在荣誉最近的鹰级童子军法庭, 病房里的主教调查的男孩和男人坐在鹰巢, 童子军的集合. 该组中的良好经验丰富的人给证明了一个事实，即赚取鹰排名男生总是童子军鹰. 主教说, “The most important thing about earning the Eagle rank is not the rank itself, but the Scouting principles that become part of one’s character along the trail to the Eagle.”
I was recently approached by an adult Scouter who explained that he had joined the 箭头的顺序 作为一名青年. He wondered whether he would need to be inducted again if he wanted to become active in the Order. I explained that, like earning the Eagle rank, anyone that has been inducted into the OA remains an Arrowman for life. To be an active member you simply must be registered with a Scouting unit and pay your annual OA lodge dues.
Noting bars and triangles on others’ sashes, this man said that his sash bore only the red arrow, signifying Ordeal membership. I explained that, similar to the Eagle rank, the most important thing about being a member of the Order is not the devices on one’s sash, but how one lives the OA principles of brotherhood, 快乐, 和服务.
OA Founder E. Urner Goodman wrote in 1965, “The Order of the Arrow is a thing of the spirit 而不是力学. … The Things of the spirit count.
“Brotherhood—in a day when there is too much hatred at home and abroad.
“Cheerfulness—in a day when the pessimists have the floor.
"服务 — — 在一天的当数以百万计感兴趣只得到或把握，而不是给.
“These are of the spirit, 神赐福的, the great Divine Spirit” (箭头手册的顺序. 2015 教育署. 美国男童子军, 1).
This is what we mean in the OA when we refer to brotherhood, 快乐, 和服务. Each OA member obligates himself to making these principles a permanent part of his character.
While Western culture often champions individualism, the theme of brotherhood is woven throughout the scriptures and is a key component of the priesthood. The OA brotherhood can help Aaronic Priesthood bearers learn to “bear one another’s burdens” (摩赛亚 8:18) and demonstrate “brotherly kindness” (D&C 4:6). Many non-LDS OA members have developed a fond spot in their hearts for Latter-day Saints through a Latter-day Saint OA brother.
A common refrain found throughout the scriptures is echoed in D&C 61:36, where the Lord admonishes “all” to “be of good cheer.” Aaronic Priesthood holders that join the OA are taught to maintain cheerfulness “even in the midst of irksome tasks and weighty responsibilities” (OA手册, 11).
One of the 斯密的目的 is to “Give meaningful service.” OA membership offers bearers of the Aaronic Priesthood the opportunity to unselfishly serve others over and over (请参见 博客 #4). Cheerfully (请参见 博客 #3). The goal is to help boys become adults that simply serve others by nature rather than people that occasionally do service projects. Isn’t this what the Savior was trying to teach His disciples when He washed their feet (请参见 约翰 · 13:12-17)?
Over the years I have watched many that have held the Aaronic Priesthood and have been solid OA members build their adult lives and Melchizedek Priesthood activity on the essential principles of brotherhood, 快乐, 和服务. The boys you serve can also have the opportunity to strengthen their Aaronic Priesthood service by coupling it with OA membership. They too can become brothers that cheerfully serve.
- Did you know that OA membership offers young men the opportunity to build brotherhood while developing a habit of unselfishly serving others?
- How well do you think the principles of brotherhood, cheerfulness and service align with the 斯密的目的?
- Would you like to help your Scouts improve in these areas?
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