Los líderes de la BSA visitar sitios de la Iglesia para fortalecer las relaciones

Explorando los profesionales y voluntarios de 12 y consejos 7 -estados se reunieron en Salt Lake City, Utah, Septiembre 28th a través de 30th for the LDS-BSA Relationships Seminar. Que se celebra cada abril y octubre, el evento de tres días coincide con la conferencia general de La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días.

El objetivo del seminario es fortalecer las relaciones SUD-BSA a través de una comprensión más profunda de la Iglesia. Los invitados incluyen Consejo de Key-3s, LDS-BSA Relaciones presidentes de los comités, y Scouting profesionales de muchos credos. Los participantes del recorrido las instalaciones clave de la Iglesia, noticias de la iglesia y los líderes de Scouting, y asistir a dos sesiones de la conferencia general.

“A lo largo del seminario nos esforzamos para dar scouters una visión de cómo y por qué la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días utiliza el Movimiento Scout. Queremos que los miembros de la Iglesia y los de otras religiones por igual a entender cómo el Movimiento Scout fortalece los hombres jóvenes,”Explicó Mark Francis, Director Relaciones Sud-BSA. “There is a tremendous interest in successful LDS-BSA relationships committees and how Scouting functions to support the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood.”

The opening event was a Thursday evening training session at the Church Office Building with M. Joseph Brough, second counselor in the Young Men General Presidency. His comments were a wonderful introduction to the position and structure of the Church. Viendo un clip de La Primera Visión fue un punto culminante de la noche.
Participants gathered again early Friday morning and traveled to Provo, Utah. Guests who were members of the Church took a special tour of BYU while guests of other faiths were privileged to tour the Missionary Training Center.

President Gilbert of the MTC presidency first explained more about the specific training young missionaries receive before going out into the world. He answered questions about missionaries including where they live in the mission field, if they always travel in pairs, how they are selected to serve, and what their daily activities include. Luego, los participantes visitaron las aulas con los misioneros y observaron la enseñanza de idiomas.

“¿Por qué decidió ir a la misión?”“¿Cómo va a pagar por su misión?” “Are you an Eagle Scout?”Y muchas otras preguntas se hicieron de los misioneros. Varios asistentes comentaron que su visita a la MTC fue el punto culminante de su fin de semana.

Frank Solla from the Greater Wyoming Council shared, “We visited a classroom where the missionaries were learning Spanish. I asked if any of them were Eagle Scouts. Seven of the eight young men were Eagle Scouts. The one who wasn’t was a recent convert to the church and mentioned that he wished he’d had a chance to be a Scout. Of the young sister missionaries, all of them had a brother who was an Eagle, and one sister had five brothers who were all Eagle Scouts!”

Following the Provo events, the entire group returned to the Church’s Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake City for a training session on LDS-BSA relationships with Brother Francis.

“La relación entre la Iglesia y el BSA se remonta a más 100 años,”Enseñó Hermano. “La asociación con la Iglesia BSA fue una bendición para la organización relativamente nueva Scouting. Además, la disposición de la BSA para aceptar a la Iglesia como un socio fletado durante un tiempo cuando no había una opinión favorable de los mormones fue también un acto de buena voluntad. colectivamente, tenemos la capacidad para resolver los problemas más difíciles y encontrar soluciones para beneficio de todos “.

Los participantes también tuvieron oportunidades durante el fin de semana para visitar la Biblioteca de Historia Familiar, Museo de Historia de la Iglesia, y lugares adicionales en la Manzana del Templo.

That evening they heard from Sister Joy D. Jones, Primaria General Presidente. Sister Jones shared a touching story of a Scoutmaster who blessed the lives of two of her sons, consistently helping them to do “one more thing” or take “one more step” on their journey to Eagle. Sister Jones then asked the group to think of a mentor who had made a difference to them. Her final challenge was to go and “make a difference” for someone, even one person.

El sábado el grupo asistió a la sesión de la mañana de la conferencia general en el Centro de Conferencias.

“Sometimes people ask me why attending general conference is so significant to our partnership,” commented Brother Francis during lunch. “But we think about the highest level Church experience we can offer our friends and it’s the chance to hear from our prophet and apostles. Wherever you live across the nation you can now go back and have a conversation with your LDS colleagues and share with them what you experienced here in Salt Lake. That builds relationships.”

Saturday meals included visits and remarks from Young Men general board member Steven Lund. Brother Lund shared several resources with the guests including the Para la fuerza de la juventud pamphlet and the Artículos de fe. After reviewing the articles one by one with the group he concluded, “God is the father of us all. And it makes perfect sense to me that we should be sharing best practices of good will with men of many faiths as we do in Scouting. I’m grateful to be a Boy Scout. I’m grateful for what you do and am grateful to be in such a place with good people.”

First counselor Douglas D. Holmes attended the final Saturday meal and enjoyed visiting with each attendee and then spoke to the group as the meal ended.

“The hope of the rising generation is—I believe—what motivates many of us in Scouting. There is a need for greater civility in this world, and that’s one thing we love about Scouting. We love that community. We love to understand and help others understand us better. The world would be a better place if we all went forward with more understanding.”

“We know that in the Church we are not always the best Scouters,” he continued with a smile. “But we appreciate your patience with us. Hopefully what you have felt this weekend is that what we really strive to be is true followers of Jesus Christ. We’re grateful for the help that Scouting gives us in trying to do that. We appreciate all that you do for the youth of our church and the youth of the nation and the youth of the world.

~ Contribuido por Nettie H. Francis, LDS-BSA Volunteer


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  1. Bill Chapman dice:

    Sounds like another great LDS-BSA relationships conference!

  2. Laurie Bateman dice:

    Gran artículo, Gracias! I will be using some of these quotes in our upcoming Stake Auxiliary Training.


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