By Utah National Parks Council
Aug 14, 2013

Widow’s Mite and Friends of Scouting

The story of the Widow’s Mite is one of the most touching stories found in the New Testament.

Widows Mite

Widow [1]

In Mark 12:41-44 the scripture reads:

41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.

42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:

44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

What prompted this poor widow to cast in all that she had toward the temple and other charitable giving?

I think it required faith by the widow to toss in all that she had in the hopes that the money would be spent wisely to change or help someone else in need. And if her two farthings made a difference in someone’s life then it was worth any sacrifice she might have to make herself because her love for others was greater than her love for herself.

I think when we choose to give that we do so because we want to know that we are making a difference and we want to see the difference we are making. That is what I want the blog to reflect – how Scouting is making a difference in the lives of young men. I think for CJ Dansie, Bruce “Rocky” Rhiddlehoover and others whose stories have been shared, Scouting has made a difference in their lives.

It is the mission and aim of the Utah National Parks Council to serve others, to instill values in the lives of young men that will help them make ethical and moral choices so they can reach their full potential. Scouting seeks to strengthen boys physical, mental, emotional and moral well being.

When I was young, growing up in South Carolina, our ward building was vandalized and I remember someone commenting that nothing much was stolen in the clerk’s office except for some change. At that time I did not earn an income but whenever I did earn money I paid my tithing. I paid my penny for the dime that I earned. I thought at the time that my penny meant as much to the Lord as did someone else’s hundreds.

When you give to Scouting through Friends of Scouting, every donation matters. The Utah National Parks Council serves 83, 827 youth. We would not be able to provide programs for young men without the financial and volunteer support of our communities.

During 2012, Scouts provided 1,006,776 hours of community service valued at $22 million – a Return of Investment of $6.83 for every Friends of Scouting dollar collected.

Your donation matters. Your contribution makes a difference in the lives of young men. Your gift changes lives.


Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council


[1] Photo taken from LDS Church website.

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One thought on “Widow’s Mite and Friends of Scouting

  1. AvatarRon Taylor

    Every penny, every farthing, every mite counts when you’re blessing the lives of others, especially the next generation. This has always been true. But the often overlooked fact is that the donor is the one who will receive the greater blessing. That, too, has always been true.


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