Olga Kovarova Campora, PhD., the author of Saint Behind Enemy Lines, was born and reared in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). Olga joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while studying at J.E. Purkyne (T.G.Masaryk) University in Brno, Czechoslovakia, where she earned a masters degree in physical education and a Ph.D. in education. Since the early 1990s Olga has made her home in the United States. She helped to establish the Czech language program at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, and has spoken at many church firesides and conferences in different parts of the U.S. Her story was shared in the 2011 Church-published history of the Relief Society called Daughters of My Kingdom. She is married to Randy Campora, bass trombonist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. They are the parents of two wonderful sons. One is currently serving a mission and the other is a returned missionary. Olga wrote Czech for Americans, a university-level language textbook. She owns a yoga business called Yoga with Olga, which offers therapeutic yoga for people suffering from chronic pain and a variety of anxiety issues and depression.
“The Lord has more in mind for you than you have in mind for yourself! You have been reserved and preserved for this time and place. You can do hard things. At the same time, as you love Him and keep His commandments, great rewards—even unimaginable achievements—may be yours.” Those are the words of President Russel M. Nelson. In this class, we will explore how staying focused on the Lord enables us to not only do hard things, but also learn how to handle discomfort that comes from doing hard things. Discomfort can be embraced as a positive, life-changing instrument that the Lord has given to us to accomplish the impossible. We will discuss two types of discomfort: the one that help us to grow and move forward, and the one that keeps us stuck. You will learn practical gospel-oriented tools that will help you change and overcome the feeling of being stuck, and learn to see “healthy” discomfort as the Lord’s way of teaching you how to be strong and courageous (2 Chronicles 32:7).