斯科特的兄弟会博客 #9: 如何OA准备少年人中庙祭祀

斯科特瑞琪

斯科特瑞琪

在导致留在我的使命的几个月里,我曾在奥格登寺场地管理员. 虽然我曾担任代理的洗礼为死者的次数, 我曾在寺庙进行其他仪式的了解甚少. 仍, 我正准备接受寺庙条例, which is one of the 斯密的目的.

Of course I knew that there were ordinances referred to as initiatory, the endowment, and finally sealings that bind families together eternally. I knew that temple worshippers dressed in white and that endowed Church members continually wear a sacred temple garment under their clothing. 毕竟, my parents were faithful temple worshippers and I saw people coming and going from the temple day after day. But as I approached my own endowment, I had only the foggiest idea of what I would experience after entering the temple that morning.

Church members preparing to enter the temple for their own ordinances nowadays can attend a temple preparation class and can study the excellent manual Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple. Even seasoned temple attenders can benefit from such study. But many first time attenders that have thus prepared still feel like they are in unfamiliar territory as they make progressive covenants in ceremonies that seem peculiar to them. Some come away feeling uncomfortable.

As explained in Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple, “the teaching of the temples is done in symbolic fashion.” While we all use symbols constantly, the symbolism used in the temple often seems to hearken back to a different era. This should not be surprising, since much of what occurs in the temple has been restored from ancient ordinances.

Despite being told to be at peace, I was nervous as I entered the temple for my own endowment. Friends had elusively warned me that I might be uncomfortable. But as I participated in temple ceremonies that day, I quickly sensed a certain degree of familiarity. Although 箭头的顺序 ceremonies are vastly different than temple worship, I found that the symbolic approach I had often experienced at OA ceremonies had prepared me well for temple worship.

A campfire under nature’s sky can feel like a hallowed space under the right conditions, despite looking nothing like the sacred setting inside a beautiful temple of God. 仍, the learning style used in OA ceremonies has valuable parallels with the teaching methods used in God’s “house of learning” (D&C 88:119).

OA ceremonies focus on uplifting and ennobling the boys that attend. Through symbolism young men are reminded of the importance of implementing the three promises of the 童子军的誓言 and twelve points of the 童子军法 in their own lives. They are encouraged to take seriously an obligation to cheerfully and unselfishly serve others throughout life.

While there is plenty of room in Scouting for fun and laughter, OA ceremonies are carried out in solemnity. In each OA ceremony Scouts are encouraged to lift their thoughts and hearts to God. They enact the final point of the Scout Law, demonstrating that a Scout is reverent, granting gravity to the promises they have made.

所以, not only do OA ceremonies help Latter-day Saint Scouts prepare to grasp the symbol based learning style used in God’s holy temple, these Scouting ceremonies also help Aaronic Priesthood holders prepare to make and keep sacred covenants. 至少, that is how it worked for me and how it has worked for many others.

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Could the Aaronic Priesthood holders in your troop or team benefit from this kind of preparation? 实际上, much of that is dependent on whether you will allow them that opportunity. Contact your local Order of the Arrow lodge or chapter for more information.

要思考的问题

  • Did you know that OA ceremonies use symbolism and solemnity to help boys make and keep promises to live right and serve others?
  • Were you aware that the learning style used in OA ceremonies parallels the holy temple’s learning style in important ways?
  • Would you like to help your Scouts better prepare to make sacred covenants in the temple and then keep those covenants?
  • What will you do to better enable the youth in your unit to have these opportunities?

 

-斯科特瑞琪已自八岁以来一直积极在收购. 他曾在许多青年和成人的球探职位及以上四个几十年来一直勋章箭头. 他和他的妻子提高他们的家庭在北奥格登, 犹他州. 此消息中表示的意见只是那些作者.

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  1. Ellen M 说:

    谢谢, 斯科特 ·.
    As a cradle Catholic, much of your essay was outside my frame of reference. But as the adviser for my Lodge’s ceremonial team, it hit home.
    While others beg us for more flash or less time, we need to re-double our efforts to emphasize the tokens, the titles, and the relationshipsto truly give the gift of the admonition.

    1. 谢谢, Ellen. While my post was specifically aimed at Latter-day Saints, I’m very glad that anything I said might be useful for followers of other faith traditions. I am a firm believer that each of us carries a spark of the Divine within us. We feel ennobled, and I believe it brings God joy, whenever we are true to that spark within us. I have felt this in many settings, including Order of the Arrow ceremonies.

  2. 斯科特 ·, excellent post and very enlightening! In my last troop, there was no tradition of OA involvement, but as we sought to help our Scouts take advantage of everything Scouting has to offer, we did exactly as you recommend: we contacted our local OA representative and he was more than willing to bring in the Scouts who held an election and three of our Scouts were elected, two of whom followed through and became members of the OA and proudly participated. The tradition has continued and has helped those who participate immensely. Thanks for sharing your insights on the relationship between OA and the temple.

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