Mac’s Message #59: Boys Need Strong Men of God to Guide Them

  The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that we have “an imperative duty that we owe to all the rising generation.” He further admonished that “these should be attended to with great earnestness” and to “let no man count them as small things” (D&C 123:11,14,15). It is no small thing that you, as a Young […]

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Mac’s Message #58: The Impact of One Great Scouting Leader

One of the great regrets of my life is that I never became an Eagle Scout. I only made it to the level of Second Class Scout. I dropped out of Scouting when my troop had a change in adult leadership. Almost immediately our troop went from a quality Scouting experience to a program that […]

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Mac’s Message #57: How Boy-Led Scouting Prepares Young Men for Missionary Service

My blog messages for the past month have shown how perfectly designed the programs, principles, and practices of Scouting are for preparing LDS young men for full-time missionary service. To serve effectively, young men need to be spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and financially self-reliant. Surely Baden-Powell was inspired by the Lord in founding a […]

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Mac’s Message #56: How Scouting/Aaronic Priesthood Leadership Roles Prepare Young Men for Missionary Service

With young men now leaving for a full-time mission at an earlier age—many just out of high school—the six years a boy spends in Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood are vital preparation for a full-time mission and a lifetime of priesthood service. Young men need leadership experience long before they become trainers of “green” missionary […]

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Mac’s Message #55: How the Scout Law Applies to Missionary Service

Imagine how wonderful it would be if every missionary in the Church lived according to the Scout Law. Imagine how powerful the two years of a young man’s mission would be if he exemplified the values espoused in these Scouting standards. In this week’s blog message I wish to explore how the principles of the […]

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Mac’s Message #54: How Acquiring Merit Badges Helps Prepare Young Men for Missionary Service

Last week I shared with you the lamentations of a former mission president’s wife who said far too many young men enter the mission field without being spiritually, mentally, emotionally, or physically prepared for missionary service. This week I wish to share more of her concerns and show how acquiring specific merit badges can proactively […]

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Mac’s Message #53: How Scouting Prepares a Young Man to Serve an Honorable Full-time Mission

In a potentially game-changing talk at the October 2002 general priesthood meeting, Elder M. Russell Ballard said, “The standard for missionary service is being raised.” He instructed bishops and stake presidents to “recommend only those young men and women whom you judge to be spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared to face today’s realities of […]

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Mac’s Message #52: How Perfect Is Your Scouting Program?

This week’s blog message signifies the achievement of one complete year of Mac’s Messages on the LDS-BSA Relationships website. I’m sure there may be some people who have read my blog messages who feel I have a very idealistic view of LDS Scouting. Perhaps I’m somewhat Pollyannish in my expectations of adult Young Men leaders […]

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Mac’s Message #51: Dealing With Unruly Boys (Part 3)

  In my final message about dealing with unruly boys in your Scouting program I would like to provide some practical advice and techniques you can use to help improve the behavior of disruptive young men. I believe the best foundation for maintaining harmony in a Scouting unit is to have a consistent structure to […]

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Mac’s Special Message on the Church’s Continued Partnership with the BSA

Yesterday leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement from the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles regarding the Church’s relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. The Church reiterated its intention to continue to help the BSA “succeed in its historic mission to instill […]

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Mac’s Message #49: Dealing With Unruly Boys (Part 1)

Sometimes I have no idea why I feel impressed to write a certain blog message at a given time. But I feel impressed to post this message today. This is part one of a three-part series on the topic of dealing with unruly boys in your Scouting unit. The first time I served as a […]

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