This time around though his answers reflected a new depth and maturity. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the interviews:
Who is your favorite Book of Mormon character?
- Age 5: I like pigs.
- Age 10: Maybe Nephi because he left everything he had and never complained.
Why does your family make you happy?
- Age 5: Because they’re my family. No.No….Don’t put that down! Because they take care of me.
- Age 10: I always feel safe by them, and I like being around people who love me too.
Why do you think people get married?
- Age 5: They love each other.
- Age 10: So they can be together for eternity in heaven.
What do you like about Primary?
- Age 5: I like it because it’s fun because we get to sing songs, and we get to play games.
- Age 10: I like the teachers because they are my friend and are teaching me stuff.
How do you think you’ll fall in love?
- Age 5: When I’m ten, I’ll see a girl…when I’m walking home from school or maybe driving. I’ll call her and ask if she would like to have a play date with me. Then, I’ll fall in love with her. Then, I’ll kiss her on the lips.
- Age 10: I’ll probably be in a math class with her. Then we’ll start talking. We’ll study with each other. We might become friends for a long time in high school. Then, we’ll go to college. Then, we’ll go on dates. Then, we’ll get married.
What makes the gospel special?
- Age 5: If you don’t read (the scriptures), a big rock will be on your back. But if you do read, it won’t be there. It will just be a little rock.
- Age 10: It gives you a good feeling inside.
How does Jesus make life better?
- Age 5: EVERYTHING….Except when you kick me, or lie, or something. He doesn’t make that.
- Age 10: He gives us repentance so that we can return to live with Heavenly Father again.
I imagine that for many youth their answers to questions might similarly change with age. As boys grow, join Cub Scouts and then Boy Scouts, they can gain wisdom and understanding. But, the transformation is not guaranteed. We, as parents and leaders, have a responsibility to teach through word and example.
How would your Scout have answered these questions five years ago? How does that compare to today? How will it compare to five years from now?
Author: Michelle Carpenter | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council.