By Utah National Parks Council
Dec 15, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 10 – A Scout is Helpful

The third attribute in the Scout law is helpful.

helpfulA Scout is helpful. He is cooperative. He is productive. He does a “Good Turn.”

Part of being helpful is to be positive. It is difficult to see the needs of others if you are consumed with negative thoughts. We all have them. But negativity can affect your personal health, your energy level and ability to concentrate.

When I was in Germany serving a mission, an American teenager was in the city as part of an exchange program. She was LDS and had met us a few times. One evening she called me because she was feeling homesick. She missed her family. We talked for a while and then the words to the hymn, “When Upon Life’s Billows You are Tempest Tossed” came to my mind and I started asking her to share some positive memories of her family and blessings that she had. It quickly lifted her spirits.

If you find yourself consumed with negative thoughts then try to find one positive thing that happened to you that day. If you are at Scout camp and missing your family think of one positive thing that happened that day and share it with your Father in Heaven in prayer. Each day you do this, you will discover that your days are improving and feel happier.

A happy person is one who considers the feelings of others. It is easier to recognize others who are struggling. Doing a good turn and helping someone else begins with preparing your own heart. Remember that those who are prepared, who have a desire to serve are called to serve in the Lord’s vineyard. [1]

What good turn did you do today?

Benjamin Franklin said: “Work while it is called today, for you know not how much you may be hindered tomorrow. One today is worth two tomorrows; never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” [2]

In other words, do your good turn today and do not put it off till later or tomorrow. At 8:00 a.m. in the morning there are still many hours to do a good turn but suddenly the evening arrives and the good turn was never done.

Mr. Meant-To

Mr. Meant-To has a comrade,

And his name is Didn’t-Do;

Have you ever chanced to meet them?

Did they ever call on you?


These two fellows live together

In the house of Never-Win,

And I’m told that it is haunted

By the ghost of Might-Have-Been. [3]

On the tenth day of Christmas a Scout remembers to be helpful, to do a “Good Turn” daily and to be positive.

Merry Christmas

Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council



1. See D&C 4: 3.

2. See William J. Bennett, “The Book of Virtues.” (1993). Simon & Schuster, p. 364.

3. See William J. Bennett, “The Book of Virtues.” (1993). Simon & Schuster, p. 364.

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