在10月 2016 大会, 上古Ĵ. Devn康沃尔共享的经验，他从医学院毕业后，曾和是在一个高功率的儿科住院医师培训, 有竞争力的方案. 他面对的是一个具有挑战性的任务，并认为不合格，以满足它. 在他的绝望, he alternated between sobbing and sleeping and had no idea how to proceed. Just at that moment, a senior resident in the program put his hand on Elder Cornish’s shoulder and asked how he was doing. After Elder Cornish poured out his frustrations, the senior resident responded in a way that Elder Cornish said changed his life. Elder Cornish described the senior resident’s response as follows: “He told me how proud he and all of the other senior residents were of me and how they felt like I was going to be an excellent doctor. 在短, he believed in me at a time when I didn’t even believe in myself.” (“Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?”)
Do we believe in our Scouts? Do we trust them enough to let go and let them lead? Do we believe in them when they do not believe in themselves? If the adults are dominating and controlling the meetings and activities of the troop, what does that tell our Scouts about our trust (or lack of trust) in them?
When Helaman was faced with a life-and-death situation for many of his people, he turned to a group of his young men and asked them for guidance. How old were they? The record does not tell us. But it does tell us that they were “very young.”
“And now, whether they were overtaken by Antipus we knew not, but I said unto my men: 看哪, we know not but they have halted for the purpose that we should come against them, that they might catch us in their snare;
“Therefore what say ye, my sons, will ye go against them to battle?
“And now I say unto you, my beloved brother Moroni, that never had I seen so great courage, nay, not amongst all the Nephites.
“For as I had ever called them my sons (for they were all of them very young) even so they said unto me: 父亲, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth; we would not slay our brethren if they would let us alone; therefore let us go, lest they should overpower the army of Antipus” (母校 56: 43-46). (着重强调。)
经常, when telling this story, we rightly focus on the courage and bravery of these young men. 然而, there is another lesson to be learned if we focus on Helaman as a great young men’s leader, a great Scoutmaster we might say. Before this group of young men could exercise their great faith and courage, Helaman had to give them a chance to make a very difficult decision. He warned them of the dangers but he did not order 他们, 他 asked them what they should do. If he had ordered them into battle, he would have robbed them of the opportunity to grow. Helaman trusted these young men, his stripling warriors, and was richly rewarded. If we will trust our young men, we will be richly rewarded, 以及.
Once, when I was in a priesthood leadership meeting, a great leader addressed the question of whether we should take a chance in giving so much responsibility to our young men. This great leader responded, “Why not? The Lord took a chance on you.”
-比尔·查普曼住在圣克莱门特, 加利福尼亚州, and loves to surf, 试运转, 背包, 营地, 做户外什么, 看着年轻人通过侦察计划实现亚伦祭司的目的. 此消息中表示的意见只是那些作者.