LDS Young Men

Choices Have Consequences & Repentance

Posted in Choices have consequences by ldsym on August 22, 2008

Here is one of my favorite stories from my Monson list. It is from Outside Magazine’s website.

It is about a 23 year-old Luke Rodolph, and how a moment of his carelessness took the life an innocent man, and left him living a nightmare of regret for his actions.

From Outside Magazine

Luke Rodolph

Luke was camping with his family in the remote Wind River Mountain Range in Wyoming. While on the rim he and his brothers were messing around throwing large rocks over the edge. They had no idea a couple of climbers were just below them. One of Luke’s rocks fell on climber Pete Absolon, killing him instantly. Jeff Herlihy was Absolon’s climbing partner, and survived the accident:

Herlihy wrestled with Absolon’s body to retrieve the gear he’d need to get down. Blood spilled all over him, on the rope, and on the haul bag. He considered bringing the body along but decided the effort would slow him down and might get him killed. (more…)


Extending the Word of Wisdom: keep it to yourself.

Posted in Choices have consequences, word of wisdom by ldsym on July 22, 2008

Here is an interesting post over on white-shirted sepulchre blog on local leaders using their personal, expanded reading of the Word of Wisdom to judge their youth.

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.

BTW- Energy drinks are stupid, clearly not healthy, and expensive. I am not in any way endorsing them. I am just not in favor of personal doctrines finding their way into local Church teachings.

Choices have consequences

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

I found a posting on 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.