Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hiawatha Trail

Hiawatha Trail
 This was definitely an experience of a lifetime.  Amber Described it perfectly by Saying:
 The Hiawatha Trial is a bike trial that follows an old railroad line. Because it is on an old railroad line, there are many tunnels along the trial. One of the tunnels is as long as 2 miles. In the middle of the longest tunnel, it is pitch black and freezing cold, which initially created a little bit of fear for me. My mom was in the front with a bright light on her bike, and my dad was in the back with the brightest light. All of us kids were in the middle—we also had lights, but our parent’s lights were brighter. When I started to get scared, my dad instructed me to follow mom’s light, and to notice his light as well. We grouped together in a tight formation, so that we might make all of our lights shine together as one. We then prayed and encouraged one another looking to the light at the end of the tunnel far in the distance. As we worked together, I felt my fear disappear and I felt peace. The rest of the day was filled with excitement and anticipation for the next tunnel, and it brought my family closer together. This experience taught me that as we pray and come together as a family, we are a greater force than when we stand alone.

Just like our lights directed our path in the tunnel, our Savior, Jesus Christ, can also be a light to direct our families. Helaman 5:12 states, “And now my sons remember remember that it is upon the Rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God—that we must build our foundation. That when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea his shafts in the whirlwind, yea when all his hail and his might storm shall beat upon you. It shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless woe, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation. A foundation whereon if men build we cannot fall."
We all need a “light” in our life. Just like the lights on our bicycles guided our way and brought my family together on the Hiawatha Trail, the Savior can be a light to guide our families. As we spend time together, as we study the scriptures, participate in family home evening, pray together, and simply follow as we have been directed by the family proclamation to the world, we will have the Savior’s light as our guide. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me, and He sent me to this family for a reason. Through His plan, I can live with my family again.

I loved this experience. I absolutely want to do it again. We pulled together as a family and we accomplished something extremely difficult. We were only planning on riding our bikes one direction; however, the transit system was down, so instead of only riding down the mountain--we had to also ride back up the mountain. The journey up the mountain was a difficult one for Jake. We had to stop every mile to encourage and lift his tired spirit and body. It became a team effort as we neared the end of our journey--all of us cheering each other on to victory. Sometimes hard things can be great things when the bind our hearts together as one, and that is exactly what happened for us!