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Mac’s Message #34: Duty to God Process Teaches Young Men How to Feel the Spirit

When I was a stake Young Men president several years ago I spoke in a priesthood leadership session of our stake conference. In my remarks I said that the greatest achievement a boy can attain during his years in the Young Men and Scouting programs is not: becoming an Eagle Scout, obtaining a Duty to […]

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LDS Philmont Experiences

Do you want to go to Philmont this summer to improve Scouting in your LDS unit, yet you aren’t serving in a stake presidency? While the popular “LDS Scouting Leadership Conference” sessions are reserved only for specific stake leadership, there are also three other Philmont sessions with LDS Scouting tips open to any Church Scouting […]

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Mac’s Message #33: Scouting and Duty to God

In the Scout Oath a young man pledges to do his duty to God. Duty to God is the first responsibility of a Scouting youth. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints young men of the Aaronic Priesthood are given a Fulfilling My Duty to God: For Aaronic Priesthood Holders (2010) booklet to […]

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Mac’s Message #32: The Importance of Courts of Honor

Recently I witnessed a very sad incident. During the opening segment of a Sunday priesthood meeting the counselor in the bishopric got up and, stating the ward had not had a Scouting court of honor for some time, he proceeded to pass out the rank advancement and merit badges to the boys in the congregation. […]

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Mac’s Message #31: Why Boys Acquire Merit Badges

I hate to be redundant in this week’s blog message, but people learn better through repetition. One of the things you will notice about my blog messages is that I primarily focus on explaining the why of specific elements of LDS Scouting rather than delving into how to do it. There are countless resources available […]

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Mac’s Message #30: Proper Emphasis on Acquiring Rank Advancement and Merit Badges

On September 28, 2001, the First Presidency sent a letter to priesthood leaders in the United States and Canada which stated: “We desire all young men to strive to earn the Eagle Scout and Duty to God Awards” (emphasis added). But why do the leaders of the Church want young men to strive to become […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #4: My EYO Experience

  Sharing our Scouting experiences is one way we strengthen each other, so I thought I’d share one of my eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout experiences with you. Hopefully it will give you some ideas as you deliver on the promise of Scouting. After the bishop extended this calling to me, I recall carefully and prayerfully pondering […]

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Mac’s Message #29: The Importance of the Scout Uniform

  Your boys can tell whether you have a testimony of Scouting and whether you are committed to your calling. They can hear it in your words, see it in your behaviors, observe it in your actions, and sense it in your attitude. Before I gained a testimony of Scouting (Mac’s Message #1), I was […]

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Mac’s Message #28: The Power of Reflection

If you have read any of my blog messages prior to this one, you will have noticed that each message concludes with an opportunity for you to reflect upon what you’ve read. Questions are provided at the end of the article to stimulate your thinking. Hopefully those questions stir within you the desire to take […]

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Mac’s Message #27: Gaining a Vision of Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood

This past Friday the LDS Church News published an article highlighting the LDS-BSA Relationships website. Over six months ago, I started writing a weekly blog on the website regarding LDS Scouting. These blog messages have generated a lot of wonderful discussions, both in the comment section of each blog message and in direct email correspondence […]

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Mac’s Message #26: The Importance of Safety

Over the past several weeks my messages have stressed the importance of getting your Scouting-age boys outdoors doing hard things and serving others. It ought to go without saying that all of your Scouting activities should be done in a safe manner. You have an important responsibility to ensure the Lord’s young men are safe […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #3: They Come for the Games!

Keeping your boys excited about attending Scouts each week should be part of your planning. Understanding the characteristics of eleven-year-old boys will help you design meetings with your eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout patrol leader that has all your EYO Scouts eager to attend each week. My approach as an EYO Scout leader was that the boys […]

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