Choices have consequences
I found a posting on WXYZ.com about a group of LDS youth attending an EFY at Eastern Michigan University who decided to cram 15 kids in an elevator. Oddly enough, It got stuck. The fire department had to be called to rescue them. A number were transported to a local hospital for dehydration and breathing problems.
I recently did a fireside for our youth about how choices have consequences. I am definitely adding this little story if I ever get a chance to give it again.
Choice: Massively overloading an elevator
Consequence: it gets stuck, fire department is called, you feel stupid and embarassed, and when the parental units find out (once the fire department & ambulances are involved it is a pretty good bet that the parents will hear about it) you are probably in heap big trouble.
To me, what makes this interesting is that (assuming the youth were not out running around after curfew or breaking some other rule) overloading the elevator was not necessarily breaking any commandments or immoral.. it was just dumb.
Some of the older YM in our program have that teenage feeling of invincibility, but they keep the commandments. We are trying to teach them that sometimes decisions are made that are not necessarily “immoral”, they may still be just stupid and they can lead to big problems.