LDS Scouting in the Far East Council

My name is William “Bill” Bryson and I currently serve as the council president for the Far East Council, which is headquartered in Japan, and provides BSA programs for Scouts and Scouters in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and the Philippines.  Over the last several years I have had many wonderful opportunities to work with […]

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Mac’s Message #11: Help Your Young Men Feel and Recognize the Spirit

I have found in my many years in Scouting that some of the most powerful spiritual experiences for young men come not in the priesthood quorum classroom, but while standing on a distant mountain top, hiking on a narrow trail in a thick forest, sitting quietly by a crystal clear lake, or while gathered as […]

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Mac’s Message #10: Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood Should Be a Spiritual Training Camp

The six years a young man spends in the Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting programs should be a spiritual training camp. During this period the boy should rub shoulders with spiritually tuned parents and mentors, enjoy meaningful outdoor activities, learn practical leadership skills, pray regularly, and thoroughly immerse himself in the “priesthood playbook” (the scriptures). A […]

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Mac’s Message #9: Purpose of Scouting and Aaronic Priesthood Is to Bring Young Men to Christ

As an Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting leader your ultimate goal is to create conditions and provide experiences that bring young men to Christ. Your second priority is to strengthen the family. Elder David A. Bednar suggests that if your Young Men activities and associations do not foster faith in Christ or strengthen families, you shouldn’t […]

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