Mac’s Message: Welcome to Scouting

Mac McIntire

Mac McIntire

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 see the divinely inspired relationship between the Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting programs.

I have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s restored church upon this earth. I know that God’s holy priesthood has been given to each of us to bless His children and carry out His work upon the earth. I know He loves his children.

Because of His love, He has called you as a shepherd over His “little ones”—the young men in the Aaronic Priesthood. Since God cannot put His arms around these boys or gently teach them eye-to-eye, you stand in His place and represent Him as you guide the fledgling Aaronic Priesthood youth over whom you hold stewardship.

It is my sincere desire that, through this column, you will gain an expanded vision and renewed resolve to magnify your calling as a leader in the Aaronic Priesthood and in Scouting. I hope by reading these messages, and through sincere prayer and diligent seeking, you will know the will of the Lord regarding his young men and will have the strength and diligence to fulfill the Lord’s purposes. I know you can eternally touch the heart of each and every boy, active and inactive, if you will let the Lord guide you as you serve over your little flock.

A few years ago I served as a stake Young Men president. In that calling I had a sacred responsibility to “instruct and advise ward Young Men presidencies.” At that same time I also served on the stake high council with responsibility over the Aaronic Priesthood. As such I was directed to “provide ongoing encouragement, support, and instruction” to the Young Men leaders in the wards. And as an assistant district commissioner in the Scouting program I was tasked with helping units succeed by “offering encouragement and support; helping the leader to see new opportunities for improvement.” In other words, I had been directed not once, not twice, but three times to magnify my callings by doing all I could to help the Young Men leaders in my stake to succeed in their callings.

Now, with this column, and under the influence of the Holy Spirit, I wish to continue in that role by sharing with you weekly messages of spiritual direction and instruction regarding your calling as an Aaronic Priesthood and Scout leader. Each week I will add to this Blog a brief, inspirational thought designed to stimulate additional insight regarding your priesthood and Scout calling. It is my sincere hope that you will find these messages helpful as you strive to diligently serve the young men in your ward or stake.   May the Lord’s choicest blessings be poured out upon you as you faithfully represent Him as an Aaronic Priesthood and Scout leader.

“For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.” (Ezekiel 34: 11 — 12).

-Mac McIntire is a dedicated Scouter who has blessed many lives through his service and acute understanding of the Scouting program. He currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. The views and opinions expressed in this message are solely those of the author.

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  1. Scott says:

    This is awesome, thanks so much for your testimony of the Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting. Many years ago, when I was first called to serve in the stake young mens presidency, I could see the correlation between commissioner work and my role as a stake leader in serving ward’s Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting program. Thank you for reinforcing that. Looking forward to reading you each week.

    1. Bruno Castagno says:

      The boys will keep coming and they will start to bring their friends and membership will in rise dramatically, but still need wait 15-20 years to se the outcome, …

  2. Daniel Chaffin says:

    I look forward to your posts. Any chance you will be entertaining questions? My question is how do we know if our program is effective/successful?

    1. Mac McIntire says:

      Yes, I would be happy to answer any questions anyone might have. As to the answer to your question regarding how to know if one’s Scouting and Aaronic Priesthood program is a success: I believe the answer is in upcoming messages 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8. The real answer is revealed in Message #8 where the purpose of the Scouting program in the Church is discussed. So keep on reading. I’m sure you will discover the answers to all of your questions as you ponder and pray about your calling.

    2. Mac McIntire says:

      Daniel,

      The ultimate answer to the question of how do you know if your AP/Scouting program is a success will now be found in message #9 rather than #8.

  3. Randy Sorensen says:

    Thank you Mac for your willingness to serve. I pray that this will be a successful means in advancing the Aaronic Priesthood. RLS

  4. Bruno Castagno says:

    Great Testemony Mac!
    Will be nice if you can make you blog not only specific to Stake Presudent or Bishopbrick or young man president , but to all who have the same love you have for the scouting and for the gospel.
    Keep up!

    1. Mac McIntire says:

      The Blog messages are directed toward all young men leaders including Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches, Venturing Advisors and their assistants.

  5. David Parker says:

    So you were the Stake YM President AND on the high council at the same time?! Is that normal for other stakes? Both of those seem like pretty heavy duty callings.

    1. Mac McIntire says:

      Not normal. And yes, both callings took a lot of time. The hard part was serving as Stake Young Men President without counselors. I was supposed to use other High Council members to assist me but I figured they were already busy with their HC callings. I only called on them on rare occasions.

  6. James Francisco says:

    Please discuss the importance of BSA position-specific and safety training. Getting LDS leaders to attend so that they know what their responsibilities really are is a huge challenge for us.

    1. Sara says:

      I agree that this is a HUGE challenge that I also encounter all of the time. Without training the leaders are unaware of what they need to be doing for scouting and this hurts the program for the boys.

  7. Mike Ball says:

    Mac, thank you for doing an outstanding job with this Newsletter. It truly is inspiring! I just passed it along to my Stake YM Presidency. Hopefully they enjoy it as much as I do and pass it along to all the YM leaders in the Stake!

    Thanks for being awesome!

  8. Mac says:

    “This program [Scouting] builds boys, builds their future, leads them on the right track so they can make something of their lives, whereas the other kind of behavior just leads to tragedy and difficulty and problems unnumbered. “Every man or woman who helps a boy along the road of life not only does a great thing for him, but does a great thing for society as a whole” (Gordon B. Hinckley, Church News, “Prophet Calls Scout Oath Wise Counsel for All Boys,” May 11, 1996, p. 4).

  9. Mac says:

    “I would like to say that where we find the best Aaronic Priesthood work, we find the best Scouting being done . . . . Every principle of Scouting is a principle of the restored gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no doubt about it.” — Bishop Joseph L. Wirthlin, Improvement Era, Feb. 1951, 87.

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