There were many experiences there that I could relate and teach with but one that really struck me was the following.
I had 6 boys in my van, ranging in age from 15 to 18. They were all members of the Church and all of them pretty active. Throughout the entire trip I never heard anyone swear or put another person down. There were no dirty jokes or off color statements. They spoke with respect about the girls they knew and when we did encounter females they showed that respect in their actions.
It was an honor and a joy to associate with them. I never had to remind them WHO they were or what they represented.
The same cannot be said of the YM of my ward when we go on activities. Some groups are better than others, but I think that I’ve always had to remind them at least once of who they were and what they stood for.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Why it is that way? Why do some YM feel the need to push boundaries? Why did the XC team behave so well while other Aaronic Priesthood bearers need so many reminders? How can we make it different?
NO FEAR - NO WHINING - NO REGRETS