I think it's common sense, and a well known fact, that even Mormon youth
can drift and get on the wrong path.It's interesting to read
and think about these famous cases, but in reality it happens every day.
That's why we need good parents who know bad things can happen when they
let their children drift, and good scout leaders, and good YM/YW leaders
dedicated to the youth and willing to spend their time watching and working with
the youth of our generation to help them when they drift.
"Born Robert Leroy Parker on April 15, 1866, Butch Cassidy’s family
felt he drifted into the criminal life as a result of unsavory company:
primarily Jim Marshall and Mike Cassidy..." Interesting to me that a family
was using this excuse for a poorly behaving child even such a long time ago.
It's true that we shouldn't encourage bad influences on our children,
but many times the parents who are sure that their kid's friends are the
bad influence-- their kid is really the ringleader. Or if he isn't the
leader, there still is a reason he's choosing to be with those friends.
Personal responsibility and shaping the character of your own child is the only
answer, blaming friends is the lazy path.Seems like it would be an