This past summer during girls camp, Young Women throughout the Stake participated in a mystery paint by letter mural. The girls were given a paper tile, told they should do their best to follow instructions, and they would find out later what it was all for. About 130 girls worked on the project the first day of camp after setting up their sites. Overall, they completed 108 individual tiles. The tiles by themselves gave no indication of what the overall picture would look like. It was assembled into a 4’ x 6’ frame in secret by camp leaders to be revealed during a camp devotional.
Leaders were moved to tears as Jesus’ face emerged and the girls gasped and “oooohed” and “aaaaahed” when they saw the finished piece. The girls wanted to see it up close and find their tiles and touch it.
Assistant camp director, Amy Gaskin, reflecting on the experience of putting this project together and watching the girls work on their tiles, said she was amazed. Each tile was different. Each tile had its own character painted into it. Some were deep and solid. Some were light and see through. Some were messy, some were immaculate and detailed. But all together, when standing back, the bigger picture is beautiful and amazing. Each tile, working together created something amazing. Each effort, when linked with others, was just what was needed. If one tile was missing, if one girl was missing, it would matter.
The main theme for camp was “STRENGTH beyond my own” with each day focusing on a different source of strength. The focus for the day the artwork was revealed was “Strength in Christ” with “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13) as the scripture for the day. Sometimes we may not understand why we are asked to follow certain standards and may even complain because we just don’t see the point. We can’t see the big picture. Leaders hoped that the project would serve as a reminder that we are blessed to have a Father in Heaven who gives us guidance based on His knowledge of the bigger picture. As we trust Him, and keep the commandments, we can receive glimpses of that "bigger picture" and over time see a beautiful masterpiece emerge from our efforts.
The painting is on display at the Stake Center, starting on Stake Day to Serve (Sept 21st) until at least Christmas. If you participated in this project, we’d love to hear your comments!
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