아직 정찰: 미시간 가족의 생각

마태 복음에서 13:33, 예수님은 하늘 나라는 누룩과 같으니 "고 가르친다, 어떤 여자가했다, 및 식사의 세 가지 조치에 숨겨, 전체가 부풀 때까지. "

내가 십대 때, I once made a batch of cookies. Lacking experience I didn’t realize that there was a problem with the baking soda. It was very lumpy! I made the cookies as I always did, and they looked and smelled delicious. But when I bit into the first beautiful cookie, I discovered my mistake. Whenever I encountered a lump of baking soda the most dreadful taste would overwhelm the delicious cookie-ness and the whole batch was ruined!

내가 배운 교훈은 명백했다: Leaven doesn’t work when it all ends up in a lump. 오히려, leaven works best when it is evenly distributed throughout the dough.

As followers of Jesus Christ we have a responsibility to be actively engaged in our communities. When we clump together—only associating with members of our own congregations, only participating in activities sponsored by our own church—we miss valuable opportunities to be the leaven that the world so desperately needs. 또한, 우리는 종종 슬프게도 기독교인들은 판단하고 씨족있는 고정 관념을 강화.

Throughout my life I have come to feel that the real reason we tend to stick together as Church members is because it is easier. Too often we are timid or afraid to put ourselves in “밖 교회” 불쾌감이나 조롱의 두려움에 대한 상황.

그것은 교회에서 친구를 쉽게 만들 수 있지만, (적어도 나에게는) 훨씬 더 어려운 다른 설정에서. 나는 낯선 사람과 대화를하거나에 "동료"에서 관계를 이동하는 투쟁 "친구."

올해 12 월, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will end its partnership with the Boy Scouts of America. When I heard about this change I was shocked. Our family has been involved in our Latter-day Saint Scout troop since our oldest son was a toddler. My husband and I have served in a variety of callings in our ward including Scoutmaster, 위원회 위원, 위원회 위원장, 덴 지도자, and commissioner. For us, Scouting in the Church has been a wonderful and natural way to reach out into our community. Just by showing up to Roundtable and other meetings and training opportunities, 나는 내가 같은 가치와 목표의 많은 공유하는 몇 가지 놀라운 사람들 - 사람들과 관계를 구축; 서비스 및 청소년에 대한 열정이있는 사람, 그리고 두려워하지 않는 사람들은 재미를.

교회 발표 후, 우리는이 년 후에 참석하기 위해 우리 가족 스카우트의 미래와 더 이상 후기 성도 단위를 갖는 미치는 영향을 논의. 우리는 또한 우리의 아이들을 위해 우리의 욕망을 고려, 아직도의 자연적인 결과는 스카우트 활동에 참여하고.

특히, 우리는상의 했어:

1) 우리 아이들의 현재와 미래의 요구

2) 우리 가족의 현재와 미래의 시간 약속

3) 스카우트는 여전히 우리에게 제공하는 현재와 미래의 기회는 우리 지역 사회에 참여하는.

우리는 결론을 내렸다 우리 아이들의 요구에 응답, 우리는 가장 확실 스카우트는 우리의 소녀와 우리의 소년 모두 제공하는 무엇을 하시겠습니까. 주로, 성격과 리더십 개발뿐만 아니라 모험과 우정, 심지어 우리의 말일 후 세인트 병력이 끝났습니다.

스카우트 참여의 시간 약속에 대응, we decided that we are already 우리의 현재의 시간에서 퍼팅 병력 및 팩을 교회 전세, 그래서 올해 말 지역 사회 팩과 병력에 그 시간을 전송하는 것은 같은 것.

그리고 마지막으로, we desire to be 효모 in our community. Our Church family is so wonderful and important to us, 하지만 우리는 (our family 그리고 our Church) are part of a community. There are people all around us who need the love, 서비스, 우정, and leadership that Scouting can help provide. By participating in the Boy Scouts of America we can bless the lives of 많은 사람들, young and old alike. We believe it is 항상 in everyone’s best interest when more of the youth in our communities learn to make “moral and ethical choices throughout their lives.”

