation built upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
nothing can shake it, nothing. And we have that.
Our friendships were formed simply because we all have a great love
for the Gospel. It defines who we are. Everything we do, comes back to the
Gospel of Jesus Christ and we WANT TO SHARE IT WITH THOSE!
Yes, we get rewarded for our jobs, but seeing how you, YOU, have helped
bring one soul closer to Jesus Christ is the simple best experience anyone could ever have.
We, counselors, don't often get to see this happen often. We're only with our kids for a 
short period of time, but sometimes if we're lucky, we get 
to see this change. 
I am lucky enough to have experienced this.
I received this email from one of my girls this week, 
"hey Rachel! i was just going to let you know that I received my letter today and I appreciate your letter that you wrote us girls! I'm so thankful you made us write our testimonies at EFY, I really enjoyed reading mine. It's amazing how much you learn at EFY in such a little time period! You were an AMAZING counselor and I would have to say the BEST one so far! I really enjoyed being in your group! You really helped bring the spirit into our group meetings (like devotionals with the girls) And i've been slacking some on reading the scriptures (like I read every other night) so I gotta get back on the schedule of reading them everyday so I can learn and grow personally and get to know the savior better like you challenged us..Thanks for being such a great example to our group! Hope you have a great year!" 
Reading this.....made everything worth it, all the tears shed that week, the prayers said...everything.
It comes down to this, I can't imagine a better place to spend my summer than at EFY. 
EFY brings the best and sometimes not best out in people, but
being surrounds by those who love you and understand you is the only
place I'd want to be when something happens...whether good or bad.
Because the people who mean most to me, will be there sitting next to me, sharing
that experience. 

Wanna meet some of these AMAZING people??
This is Miss Ashley Kay, we're 3

This is Nina...she's only our friend 3 wks outta the year
but we still love her. Ohh! And she can talk
to Manatees =D
This is Carrie, she's my crazy friend from
Kentucky who's going on a MISSION!!

Besides in the Pic...this is Kayc! She is the
world's greatest FC you've ever had! And
She can sing like an Angel and
Well you can see she's Beautiful

Kate's on the left =D She loves her some Braves. It's true
Andandand....she's wonderful. The end.
(Us minus Carrie, she was being a good counselor and with her kids)
Separated we aren't much, but together....
Together we can over come anything!