It has been our custom at The Boy Scout to post a Scouter’s minute each day leading up to Christmas. This year, we decided to try something new. The Christmas messages will focus on the lives of modern-day prophets and times when they exemplified a point of the Scout Law. Come back for the next eleven days to find out how prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.Howard W. Hunter teaches us to be trustworthy.
Scouter’s Minute: Is Your Integrity Worth a Penny?
As Scout is Trustworthy: A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.
Scouts, when you say the Scout Law, you promise to be trustworthy, but what does that mean?
While waiting to take a tour of Hearst Castle in California, President and Sister Howard W. Hunter … drove to a small store. As they were looking around the store, “Elder Hunter went to the counter, counted out some licorice, [and] paid the clerk 10 pennies,”… then returned to the car and began driving back to the castle for the tour. On the way, “Elder Hunter passed the licorice around once, and then again, and then suddenly it was apparent to him that he must have miscounted, for we ended up with 11 pieces instead of the 10 he had paid for.“
He could have easily overlooked the error. After all, it was just a penny, and we were in a bit of a hurry now to make the tour. Who would know the difference or care? But he didn’t even think twice about it. He wheeled the car around and headed back up the road to the store. … He explained the problem to a different attendant, apologized for the error, and paid the extra penny to the surprised clerk.”
For Howard W. Hunter, it was important to be honest in small matters as well as large ones. What about you as Scouts?