Some years ago Pres. J. Reuben Clark told the following story: It was at the annual county fair, and farmers from far and near had come to exhibit their harvest and to engage hired hands for the next year. One prosperous farmer came across a husky lad and asked: "What can you do?" The answer: "I can sleep when the wind blows."

With such an answer the farmer turned and started to walk away, perturbed at the impudence of the man. But he turned again and asked: What did you say?" "I can sleep when the wind blows."

"Well," said the farmer, "I don't know what that means, but I'm going to hire you anyway."

Winter came, followed by the usual spring, and the new hired hand didn't show any particular signs of extra work, but filled the duties of his calling as most others would have done.

And then one night in early summer the farmer noticed a strong wind rising. He dashed to the hired hand's quarters to arouse him to see that all the stock was properly cared for. There he found the hired hand asleep. He was about to awaken him, when he remembered the boy's strange statement. He went to his barns and there found all his animals in their places, and the doors and windows securely locked. He found the haystack had been crisscrossed with heavy wires, anticipating such a night, and that it would weather the storm. Then the farmer knew what his hired man meant when he gave as his only qualification, "I can sleep when the wind blows."

This is one of my favorite stories about dealing with adversity. We cannot avoid the adversity that will be put into our lives, but we can realize that fact that it will come and prepare as best we can.

One of the first lessons we would teach our scouts when preparing for a backpacking trip is that everything goes into plastic bags inside your pack - sleeping bag, tent, clothes, food, etc.. It seems like a pain until the rain starts. I try to be sure when I'm camping I check the campsite before I go to bed for anything that could be a problem during the night. There is nothing worse than having to crawl out of a nice warm sleeping bag to put out the remains of a smoking fire or grab a plastic cup that is blowing around in the wind.

Probably the easiest way to be prepared when camping is to camp in the right place to begin with. Choosing the proper campsite can help you avoid being threatened by lightning or by flooding from heavy rain. Being prepared when camping and in life depends upon making good decisions when the sun is shining.

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