By Michelle Carpenter
Jan 06, 2017

How the 12 Days of Christmas Built My Testimony of Christ

I leaned over to my husband while in bed. “Did you know Joseph F. Smith lead a team of oxen when he was nine?”

We sat in the car, and I told him how David O. Mckay was so courteous he stood up when his wife entered the room. Later, I relaxed at the kitchen table and related a story of an obedient soldier to my family.

After writing articles for the Voice of Scouting and Boy Scout about how prophets/historical figures lived the Scout Law, I was inspired.

I was so inspired I couldn’t keep my mouth shut and went around telling people the things I’d learned.

Later, I walked through the streets bundled in a winter coat, and thought to myself, “Why didn’t they tell us these stories in school? It would have been much more beneficial.”

The truth was researching and writing these stories may not have meant much to those reading my stories, but the stories were very beneficial to me. I gained a better understanding of what it means to be a Scout. More importantly, through the souls of others, I came to better know Christ.  

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.(Moroni 7: 48)

 Most especially, as the individual Scout follows Christ, he will better understand his true character.

Christ mastered the attributes of the Scout Law. He was trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent, and much much more.

The various individuals in these articles bore witness of him through their efforts and actions (at least in some ways).

When a Scout troop commits to living the Scout Law, they have the same opportunities to know Christ. They can gain faith in who Christ was by observing their wholesome Scout leaders and other boys who serve. Most especially, an individual Scout can learn of Christ by living these attributes (and others) himself.

In case you missed the twelve days, here they are:

A Scout is Trustworthy–12 Days of A Scout Christmas

A Scout is Loyal–12 Days of A Scout Christmas

A Scout is Helpful–12 Days of A Scout Christmas

A Scout is Friendly–12 Days of A Scout Christmas

A Scout is Courteous–12 Days of a Scout Christmas

A Scout is Kind–12 Days of A Scout Christmas

A Scout is Obedient–12 Days of A Scout Christmas

A Scout is Cheerful–12 Days of A Scout Christmas

A Scout is Thrifty–12 Days of A Scout Christmas

A Scout is Brave–12 Days of A Scout Christmas

A Scout is Clean–12 Days of a Scout Christmas

A Scout is Reverent—12 Days of A Scout Christmas


This is the first installment in a series of six articles, emphasizing the Six Pillars of Being Prepared: Testimony, Service, Mission Preparation, Confidence, Life Skills and Integrity. These pillars were created by the council after substantial research, and our aim is for the 83,000 boys we serve to achieve these attributes. 

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

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