Sunday, March 16, 2008

All hands on Deck!

"In these perilous times, as our youth are faced with this increasedadversity, we can learn from others. In the armed forces, particularly inall the navies throughout the world, every seaman understands one phrasethat is a clarion call for immediate help, no matter what he is doing orwhere he is on the ship. The call is 'All hands on deck.' Many abattle at sea has been won or lost by the response to thiscall. "We--as members of the Church, leaders of youth,anxious fathers, and concerned grandfathers--all need to respondto the call for 'all hands on deck' as it pertains to our youth andyoung single adults. We must all look for opportunities to bless the youthwhether or not we are currently closely associated with them. We mustcontinue to teach and fortify fathers and mothers in their divinelydeclared roles with their children in the home.

We must ask ourselvesconstantly if that extra sporting event, that extra activity or errandoutside of the home is more important than families being together athome. "Now is the time, brethren, when in every action we take, inevery place we go, with every Latter-day Saint young person we meet,we need to have an increased awareness of the need for strengthening,nurturing, and being an influence for good in their lives."

Ronald A. Rasband, "Our Rising Generation," Ensign, May 2006, 47

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