Return and Report

Return and Report

Return and Report is about accountability.


Accountability is the state of being liable to answer for one's conduct.

D&C 72:3
And verily in this thing ye have done wisely, for it is required of the Lord, at the hand of every steward, to render an account of his stewardship, both in time and in eternity.

Who Are You Accountable To?

God - With God guiding you daily, you can make prayer a time to return and report to Him about how you are following through with promptings and keeping His commandments.

Romans 14:12
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Self - If you have goals or expectations for yourself, keeping track of your progress is a great way to hold yourself accountable.

2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Parents - Reporting to your parents can really help your home run more smoothly, and improve your relationship with them.

Family Members - If a family member is counting on you, open communication about how you are fulfilling their expectations can bring trust.

Leaders - When a leader who has your best interest gives you an assignment, your report will help them know how best to help you succeed.


Go to the person who gave you the assignment. Rather than just passively waiting for them to come to you, seek them out.

Don’t delay, make your report right away.

Luke 10:17
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.


Tell how you accomplished the task, or if there are any problems describe what they are and ask for help.

Ezekiel 9:11
And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.

John 17:4
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.


A really great way to show accountability is to ask if there is anything more that you can do. This shows that you are a willing servant.

Alma 18:14
Therefore Ammon turned himself unto the king, and said unto him: What wilt thou that I should do for thee, O king?

Benefits of Returning and Reporting

Your leaders know how you are doing - Remember, all of these people care about you and want to see you succeed. If they see you are struggling with something, they can help. If they know you are accomplishing your task, then they are happy for your success and can praise you. But if they have no idea what happened to you, then they are left only wondering and your progress and growth are hindered.

You stay on track  - It is easy to get distracted, lose focus, and forget about your assignment. With someone to report to, you will be more motivated to get it done.

You build a trusting relationship with your leaders - They learn that they can count on you, and you learn that they care about you.

You progress - As you report about your progress, your leader is able to give further steps and opportunities for you to grow.

You become more responsible - When you are able to follow the simple habit of returning and reporting, you become capable of taking care of yourself and others.

Be Like Your Heroes

You can print up these Return and Report HERO posters to hang on your wall!