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When Children Wander (and why…)
Ahhh, Attorneys… ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning? WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam? ATTORNEY: She had three children, right? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: How many were boys? WITNESS: None. ATTORNEY: Were there any girls? WITNESS: Your Honour, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney? ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to? WITNESS: Oral... ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body? WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time? WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
Now, some things to chew on
How about our society? Traditional Society Based on competition Winners/losers Consistent Pattern Rights and wrongs One “right way” Leads to wars and conflicts Progressive Society Based on cooperation Everyone is a winner Diversity No rights or wrongs Many “right ways” Leads to moral decline and societal breakdown Gospel Society of Zion Based on cooperation Everyone is a sinner Rights and Wrongs Diversity of Spiritual Gifts Leads to Zion Society
Now it came to pass that there were many of the rising generation that could not understand the words of king Benjamin, being little children at the time he spake unto his people: and they did not believe the tradition of their fathers. They did not believe what had been said concerning the resurrection of the dead, neither did they believe concerning the coming of Christ. And now because of their unbelief they could not understand the word of God: and their hearts were hardened. And they would not be baptized; neither would they join the church. And they were a separate people as to their faith, and remained so ever after, even in their carnal and sinful state; for they would not call upon the Lord their God. And now in the reign of Mosiah they were not half so numerous as the people of God; but because of the dissensions among the brethren they became more numerous. Mosiah 26 Did not believe Could not understand Would not call upon the Lord Hearts were hardened Dissensions among the brethren Elder Bednar … parents are not simply to teach their children. Rather, they are to teach them to understand. And understanding is a gift from God.
Reasons Kids Wander/Rebel Socially inadequate Trying to fit in….
Reasons Kids Wander/Rebel Good kids, bad friends
Reasons Kids Wander/Rebel Overindulged Life is about ‘having fun’ Buffered from having to make difficult decisions
Reasons Kids Wander/Rebel Believing they see hypocrisy at home.