By Community Submission
Dec 28, 2014

Nine Year Old Cub Scout Leads Family Back to Church

bear-cub-scoutEarly in their marriage, my daughter and son-in-law chose not to attend weekly church services.  After years of no church involvement, their nine year old son (my grandson) was invited to participate with some of his friends in a local Cub Scout pack.  During the weekday Cub Scout activities, his friends would talk about what they would be doing on Sunday or at other church sponsored activities.  Evidently, he could see they were excited about Scouting and their church involvement as well.

After a Cub Scout meeting in October 2010, my grandson came home and told his parents he wanted to begin attending church.  Up until that time, neither he nor his parents had been attending family-atlanta-temple-911133-galleryany church, but the next Sunday our daughter, his mother, agreed to take him.  My grandson really enjoyed the experience; and after a couple of weeks, the rest the family began to attend church.  It wasn’t long after that when my grandson announced that he wanted to be baptized.

In order to be eligible for baptism, my grandson took a series of basic gospel lessons presented by specially ordained ministers in the church. The entire family participated in the discussions and continued regular church attendance.  The lessons were completed in February 2011 and my grandson was baptized.

man-woman-mormon-missionariesOne of the great blessings of this experience is that my daughter and her husband have resolved to make important changes in their lives, including changing their work schedules to allow for church attendance as a family.  Consequently, wonderful things are happening in the lives of this family, and, specifically, in the lives of the parents,  as a result of their son’s baptism.  Most notably, they have become stronger in their religious commitment and in their commitment to each other.

All of this happened because a few Cub Scouts befriended a young man and invited him to participate with them in Scouting and then at church.  I couldn’t be more happy or grateful!

Author: Debbie Ripplinger is the proud mother of three and grandmother of four. They reside in Provo, Utah

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One thought on “Nine Year Old Cub Scout Leads Family Back to Church

  1. AvatarMaloree Anderson

    It’s amazing how a young boy had such a strong influence on his family. Because of his decisions and example he was able to bring people into the gospel. That is one of my goals in life, to be the example I need to be to influence others in a positive way. I want to not just talk about my beliefs but show them. I know that this young boy will be forever grateful for his decisions.


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