The young men are asked to wake up at 6:30 so that the can armor up personally and with companions. We gather together for the opening of the day which includes a thought and a prayer, raising our challenge coins.
Facilitator 4 Presentation: Armor Up
Principles to be learned
- We are at war everyday with Satan
- We don’t get to choose to be participants in the war; we only get to choose how to prepare.
- To have a visual understanding of what armoring up means by being able to witness the armor of a Nephite and the lack of armor (Loin Cloth) of a Lamanite
Here’s the Overview: Its Goal is to inspire/motivate participants to understand the importance of armoring up (recognizing the impact of daily personal prayer and scripture study).
Discuss briefly the idea of war. Note that each of us must face a daily battle with the adversary.
Discuss the particulars about Captain Moroni’s life:
How old was Moroni when he took command? Alma 43:17 25 years old (Trustworthy, Reliable)
What was Moroni’s rank? Chief Captain of Chief Captains. (5 Star General, General of the Army analogy)
Why does war come about? War most often comes about because of unrighteousness and dissension. Alma 50:20-22. What is God’s Promise? Keep the commandments = Deliverance. What commandments have we been asked to keep? (Serve a mission)
Moroni and the Nephites experienced 2 years of war followed by 5 years of peace before a 7 year war commenced. What happened during the times of peace? Preparations for war Alma 50:1-6.
What was the difference between the Nephites and the Lamanites when Moroni first took them to battle? Thick clothing and armor Alma 43:18-21 (OCIE Body armor vs loin cloth example).
What are tactics? Calculated strategies. Moroni sent out spies and asked Alma for prophetic guidance Alma 43:23, 24. Has the prophet given us guidance as he did Moroni? What?
Moroni wasn’t blood thirsty. Alma 44:6, 52:37 and 55:19
In any military society, the brutalities of war can unite men in a kind of competition of escalating toughness, competency in killing, and callousness to sensitive feelings. Instead of this we see Moroni and his Chief Captain’s developing loving friendships and righteous desires for liberty and peace.
What kind of man was Captain Moroni? Alma 48:11-17 Talk about his virtues.
Remember you don’t get to decide if you fight or not, the adversary brings the battle to us daily. Yours is the decision to choose how you prepare to fight. Will you choose to prepare like Captain Moroni by putting on the armor of God (personal prayer and scripture study)? Or will you show up like the Lamanties in a loin cloth?
Please remember to ARMOR UP every day! (End Overview)
The facilitator begins to talk about war by giving examples of Captain Moroni and how he prepared for battle. The young men are warned that in the afternoon they will be leaving the peacefulness of this beloved Kodiak course where the spirit is readily available. And in a few hours we will be driving back into the world to test the resolve to be obedient to the lessons they’ve learned while on Kodiak. During the presentation two young men will come forward, one in full battle gear, which represents a fully armored Nephite, and second young men in a loin cloth representing a Lamanite warrior with no armor.
Giving the young men a visual imagine of the importance of armoring up every day so that they can withstand the wiles of the devil. The Nephite is asked to step forward and bow his head. The Facilitator then takes his sword and hits him on the chest armor.
He then asks the Nephite warrior if that hurts? (Warrior replies, No). Then the Facilitator asks the Lamanite warrior to step forward and bow his head. But instead of hitting him on the head, he takes the sword and drags a scratch across his chest with the tip (this action leaves a small mark that signifies why we need armor).
This provides a perfect example of how vulnerable we are to Wiles of the Devil when we don’t “Armor Up” every day. The young men are now fully aware of the importance of Armoring Up daily as they prepare to leave camp.
The Facilitator now asks the young men to stand. The same question is asked that was asked at the beginning of the course, “all that are now 100% sure they are going on a mission, please sit down.” At this point, there might be 1-2 left standing. We applaud them for their honor. Next question, “all of you that are more apt to go on a mission now than we the course began, please sit down.” These questions are asked so that the Bishops and young men’s Presidents will know as they go home which young men they need to work with.
We suggest that the Presiding Authority announce during his closing remarks that the young men should be attending Stake/Ward Mission Prep with the returned missionary’s. When this type of support system occurs it will allow the young men to meet together often which will allow their spirit “to remember” what they learned about the spirit and how to feel at Kodiak. This also provides another opportunity for the “Challenge Coin” to be raised on a weekly basis to continue to motivate and inspire the young men to Armor Up daily. There are also “Armor Up” medallions for Young Women who attend Mission Prep to allow then to participate in the Challenge.
We also suggest that the Stake/Ward have a Fireside soon after Kodiak, and invite the parents/families/friends of the young men to attend. Give all the young men who would like to speak a chance to share with others, how their lives have changed since Kodiak.
At the conclusion of the presentation we will leave with a thought and prayer. The young men are then to go clean up camp and a service project is provided for them to serve those that have provided the camping facilities. We then gather in a circle, all the participants, we sing called to serve, have a final thought and prayer, and depart for home. At this point on course, we invite all leaders to continue the processes we have learned, IE., to have thoughts and prayers whenever they meet, including reminding the young men to ask for forgiveness and for the Lord’s spirit to be with them during activities and all camp outs. To allow time after every activity to have a reflection so the young men can express what the spirit has taught them during their activity. The true legacy of the course happens when the leaders go home and continue to implement the standards set during Kodiak.
Gather together, have a thought and a prayer before and after breakfast. Pick up bags with sack lunch.
Service project, either around farm or at the Shooting Range. Here we are picking up brass.
Before camp is dismissed a “Service Project” should be required for the young men and Leaders to participate in.