By Michelle Carpenter
Dec 31, 2016

A Scout is Obedient–12 Days of A Scout Christmas

Traditionally, the 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of January 5th – also known as Twelfth Night. The 12 Days have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration.

It has been our custom at The Boy Scout to post a Scouter’s minute each day leading up to Christmas. This year, we decided to try something new. The Christ­mas messages will focus on the lives of modern-day prophets and times when they exemplified a point of the Scout Law. Come back for the next eleven days to find out how prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been trustworthy, loyal, helpfulfriendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

George Albert Smith teaches us to be obedient.

A Lesson on the Word of Wisdom

We learn that George Albert Smith was obedient to God from Teachings of the Presidents of the Church.

He was just a boy when he got sick with typhoid.

The doctor came, delivering advice for healing: Don’t eat solids. Lie in bed for three weeks. Drink coffee.

Coffee? George Albert Smith knew that LDS members were taught in the Word of Wisdom that drinking coffee was against God’s will. The doctor left, and the young boy explained to his mother that he didn’t want to drink any.

One day later, the doctor stopped by the house. George was outside playing with his siblings. What had happened? The doctor checked the boy. Though it should have taken weeks, George was better already!

George Albert Smith credited his quick recovery to his obedience to God. Later, he said, “The Lord has been merciful to us, to caution us, advise us and warn us with regard to many things.”

In our lives, there may be times when we know following someone is wrong. But God’s laws are always right! Generally speaking, we should follow the rules, laws, and commands of parents, leaders, and government officials as well.

You don’t want to get seriously injured because you didn’t  pay attention to government laws to wear a seat belt. You don’t want to flunk your class because you didn’t listen to your parents’ advice to study. You don’t want to lose a friend because you didn’t follow God’s law to be honest.

Remember, a Scout is obedient. So, be obedient to God and others.

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

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