Mac’s Message #4: Magnifying Your Calling as an Aaronic Priesthood Leader

“There is no more significant work in this world than the preparation of boys to become men of capacity, of strength, of integrity, who are qualified to live productive and meaningful lives.” (President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, April 1985, p. 76) You have been called to an holy calling—to serve as an Aaronic Priesthood leader. […]

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Using the Varsity Section of the New LDS Youth Activities Website

Are you a Varsity Coach or team leader?  Did you know there is a section of the new LDS Youth Activities website just for you? You can find the new Varsity Scout activity website at www.LDS.org. Once on the site, choose “Resources” (under Family), then “Youth,” then “Youth Activities” (under Youth Menu), and finally “Scouting,” […]

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Mac’s Message #3: The Aims and Methods of Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood

The German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche said, “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” It takes a lot of time, energy, and effort to learn how to run a Scouting program the way it is designed. It takes even more determination to actually run the program the prescribed way. Knowing the […]

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Mac’s Message #2: The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America and the Aaronic Priesthood

  Modern day prophets have warned us that the world and the Church are increasingly growing apart. President Thomas S. Monson said, “I’ve lived long enough to have witnessed much of the metamorphosis of society’s morals. Where once the standards of the Church and the standards of society were mostly compatible, now there is a […]

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Mac’s Message #1: Gaining a Vision of Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood

I have a secret. I love Scouting. But I haven’t always felt that way. To be honest I used to think Scouting was silly. I couldn’t fathom why The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“the Church”) supported Boy Scouting. Twice I had been a ward Young Men president and never understood why the […]

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Mac’s Message: Welcome to Scouting

I’ve been asked to write a weekly column for the LDS-BSA Relationships Blog because of my love for Scouting and the Young Men program in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My intention is to provide spiritual direction and instruction targeted specifically toward stake presidencies, bishoprics, and Young Men leaders to help you […]

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