2015 Mutual Theme: Embark in the Service of God

The 2015 mutual theme is Embark in the Service of God. Find a ton of great ideas for your Embark activity below:

 

Sailboat themed Embark Decorations for Girls Camp from Amazon

Below are several cute Embark themed decoration ideas for girls camp I found on Amazon.  These are cheap enough for your tiny girls camp budget, and some of them even have free shipping!  If you’ve got Amazon Prime, like me, then you can get many of these items delivered in just 3 days.  Click on the images to see them at Amazon.

Inexpensive Life Preserver, just $5.45 with FREE SHIPPING.

Fish nets are perfect for camp decor and games. $5.54 each with free Prime Shipping
Captain’s hats for all the leaders!  YES! $5.90 with FREE Prime Shipping.

All the YCLs wear Gilligan hats!  Can you hear the girls singing it: “Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started from this tropic port, aboard this tiny ship…”  $16.75 for a dozen, free Prime shipping.

Nautical Banner, perfect for the lunch tent and pavilion. $5.82 with free Prime Shipping

I want to see this sign on the porta potties.  Every one of them. :)

Cute tent decorations or team flags.  Easy.  Exactly what I need. $6.99 with free Prime shipping.

Many girls camp activities require tools, like pens, etc.  Sometimes leaders have girls collect items on a scavenger hunt or when they have completed a station.  These cute little bags will hold small items.  Just tie them to clothing or a belt for easy carrying. $14.50 for 12 bags.


I can’t get over the price on this chunky anchor bracelet. 99 cents each!!! What???


89 cents each!  Mind blowingly cheap!


$2.07 each!  This classy bracelet would be a perfect thank you gift for leaders and YCLs who help with camp.

Girls Camp Printables and Links

2015 mutual theme products

These are products I carry in my store.  Fast shipping.

 

Embark in Service of God Video

Information on the Theme

2015 girls camp ideas
2015 girls camp ideas

The 2015 Mutual theme doubles as a call to action to faithful young men and young women across the globe:

“O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.”

Found in D&C 4:2, this divine charge of service was originally given to the Prophet Joseph Smith’s father, Joseph Smith Sr., almost two centuries ago. The passage remains an eternal directive on laboring in the kingdom.

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president, said the theme is a reminder of covenants LDS youth “made at baptism to serve the Lord for the rest of their lives.” The scripture also comes with a promise, said Sister Oscarson. “If our youth can give their all to serving and to coming unto Christ, it will be a protection for them.”

“I love this verse because it identifies what is required of us in order to truly give valiant service to Him,” he said. “It also provides the wonderful promise that we will stand blameless before Him if we fulfill the charge given.” Brother Gibson added that each of the four attributes of service (heart, might, mind, and strength) have special meaning.

“Heart shows that we love Him first and foremost and have an unwavering desire to serve Him; might is our willingness to boldly move forward in His cause without ever giving up; mind means to always continue in lifelong learning; … and strength is to constantly develop and refine ourselves physically, emotionally, socially, temporally, and spiritually.”

“This is a scripture of consecration—of consecration of time and talents and good to His service,” – Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency

Sister Neill F. Marriott, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, said a “circle of blessings” surround those who follow a “pattern of embarking.”

“When we decide to embark in the service of God, great things begin to happen in our life and the lives of people around us. We learn of Him. We come unto Him.”

Sister Marriott said, in a way, the theme is a continuation of the 2014 Mutual theme: “Come unto Christ.” First youth need to come unto Christ, and then they need to embark in His service, she said.

The Church’s sixth President, President Joseph F. Smith, said that D&C 4:2 “contains sufficient counsel and instruction for a lifetime of study. No one has yet mastered it.”

The Young Men and Young Women general presidencies hope the theme will enrich Mutual opening exercises and be a topic for youth sacrament meeting talks and a focus for youth activities at camps, youth conferences, and devotionals.

Historical Background

The Prophet Joseph Smith wrote:

“After I had obtained the above revelation [D&C 3], both the plates and the Urim and Thummim were taken from me again; but in a few days they were returned to me, when I inquired of the Lord, and the Lord said thus unto me: [D&C 10].

“I did not, however, go immediately to translating, but went to laboring with my hands upon a small farm which I had purchased of my wife’s father, in order to provide for my family. In the month of February, 1829, my father came to visit us, at which time I received the following revelation for him: [D&C 4].” (History of the Church, 1:23, 28.)

Even though this revelation was given for the Prophet’s father, it is addressed to all people who would serve God. Elder Joseph Fielding Smith pointed out that while only seven verses long, “it contains sufficient counsel and instruction for a lifetime of study. No one has yet mastered it. It was not intended as a personal revelation to Joseph Smith, but to be of benefit to all who desire to embark in the service of God. It is a revelation to each member of the Church, especially to all who hold the Priesthood. Perhaps there is no other revelation in all our scriptures that embodies greater instruction pertaining to the manner of qualification of members of the Church for the service of God, and in such condensed form than this revelation. It is as broad, as high and as deep as eternity. No elder of the Church is qualified to teach in the Church, or carry the message of Salvation to the world, until he has absorbed, in part at least, this heaven-sent instruction.” (Church History and Modern Revelation,1:35.) (https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrine-and-covenants-student-manual/sections-1-9/section-4-o-ye-that-embark-in-the-service-of-god?lang=eng)

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