LDS Young Men

Choices have consequences

Posted in Choices have consequences by ldsym on July 11, 2008

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.

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  1. […] Here is how I roll: I think we correctly push standards on the youth– clear bright-lined standards that are non-negotiable. We expect them to follow them, and to repent when they don’t. I see no value in extending those standards when some local leader has an opinion on teen eating habits. Lets focus on the standards in For Strength of Youth, and not seek to expand them and put a “sin” tag when they make an unwise , yet morally neutral choice.  I wrote about this a few posts back. […]

  2. […] the boys could identify with it since it happened on a camping trip. I have posted before on how sometimes a decision isn’t immoral, but is just stupid, and how difficult it is to get invincible teenagers to consider this, this story will hopefully at […]


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