One of the toughest nights was in July at our church girls camp. Fortunately I was there as a leader. The kids did this blindfolded walk holding onto a rope. There were several branches off the rope but they were with a different thickness or type of rope. The girls were told to hold on to the main rope and never let go. They did not know that there would be other ropes to tempt them off the main rope and they did not know there were many adults along the path some to tempt them the wrong way and others to keep them on the straight and narrow. It really is a cool lesson and has many parallels to life.
Many of the girls were tempted off onto the wrong path and didn't make it all the way to the end. When everyone had gone through, they spent some time processing the activity. As we left the dark forested area, Rachel saw me. She came up and gave me a big hug and then just started to cry. Two things had happened. That was the last activity that Mike did with us as a family a few months before. That hit hard. The other thing was that Mike told Rachel that if she lived a good life now and stayed on the straight and narrow, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would be on the other side to greet her and tell her that she had done well. Through her tears she told me that when dad gave that lesson she never thought he too might be on the other side to greet her as well. We cried in each others arms for 10-15 minutes. It was one of the toughest cries but also a good one.