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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Mac’s Message #8: Understand How the Scouting Programs Build Upon Each Other

There is a way to be successful in every element of your life. All you have to do to succeed is figure “it” out. Figure out how to be successful in that particularly portion of your life—and then do “it.” The “its” in life are usually very simple and clear if you think about it. […]

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Mac’s Message #7: Become a Trained Scout Leader

One would never jump into the pilot seat of a cargo plane and try to fly it without first reading the manuals and getting fully trained in piloting skills. Yet many Young Men leaders jump into their Scouting position with no intention of getting properly trained when they’ve been given stewardship for the most precious […]

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Mac’s Message #6: View Your Calling as a Long-Term Commitment

    Perhaps one of the greatest weaknesses in the Aaronic Priesthood program is the assumption (or desire) by some Young Men adult leaders that their calling is only temporary. A man who believes he will only be in his position a short time typically does not commit to run the Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting […]

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Mac’s Message #5: Overcoming the Traditions of the Past

Speaking of the Lamanites, the prophet Alma said, “it is because of the traditions of their fathers that caused them to remain in their state of ignorance” (Alma 9:16). Some Young Men adult leaders unknowingly create and foster traditions that are destructive to our youth. Many Aaronic Priesthood leaders have never witnessed a properly functioning […]

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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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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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