“童军是不是奖项; 它是关于经验,”道格拉斯说：d. 霍姆斯, 第一次辅导员在年轻男子一般轮值主席国, 在4月前大会举行的最近LDS-BSA关系研讨会. “It’s about experiences that matter.”
The experiences that matter most in Scouting are those that bring young men to Christ and help them “become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live by its teachings” (手册 2: 管理教会, 8.1.3). Scouting—particularly LDS Scouting—is all about learning one’s duty to God. It is about connecting young men to heaven, meaning connecting them to their Heavenly Father; His Son, 耶稣基督, and to the Holy Ghost. Scouting experiences should be purposely focused on helping young men feel close to the Godhead.
When Moses was on a high mountain he talked to God and was reminded of his divine heritage. He was humbled by the immenseness of God’s creations. Although he felt insignificant in comparison, he was reminded again and again that he is a son of God (Moses 1:2-6). Perhaps like the Psalmist, 他, 太, thought: “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, [yet] hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet . . . O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” (Psalm 3—6, 9).
No wonder we want our young men to get out among nature. No wonder outdoor activities are a significant part of the Aaronic Priesthood program, with Scouting as a means to connect young men to heaven. Being out under the heavens—the stars, the sky, sunsets and sunrises—can be an awesome, emotional experience that causes a boy to feel God’s presence. Since the beginning of time, the wilderness has been the location of significant conversion experiences. It has been the place where fulfilling one’s duty to God and accepting one’s priesthood stewardship has been galvanized. Private, reflective, spiritual moments in the woods, out in the desert, or on a mountain top have turned many of God’s children from a world of sin to a life of service.
As I said in one of my blog messages, “The six years a young man spends in the Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting program should be a spiritual training camp. During this period, a boy should rub shoulders with spiritually tuned parents and mentors, 享受有意义的室外活动, 学习实际的领导技能, 经常祷告，, and thoroughly immerse himself in the ‘priesthood playbook’ (圣经 》). 周密, spiritually-focused, 全面的斯密和侦察经验可以帮助年轻人永久捕获他们可望而不可及的证词. It can anchor boys to the saving principles of the gospel” (Mac ’ s 消息 #10).
A former member of my ward often shared the purpose his mission president established for the missionaries in his area. Their goal was to “Help Others Feel and Recognize the Spirit.” This mission president realized HOFRS (pronounced hoe-fers) experiences were critical to helping people “become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live by its teachings.” Adult Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting leaders ought to be in the business of creating numerous opportunities for HOFRS experiences for young men. Youth are connected to heaven and become closer to God and His Son, 耶稣基督, when they feel and recognize the Spirit of the Holy Ghost while engaging in 有意义 priesthood quorum and Scouting activities. Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting activities ought to be a spiritual feast, rather than a mere fun-fest. They ought to focus young men on heavenly things, rather than on the things of the world.
At the recent LDS-BSA Relationships Seminar, Brother Holmes said, “Scouting is a tool to make our young men better disciples of Christ. But it is only a tool.” What priesthood leaders do with that tool, and how they labor in the Lord’s vineyard, can significantly impact whether a boy is firmly connected to heaven. 因此, let us “Go to, 和劳动葡萄园, 与 [我们] might” that we may “have joy in the fruit” of our labors and preserve for the Lord that “which is most precious unto him” (雅各 5:71, 74).
- Do your Scouting activities connect your boys to their Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost?
- Do you regularly take your young men out into the mountains, the woods, the desert, or the plains so they can feel God’s presence through the wonders of the nature?
- Are you providing your boys with numerous HOFRS experiences?
- Do your Scouting activities help make your young men better disciples of Christ?
- 你会开始做什么, 停止做, 或做得更好，因为你的倒影?
“And we also had many revelations, and the spirit of [侦察]; 你为何, we knew of Christ and his kingdom, which should come” (雅各 1:6).
-Mac 麦金太尔是专用的童军称颂许多人的生命，通过他的服务和急性对侦查程序的理解. 他目前住在拉斯维加斯, 内华达州. 此消息中表示的意见只是那些作者.