By Darryl Alder
Sep 24, 2017

Take the HOV Lane—a Scouter’s Minute

Two weeks ago Elder Gary E. Stevenson addressed members from more than 200 stakes in the Utah South Regional Conference. The centerpiece of his message was that our journey in life is to develop Christlike attributes. He suggested that we work on three of those traits from Preach My Gospel  using the acronym HOV. 

On a freeway, HOV stands for High-occupancy Vehicle and is a special lane that lets drivers with at least one other passenger move into a “fast” lane with less traffic congestion. Using that same acronym, Elder Stevenson, suggested we develop three Christlike attributes: Humility, Obedience, Virtue. Together with these traits and with the Holy Ghost in the rider’s seat, we might speed toward heaven and a better personal character. 

The Scout Oath and Law work this same way. By keeping these promises, we are working on improving our character and trying to become like Jesus. Let’s take obedience for example.

The discipline contained in daily obedience and clean living and wholesome lives builds an armor around you of protection and safety from the temptations that beset you as you proceed through mortality.”

–Elder L. Tom Perry, “Called to Serve,” Ensign, May 1991, p 39 

The Scout Law says: 

“A Scout is obedient. A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.

However, in the gospel, there is more to obedience than just that. Preach My Gospel states: 

“Obedience is the first law of heaven. It is an act of faith. You may sometimes be required to do things you do not completely understand. As you obey, you increase in faith, knowledge, wisdom, testimony, protection, and freedom. Strive to be obedient to the Lord, the living prophet, and your mission president.”

One way to understand the broader Gospel version of obedience is to study these scriptures:

What does it mean to be obedient?

1 Nephi 2:3
Mosiah 5:8
Mosiah 15:7
D&C 82:8–10
Matthew 7:24–27
John 7:17
John 14:15
Topical Guide, “Obedience, Obedient, Obey” 

What can you learn about obedience from these scriptures?

1 Nephi 3:7
D&C 105:6
2 Kings 5:1–14





Why did the young warriors in Helaman’s army obey with exactness? How were they blessed?

Alma 56:45–48
Alma 57:21–27




If you want to help your Scouts develop humility and virtue or any of the other traits for Christ listed in Preach My Gospel, click on “How do I develop Christlike attributes?” Then look to the scriptures for examples and ways to apply them with your boys’ duty to God. I studied all the HOV sections myself this last week and learned a lot about how to improve my character too.

Author:Darryl Alder |  Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council.

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