결론적으로, whether your family chooses to continue in Scouting after this year or searches out other community opportunities that better fit your interests and needs, I invite you to remember that the Lord has commanded us to be leaven; 그리고, though we are few in number, we can have an uplifting influence on the world around us when we reach out and participate in our communities.

~Contributed by Bernice H. Oliver

Sister Oliver currently serves as a Wolf Den leader and an adult Sunday School teacher in the Wyoming Ward, 그랜드 래 피즈 미시간 스테이크

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  1. Jim VanderRoest 말한다:

    Bernice–잘 넣어, as I’d expect from a great Scout family like yours. Your WB Scoutmaster approves this message!

  2. Sheila Foraker 말한다:

    Outstanding commentary! 감사합니다.

  3. Brett Bybee 말한다:

    Very inspiring! 감사합니다.

  4. 맥 McIntire 말한다:

    Outstanding point. 에 자리. Thank you so much for giving members of the Church a wonderful reason to stay involved in Scouting.

  5. Harvey Armbrust 말한다:

    I completely agree with your thoughts on how involvement in Scouting help us to work with others outside the Church. I had great conversations with Scout Leaders who were not of our Church during Wood Badge Training. These are great people who want to help youth succeed. They sacrifice many hours of training and service.
    My question for you is (as I will face this issue real soon) how will you participate in other Troops that plan many activities on Sunday?

  6. Bernice Oliver 말한다:

    Thanks for bringing that up Harvey. And my answer is that I don’t really know yet. Our family has had several conversations on the topic and here’s what we’ve decided so far: 1) it is ok for us to pack up and go home Saturday night even if everyone else is staying and 2) the more involved my husband and I are in the troop/pack/crew the more influence we can have over the decisions that are made.
    Maybe we will have to pass on some camp outs. I expect the Lord will show us the way forward as we step out into the unknown.

  7. Scott Weed 말한다:

    Thanks for sharing such an important truth. I think in the past, one of the most commonly overlooked benefits of scouting in the Church was the opportunity it gave our leaders to rub shoulders with some of the best members of our communities; these other scouters are people committed to the ideals of scouting, *voluntarily* choosing to serve.
    Changing gears here: maybe I’m reading between the lines too much, but it has come up so often lately in articles and conversations that I get the sense people are forgetting that the Church will be rolling out a *replacement* program for everything scouting was for our 8-18 y.o. boys as well as for the young women. As parents of two girls and four boys, my wife and I are so excited and hopeful because we trust that, as great as scouting has been for our children, the new programs will be even better! So as Church members, we’re not losing a youth programwe’re gaining a new one that better meets their needs.

  8. George Weight 말한다:

    Very good question, Harvey Armbrust. Part of the answer lies in returning to an “구식” idea of tolerance. We can expect many who otherwise lead respectful, ethical lives but do not believe in or honor a sabbath day to plan Sunday activities. We can also expect those who view their Sabbath to fall on Friday Evening to Saturday or on Saturday itself (Jewish, Seventh Day Adventists, 등입니다.) to not want to participate on those days. Others who consider themselves religious but don’t support organized denominations will have their reactions as well.
    It comes down to respecting others, making our own choices, and not expecting everyone to be supportive of every activity.
    Much will depend on how actively involved parents become at the unit committee level. Reasonable people in committee meetings can work through the diverse needs of their member families and youth.

  9. ona ottis mwakutuya 말한다:

    Very inspiring indeed, 감사합니다, i will share your story with all the members of our group.

  10. Greg Pedlow 말한다:

    Speaking as a former Troop Committee Chairman of a BSA troop at SHAPE (NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in Belgium and a non-LDS Scouter, I can assure you that non-church BSA units are quite prepared to be flexible in planning and conducting activities. We had several LDS families in our troop from a previous LDS BSA unit at SHAPE that had disbanded before I came into our troop, and we knew that these leaders and Scouts need to depart weekend campouts on Saturday evening, so we planned accordingly. I am sure your church will develop a great program for your youth, but I have to agree with Bernice’s views about the importance of interacting with individuals outside your church. I think you all already know that most of us non-LDS Scout leaders have very similar views to yours about about the importance of families, proper values for youth, good citizenship, and the benefits that Scouting brings to young people, even if we may not share the same religious beliefs, and I encourage LDS families to remain active in Scouting.

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