By Michelle Carpenter
Mar 04, 2017

Helping Boys Remember Sunday’s Lesson

We somehow forget our church lessons the nanosecond we step out of the classroom.

At least that’s how it is with me. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the lesson. But, by the time Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday roll in with internet interactions, lively work meetings, and life’s problems, the previous Sunday was a blur (and the previous 23 years as well).

Do you think it is any easier for teenage Scouts with extracurriculars to enjoy, peers to please, tests to bear, and merit badges to earn? No, I really don’t think so.

How, then, can we help them retain the short lesson given the previous week?

It’s easy. We keep re-teaching it throughout the week.

As Nephi states, “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.”

In other words, soccer denotes there is a God. Chess denotes there is a God. Archery denotes there is a God. All things, even marshmallows roasting on an open fire, teach us about God’s existence, role, and purpose.

Therefore, it is possible to teach Sunday’s lessons again as we engage in fun activities with Boy Scouts. Merit badges and mutual activities can reflect back on important gospel lessons taught in Come Follow Me.

For instance, this month’s topic is the Plan of Salvation. You might help them understand how the rules of basketball are similar to life.

Why are there rules in basketball? Why are there rules in life? Just like in basketball, God gives us rules and boundaries to help us through our Earth journey. These rules protect us and help us enjoy our experiences.

Implementing a short “Scouter Master’s Minute” like the one above using the Sunday School month’s theme can really help youth stay in touch with Sunday’s lesson.

As it says in the LDS Church Handbook 2,”In addition to providing fun and entertainment, activities should build testimonies..”

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Author: Michelle Carpenter | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council.

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