Of all the great cathedrals I've ever been to, all the giant monuments, and all the colossal structures, it still amazes me that nothing can compare to Heavenly Father's creations.
Friday I spent the day in Zion's National Park. It's difficult to even describe what it's like. It's just something you have to go and see for yourself. The massive red rock walls of the canyon envelope you while you stand on the canyon floor. The heavy rain season this year made for some beautiful greenery. Everywhere was either red, or lush and green.
The first hike we decided to do was Angel's Landing. Before we started, I was excited, ready for this grand adventure. But then, as we continued, I realized how out of shape I am. But luckily, I had awesome companions who put up with my slow pace. And I made it to the summit!
After that, we hiked to the emerald pools. Another spectacular hike, but probably my least favorite.
I was pretty tired after those two hikes, and I did not want to do a third. But we had heard about a hike that was fairly easy, that lead to an amazing view of the canyon. Reluctantly, I went. It ended up being my favorite hike of the whole day! There's a pretty big set of stairs at the beginning, but after that, it's fairly level. The view was so worth it.
Another one of my favorite parts of the whole trip was the people I was with. Friday night, exhausted from our adventures, we were about to put a movie in when one boy suggested we share our favorite scriptures. I love that we did that. It made the trip so much more than just a hiking trip. The people we associate with, our friends, have a huge factor in determining our futures and our happiness. I didn't just get a glimpse of Zion's for a day, but I got to catch a glimpse of Zion. And that is worth more to me than anything.
"Zion is both a place and a people....Zion is Zion because of the character, attributes, and faithfulness of her citizens." -Elder D. Todd Christofferson