From 36 to Thousands

 from Deseret News wrote,

A group of young men and their leaders were surprised by just how influential positive words can be.

A unexpected youth activity taught a group of young men and women the power of positive words and is now reaching beyond the small group to thousands.

Tim Johnson, art director at KSL Television, was one of the leaders in charge of the combined teen activity for the Pleasant Grove Utah Mount Mahogany Stake 4th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just days before the event.

The teachers quorum and leaders organized an activity based around the song “Words” from Christian rock band Hawk Nelson. The lyrics read, “Words can build us up. Words can break us down. Start a fire in our hearts or put it out.”

Inspired by this message, the young men wrote words and phrases about each young woman while the girls were in another room. They then had each girl come into the room to be surprised with the positive words from the boys. The girl’s reactions were more enthusiastic than Johnson or the young men had anticipated.

“From that very first reaction we thought, ‘Oh boy this is, that was pretty cool,'” Johnson said. “I don’t necessarily know what we were expecting per se, but it was different. There was something just in the air that you could feel that said, ‘Yeah, this is what can happen when you treat people the way that they need to be treated.'”

The girls enjoyed their experience so much, they all stayed in the room to watch as the rest of the girls came in and read the kind words written about them.

“By and large, it was amazing,” Johnson said. “… And it has nothing to do with me, and it has everything to do with, ‘Wow, I didn’t know my peers looked at me like that.'”

“To group it all into one, just don’t be afraid to compliment someone,” he said.

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