Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Setting a High Standard!
I was speaking tonight with one of the parents that has a Young Woman and Young Man that we work with. I am amazed by her children and the example that they set. Especially their son. He is the all around kid. He is a soccer player, a good student, oh and he is absolutely gorgeous and yet the most important thing to him is honoring his family and his testimony. She was telling me that he had some friends spend the night on Friday and when she went downstairs to wake them for GC, they were already up, making breakfast and preparing to watch Conference on their own. They stood together as friends that held the Aaronic Priesthood and sustained President Monson. It is true that friends make all the difference in a youths life. He and his friends are preparing for their missions and living a very high standard when it comes to girls and school. A and his friends are the exception to what I see to the majority of the boys of today. I was horrified when the Stake Young Men's President asked the boys of who was planning to go on a mission, and about a 1/3 raised their hand. To me, that was scary! From what I see, we need more youth like A and his friends. These are the kind of kids we need for tomorrow.
It reminded me of some boys I knew a while back. My husband was not the most spiritual kid, but he had a strong testimony to go to church every week and he had great friends to support him to stay good. (Well most of the time unless a couple of friends brought out the rebel in him). Although they did typical boy things, he and his friends all went on missions, are today Priesthood holders and are wonderful fathers and husbands. It says a lot about who you hang out with will develop who you become. I thank Chad and Jordan for being incredible friends to Brian. They were there in every stage of Brian's life and are still today. Brian has known these guys since childhood and I think that a friendship that lasts that long is priceless. They still maintain a high standard of living the gospel and I wish the boys that I work with could catch a glimpse of what Brian and his friends have and do. I envy his friendships. These are honorable men and I am proud to call them my friends too.
Maybe Brian and his friends were just like the Young Men are that I see today. But I can only cross my fingers that they make the same decisions that he and his friends did to do what they knew what was right. If the Young Men need an example to follow, they don't have to look too far. The examples they need are all around them, they just need the maturity to recognize it and want to follow it.