This is the seventh day of our Twelve Days of a Scout Christmas. For the next six days you will find inspiring Christmas messages of Scouts giving the gift of living the Scout Oath and Law. Countdown to Christmas with us as you read these daily messages of Scouts being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
The Christmas story is a story of a family that connects heaven and earth. Each member of Jesus’s earthly family—Mary, Joseph, and Jesus—stands as supernal examples of God’s Christmas gift to all mankind. The Christmas story should spiritually motivate us to emulate the attributes of this holy family. This family was unified in seeking God’s glory; unified in serving one another; unified in fulfilling God’s will; and unified in sacrifice, obedience, and love. This holy family provides us a pattern of attributes that, when emulated by our own families, will enable us to enjoy the same blessings of unity and love they enjoyed.
—Elder Richard J. Maynes
Walter MacPeek tells us a story of a young Scout who had been disobedient, but decided to do what he could to correct it:
Breakfast was over and the camp director stood in front of the mess hall making a short talk. He cleared his throat and launched into his announcement.
“Scouts, there is a very brave camper among us. He was so brave that in the dark of the night he went down behind all the tents last night and cut the ropes that had been placed there for airing our blankets and clothes. This very brave camper; if he’s as brave as I think he is, is going to come to me immediately after breakfast, and he is going to have a busy day.”
You could have heard a pin drop throughout the mess hall. Everybody was quiet. It was a painful quietness.
“I’m afraid he isn’t going to be trampled down by boys coming up and telling him they were the guilty one,” I said to myself as I stood back in an alcove and waited.
But sure enough, a moment later a tousled-haired youngster approached the camp director and shuffling his feet with a guilty grin, indicating that he wasn’t exactly comfortable in his present role, looked into the camp director’s face and said, “Well, when do I begin splicing the ropes?”
The boy who had made a mistake spliced the rope all day long. By nightfall he was the champion rope splicer of the whole camp. But even more than that, he had won the full admiration of every man and boy in the camp. He had made good in a tough spot.
He had made a mistake. He had made a mess of things, yet he was obedient enough to admit his failure, admit his mistake, and do what he could to correct it.