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In sacrament meeting last week, there were a few testimonies that talked about our youth. I’ve found that when people outside of the youth program talk about the youth, they focus on 2 things:
- How the youth are great, strong, special, etc (which I would agree within reason)
- How the world is so “wicked” and how “worse off” the world is than before (kinda…I guess).
While I could make a compelling argument both for and against #2, the main focus of the testimony/message to the youth emphasizes how important it is to have the Holy Ghost with them and to learn to use that gift to discern between “good” and “bad” situations. I would focus the lesson less on the sensational stories that are passed around, and more on real-world circumstances.
I remember hearing these lessons when I was a youth, and hearing the dramatic and sensational stories of the Spirit speaking to someone, and thinking “OK, so that’s how it is.” However, even while I was on my mission it was a constant learning process. Even now, I’m still piecing together what it is, and what it isn’t, and what it feels/sounds like, and what it doesn’t.
I’m glad the lesson starts out with a hypothetical example of the “gift” of the Holy Ghost and not using it. Sensational stories don’t help, because they make the extreme look like the norm.
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