By Community Submission
May 31, 2015

Scoutmaster’s Minute: Only a Quarter

This story has appeared in many different forms, but every time it brings inspiration to those seeking to build character in themselves and others. In this version from, the traditional preacher has been replaced by an LDS missionary.  As you share this story with your Scouts, ask them how the small decisions they make every day shape who they are and who they will become.

Only a Quarter

friendship-557222-gallerySeveral years ago, a newly called Missionary accepted a call to serve in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he and his companion had occasion to ride the bus from their apartment to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.

As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, ‘You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.’ Then he thought, ‘Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet.’


A Scout is Trustworthy

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, ‘Here, you gave me too much change …’ the driver, with a smile, replied, ‘Aren’t you the new missionaries at the Mormon Church in town?’ ‘Yes’ he replied. ‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday.’ When the missionary stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, ‘Oh Heavenly Father, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.’

Our lives are the only scripture some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard — and remember — You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders.

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

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