You are beloved sons and daughters of God and He is mindful of you. You have come to earth at a time of great opportunities and also of great challenges. The standards and responsibilities in this section will help you get the most out of your education and with the important choices you are making now and will yet make in the future.
As you grow in your skills and character, you will enjoy an increasing degree of happiness. During this time of focusing on your purpose and becoming a leader, you will also build a strong foundation of faith in yourself, in your future and in your God. In all that you do, stay focused on Him.
Our Father in Heaven has placed great trust in you. He has a work for you to do. Seek His guidance in prayer, and counsel with your parents and leaders. The decisions you make now will set the course for much of what will follow during your mortal life and throughout eternity. As you live a valiant and faithful life, you will be an influence for good in helping to build His kingdom.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother.” God has commanded you to honor your parents by obeying them, showing them love and gratitude, and respecting them. “Honoring your parents by living a good life and by showing them that you love and appreciate them are gifts that last forever. To your earthly mother and father and to your Heavenly Parents, you are a most valuable treasure. Their love and concern for you never ends. We can trust your parents to want what is best for us. They love us and want us to be happy.”
The foundational goals for your education are:
- Strengthened relationship with the Creator.
- To develop strong moral character.
- To learn self-governance. To develop a lifelong love of learning.
- Proficiency in all academic subjects chosen for study.
- Confidence in talents needed to reach one’s full potential.
It will be a blessing and a support to your development to set more specific goals (tailored to your personal mission). It helps to do this regularly during goal planning and mentoring sessions with your parents. For those of you who are starting as the youngest students you will have the blessing of parents to help guide and direct your goals until you mature and can shoulder the responsibility to set your own goals and check them with your parents.
When you attend your group or class, remember that everything has been organized for your benefit. The teachers and leaders come early to meet and pray to bring the right spirit into the building, and they are constantly praying for their ability to help you. It is your responsibility to use your time wisely and to be prepared to learn. The main tools for learning are your scriptures, things to write with and things to write on, your projects or curriculum for independent study, and basic art and craft supplies as needed for your work. Other tools like having a way to organize your work will help you find what you need and easily share your progress with your parents at home.
One of your best tools to let the other players on your team be able to support your win is monthly goal planning and mentoring sessions. These short meetings are to review the things your parents and leaders are seeing in you that are awesome! It’s a time to see who you want to become and find ways that your “team” can support you having the opportunities that will lead there. These meetings are also where your parents can see your progress and know if you are ready to move forward. To take full advantage of this time it is important to be coach able and teachable. Keep the goals you set in mind as you go through the month, then be ready to report on your progress. An easy way to do this is to keep your goals recorded, updated and with you while you work using The EDGE Journal (details in the resources at the end of this book).
Starting your day with a devotional, as a group with your fellow students, sets the tone for your time spent together. Some of the leadership opportunities are:
- Offering a prayer during the opening devotional
- Offering a prayer at the close of the group time
- Being the “welcome” student who leads the devotional, welcoming in guests, introducing participants, leading the opening song and making any announcements to the group
- Giving the devotional talk – these topics are chosen by the group leaders on the subject of leadership and should be between 1 to 5 minutes long and could teach the principle using a personal story, a lesson from a leader (current or from history), and/or scripture.
- Students in advanced group levels are often asked to assist the teachers in leading an activity with other group levels.
- The level of Senior Scholar qualifies you to be elected onto the student council.
As you move into each developmental level, you will have more opportunities to participate in leadership roles. You will find that your education will be even more valuable to you as you find ways to serve others with your talents!
Everyday you will have a time dedicated for “Recall.” This is a special time to understand, clarify, remember what you are learning, recall spiritual experiences, see new insights, and recognize your growth. “Knowledge carefully recorded is knowledge available in time of need. Spiritually sensitive information should be kept in a sacred place that communicates to the Lord how you treasure it. This practice enhances the likelihood of your receiving further light.” Record and organize your thoughts and impressions in a way that fits how you learn. Use it often to review, assess, and record what you have learned. Some use their recall journal to record impressions during their personal and family or group study.
This program is designed to lead to your growth, benefit, and true freedom, even in the suggested standards for dress. When you dress nicer than would traditionally be worn to play with friends, it gives you the opportunity to let the way you present yourself reflect your intentions to have a productive and uplifting day. God has continually counseled His children to dress modestly and this means more than avoiding any clothing that is tight, sheer, or revealing in any other manner. It includes not being inappropriately casual in clothing, hairstyle, and behavior. When you are well groomed and modestly dressed, you invite the companionship of the Spirit and you can be a better influence on others. Your dress and grooming influence the way you and others act. If you are not sure what is appropriate to wear, pray for guidance, and ask your parents or leaders for help.