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LDS Church rolls out booklet On standards for all youth

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) will soon launch in Fiji a booklet on standards for youth. The booklet, My Standards, is in response to interest
03 Oct 2018 13:18
LDS Church rolls out booklet On standards for all youth

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) will soon launch in Fiji a booklet on standards for youth.

The booklet, My Standards, is in response to interest from some national governments and other churches and faith groups, says Richard Hunter, the Auckland-based Pacific Area director of the church’s Public Affairs and Communications Department.

   “The church has created My Standards as a more general version of For the Strength of Youth pamphlet.

This new booklet covers the same grounds — such as honesty, education, friends, music, clean language, dating and service to others–but is written in a way that youth from other religions can relate to and benefit from,” Mr Hunter adds.

“So far, the booklet has been shared with several government and faith leaders in New Zealand, Samoa and Australia. We hope to discuss the booklet with Fiji Government and faith leaders in the coming weeks.

“The Church offers the electronic version of the booklet to other organisations that may wish to adapt the material to local needs, translate, print and give it to teenagers.

“Our goal is the same–we want to help all young people to know who they are, what God expects of them in their daily lives, and how they can make choices based on good values which will lead to happy and strong lives.

Area Seventy and manager of the church’s Service Centre, Samabula, Suva, Adolf Johansson said: “The Youth of today are the global citizens of tomorrow, we must teach them the standards of Love and Humanity to ensure a future of peace and prosperity. They are the joy of every responsible parent and the hope of every great society.”Here is the first part of a series on the booklet:

Esteemed Youth

The purpose of this booklet, My Standards: Principles of Success for Youth, is to help you establish guidelines for your life that will help you make correct decisions now and in the future. As you come to understand their importance, you can make these guidelines a standard for your life. If you do so, you will have more security in your life, you will develop your potential, and you will be able to take advantage of the opportunities that await you in the future. You will obtain greater satisfaction and happiness.

Your life is valuable, and you have an important mission to accomplish. Life will offer you many opportunities. With the help of your parents and teachers, you can decide how to apply the instructions in this booklet to your life and use them to your benefit.

Remember, the decisions you make today will affect the course of your life. Many of them will have consequences that will stay with you forever.

In addition to relying on these standards, remember that you are a son or daughter of God. He is very interested in seeing that you are successful and happy. He will help you as you seek His guidance and direction in your life.

We hope you reach your goals and accomplish your dreams!

Freedom to choose         

You can choose right from wrong and act for yourself.

Next to life itself, the right to direct that life is one of our greatest gifts.

A key to success in life is learning to use this freedom wisely.

You are responsible for the choices you make.

Even if your family and friends make mistakes, you can make good decisions. Have the moral courage to stand firm in your resolve to choose well, even if you have to stand alone. As you do this, you set an example for others to follow.

While you are free to choose your course of action, you are not free to choose the consequences. Whether good or bad, consequences follow as a natural result of the choices you make.

Some bad decisions may bring temporary pleasure, but such choices delay your progress and lead to heartache and misery. Good choices lead to true happiness and peace of mind.

You are accountable for what you do with your talents and abilities and how you spend your time. Use your time wisely and choose to do many good things of your own free will.

Question: “Are my choices leading me toward true happiness in the future?”

Honesty

Be honest with yourself and others at all times. Being honest means choosing not to lie, steal, cheat, or deceive in any way.

When you are honest, you will have peace of mind and self-respect and be worthy of the trust of those around you.

Dishonesty harms both you and others. If you lie, steal, or cheat, you damage yourself and your relationships with others. Being honest will enhance your future opportunities and your ability to make good decisions.

Be honest at school and in your job; choose not to cheat in any way. Do not rationalize that being dishonest is acceptable, even though others may think it does not matter, that it’s normal, or that everyone’s doing it.

Be a person of integrity. Integrity is closely associated with honesty. It means thinking and doing what is right at all times, no matter what the consequences. When you have integrity, you are willing to live by your standards and beliefs even when no one is watching.

Choose to live so that your thoughts, words, and behaviour are always in harmony with correct principles.

Question:  “Am I honest in all I think, say, and do?”

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