Mac’s Message #36: Strengthen the Testimonies of Your Young Men

I marvel at the brilliance of the structure of the Duty to God process. Each step of the learn, act, and share method is designed to help a young man feel and recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost. Each step builds upon itself and ends in a spiritual crescendo of a boy bearing solemn […]

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Mac’s Message #35: Teach Your Young Men to Pray and Study the Scriptures

In order for a Scouting-age youth to fulfill his duty to God he must know how to pray and study the scriptures. When I first became active in the Church, most of the young adults with whom I associated thought I was a returned missionary. I was very knowledgeable about the gospel because I spent […]

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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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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 #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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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 #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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