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Because of this weekend’s General Conference, the posting schedule will be updated. My goal is to spend the weekend getting caught up on the lessons for Manual 2 so that I can be somewhat caught up. By my count, we should be at or around Lesson 39 (Moral Courage), giving us 11-12 lessons before the end of the year.

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Out here in the Midwest our New Duty to God program has officially started.  We had the meeting last week for all the youth and their parents, and the feedback seemed to be generally positive.  Many people liked the new emphasis on personal development in the program, many liked how it simplified a lot , and most importantly, the boys didn’t look at Duty to God as something impossible to be attained.  If you have had the new Duty to God presentation in your ward or stake, let me know in the comments how it was received, and the general feedback of all that’s going on, as well as your additional thoughts and opinions on the new program and what it means long-term for your boys!

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Now that school is in full swing and seminary and stake dances have started gearing up, it has caused me to reflect on the summer, and many of the activities that youth participate in.  One of those is EFY, Especially for Youth, a weeklong excursion at a local university where the youth stay in separate gendered dorms and experience many of the same things at a youth conference (classes, firesides, dances, games) but on a much grander scale.  CES has been in charge of EFY since the 1980’s, and though I was a 3-year participant and at one time contemplated spending an entire summer being an EFY counselor around the entire Midwest area, I’ve developed a very passionate love/hate relationship with EFY.

However, it wasn’t always like this.

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This blog is still active. I’ve got about 15 drafts that I’ve got waiting in my queue to upload, but within the last month and a half I’ve been bombarded with a new calling, a new job, plus licensing and certification exams that have been occupying much of my time. My big examination is on Monday the 28th of August, and so on September 1st there will be no shortage of posts.
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This is a multi-part series on my predictions for what we will see in the new LDS Duty to God handbook and program. This is a further examination of Prediction 1. Additional information about this series can be found here , in the introduction.

PREDICTION #2

The New Duty to God will be less involved with Scouting than before.

There seems to be 2 focuses on activities at the young men’s level.  The first seems to be scouting.  The second seems to be social-type activities.  However, what about the middle ground?

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This is a multi-part series on my predictions for what we will see in the new LDS Duty to God handbook and program. This is a further examination of Prediction 1. Additional information about this series can be found here , in the introduction.

PREDICTION #1
The New Duty to God program will be patterned similarly to the Personal Progress award for Young Women. I think we’re going to see similar “values” for the young men (or “principles,” as President Beck put it). They’re going to Learn, Make Plans, and Share. The “Sharing” part sounds like a project of some sort, and the “Making Plans” sounds like something a leader could work with the youth on (like a Personal Progress Leader/Adviser in Young Women’s).

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Here’s a situation: You have a group of 15 youth (both young men and young women). They attend their mutual activities every week (in this case, Thursdays). There is strong youth leadership at the ward level, which has equated in loyal attendance at said mutual activities. Many of the youth not only come, but have a good time and generally look forward to the next week.

The stake puts on activities. Attendance is minimal. The youth aren’t excited about the next activity. They begrudgingly attend (at the behest of their parents). Instead of talking the next day about the positive experience, the conversation overheard revolves around how “stupid” the activity was.

Sound familiar? If not, consider yourself lucky. If so, you’re not alone.

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2010 Mutual Theme – Joshua 1:9

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

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