Last night we had Standards Night. This was my baby to be in charge with and I have had a ton of stress about it. Since hearing Sister Dalton at the BYU Women's Conference, I knew that for Standards Night, the Young Women needed to go up to Ensign Peak.
I had been following the weather like a hawk, because I did not have a great back up plan if the weather was going to be terrible. I can honestly say I prayed my guts out, begging for a non-rainy afternoon. I told the Relief Society President last night that I made a deal with God. He could have his rainy mornings, I would get my sunny afternoon. ;)
So as the morning began with dark grey clouds, I knew that He was holding his end of the bargain. By 2-3:00 pm, I had my bright blue skies and my warm sun. So up to Ensign Peak we went.
Once we were up there, we talked about Brigham Young and the 7 other leaders who first hiked Ensign Peak. How they took a yellow bandana and a walking stick and "raised an Ensign for all the world." We spoke with the Young Women on how they could be an Ensign to all around them by living the commandments or Standards that they have been taught. We then started up the mountain and would take short breaks talking about celebrating their identity, standards, repentance and personal revelation. They were each given a balloon at the beginning to that was a symbol of their celebration. The trail was very busy and people kept asking us what the balloons were about.
Once we reached the top, we wrote down personal commitments of how we can be an Ensign and tied them to the balloons and let them go. Then we we signed a Yellow Flag and waved it up on Ensign Peak just like Young and the other men did over 150 years ago. It was a beautiful view and a gorgeous night. We laughed and had a wonderful time. Here are some more pictures of our evening.