During the October 2018 General Conference, twelve new temples were announced (the most in any conference to date). These twelve bring the total number of temples (built or under construction) to 201 world-wide. How does that affect Scouts who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
A crucial aspect of the Scouting programs is Duty to God. Scouts fulfill their Duty to God through their personal religious beliefs. One way Scouts who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can fulfill their duty to God is by becoming worthy temple recommend holders.
Attending the temple regularly can bring happiness and joy to a Scout’s life. Franklin D. Richards, a late member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, talked about three purposes of temple attendance:
For the living:
While some ordinances happen outside of the temple, others must take place in the house of the Lord. So if youth are following President Nelson’s counsel to be on the covenant path, they’ll work toward attending the temple.
For the dead:
Some have not had the privilege to hear the word of God while on this earth, so work is done in behalf of the dead.
Elder Richards explained, “Temple worship provides an opportunity to do ordinance work for our kindred dead and for others, an opportunity for us to serve the dead.” The BSA exercises service throughout its program. In fact, the BSA slogan is Do A Good Turn Daily. Scouts can do their Duty to God and serve others by participating in temple work.
As a retreat:
Attending the temple can be a peaceful place to escape the world, pray, ponder, and meditate.
The Utah National Parks Council encourages Scouts to fulfill their Duty to God. One of the Council’s camps, Camp Maple Dell, is located just up Payson Canyon and is fortunately not too far from the Payson Temple. Scouts and young women attending either Scout Camp or Young Women Camp can elect to do a temple night as part of their week’s program. Imagine spending a week in the outdoors admiring God’s work and then taking your youth to the temple. How would that build their testimony of God and of the Church? Attending the temple during Scout/Girls camp can become a sacred and memorable moment for your youth to cherish forever.
Duty to God is an essential piece of Scouting. Attending the temple is an essential piece of The Church of Jesus Christ. With the announcement of twelve more temples, Scouts from all over the world can fulfill their Duty to God. Scouts and girls who attend Camp Maple Dell are blessed to take advantage of temple work while at camp.
Do you or your youth have a special moment while attending the temple that you’d like to share?