By Utah National Parks Council
Dec 18, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 7 – A Scout is Kind

The sixth attribute in the Scout law is to be kind.

A Scout is kind. He is compassionate. He is kindhearted. He is charitable.

kindnessKindness begins with the heart. There are many acts of kindness and one can make the appearance of being kind but the act itself derives from the feelings in ones heart.

The saying, “It is better to give than to receive” derives from the New Testament, “…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” [1]

I have six siblings and growing up my parents did not have a lot of money. One year, I did some odd jobs and saved all my money to purchase each member of my family a gift for Christmas. Soon, other siblings began doing the same and it became part of our Christmas tradition. Each of us would work and clean to earn a quarter and then save that in a jar and hopefully have $10 to spend at Christmas time. We also purchased treats to put in the stockings. The gifts were small, but I looked forward to going shopping, to find the perfect gift and then waited excitedly for Christmas morning for my siblings to open their gift.

Christmas is not about how many gifts are wrapped for you under the tree and even less so about the cost of those gifts.

Kindness lives throughout the year.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin expressed:

Kindness is the essence of greatness and the fundamental characteristic of the noblest men and women I have known. Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.

Kind words not only lift our spirits in the moment they are given, but they can linger with us over the years. One day, when I was in college, a man seven years my senior congratulated me on my performance in a football game. He not only praised how well I had done in the game, but he had noticed that I had showed good sportsmanship. Even though this conversation happened more than 60 years ago, and even though it’s highly unlikely the person who complimented me has any recollection of this conversation, I still remember the kind words spoken to me that day by Gordon B. Hinckley, who would later become President of the Church. [2]

If you are looking for some ideas to show kindness to others click here.

On the seventh day of Christmas, a Scout is kind. He stands a little taller as his acts of kindness lift him up.

Merry Christmas!

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

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References

1. See Acts 20:35.

2. See Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Virtue of Kindness.” (2005, April). General Conference, LDS.org.

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