Category Archives: Men Like These

capturing vision of scouting
By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Dec 10, 2014

Capturing the Vision of Scouting

Our efforts as Young Men advisers and Scout leaders can have eternal consequences. When I was a mission president, one particular zone was having a lot of success. I asked one of the zone leaders, “Elder, what’s going on here?” He said, “President, in high school I ran cross- country with a handful of friends. We trained hard and competed together. For four […]

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By Clint Lawton
Dec 07, 2014

Sacred Fire

I recently had the opportunity to see an original painting by Jon McNaughton which is titled, Sacred Fire. The painting was incredible, with vibrant colors and stunning imagery, but it was the symbolic message of the fire building in this piece of art that has deeply inspired me. As I look at these great men from […]

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By Joel Zabriskie
Dec 06, 2014

Our Stake Encampment

In early 2005 I discussed the possibilities of holding a Wood Badge course that could be designated for the Scout leaders in my LDS stake with Doug Muir. He was serving as the Wood Badge Coordinator for the Utah National Parks Council, and had experience doing this with his home stake as well as a […]

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By Darryl Alder
Nov 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Reflection for All Scouts

At Thanksgiving we often stop to think of things we are thankful for and as Americans, we have a lot to be grateful for. We live in freedom, we can worship as we choose, and most of us have enough food, clothing and adequate shelter. We are as blessed as any people in the world, but sometimes we […]

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By Community Submission
Nov 22, 2014

Does Scouting Matter?

As an elementary school child, I always looked forward to school holidays, especially Thanksgiving. At Thanksgiving, we got out of school at noon early in the week, and my family always headed to our family hunting camp for the holiday. November 22, the day we got out of school for Thanksgiving in 1963, my teacher came into the room. She had been […]

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By Joanne Reinertson
Nov 14, 2014

The Power and Impact of Training on Young Men

I was called to serve as stake president in November of 2004. I came to this assignment with a long history of church service and I had experienced and learned many things from that service. As I embarked on the ominous task of learning my new responsibilities, I realized that my past service had not prepared me in […]

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By Brent Troutner
Nov 08, 2014

Space Isn’t Easy

I literally grew up with the Space Race. I was born just after the Soviets scared the daylights out of America with the launch of Sputnik, and every year and month of my young life corresponded with America’s reach for the stars. In school we learned about the Mercury and Gemini programs and it’s assorted […]

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By Jim Bethel
Nov 02, 2014

Beatitudes for LDS Scouts

Everyone should be familiar with the beatitudes that the Savior taught as part of his sermon on the mount found in the 5th chapter of Matthew. He taught them again to the Nephites a few years later (3 Nephi 12-13). These principles are so simple yet so valuable to a happy life. A few years […]

Rock Canyon
By Randell Keys
Oct 24, 2014

Right Place, Right Time

Many of us never worry about falling 30 feet. We usually have the correct equipment when we do any climbing and rappelling as illustrated in Elder Richard G. Scott’s video, ‘A Secure Anchor’  In reading through the ‘Pillars of Scouting,’ pillar 5 states, “Be prepared to be good fathers and husbands by following the examples […]

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By Jim Bethel
Oct 19, 2014

Nephi was an Eagle Scout

While reading the Book of Mormon a few years ago, I was once again impressed with the young man we know as Nephi. All Latter Day Saints are familiar with his heroics. That got me to thinking that the Church should create some kind of award for young men that emulate Nephi, something in addition […]

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By Lee Hansen
Oct 10, 2014

Why STEM?

We hear a lot today about “STEM.” Most of us know the letters stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” But why STEM? Is there an underlying connection among these fields that leads us to meld them into an acronym? Or was the conglomeration one of convenience, driven solely by economics? STEM represents a field […]

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By Community Submission
Sep 29, 2014

My experience at the Philmont Training last summer was life changing

Looking for sample outlines, we came across this letter from President Dan Duncan who after attending the Philmont LDS Priesthood Scouting Conference last year, was planning a follow-up known as Little Philmont (be sure to click on the link above to read more about their event). Last summer I received an invitation from the First […]

Eagle Scout
By Allison Jarrett
Sep 22, 2014

Scouting—A Christensen Family Legacy

When Varsity Scout Alex Christensen of Team 916 sponsored by Payson Sixteenth LDS Ward, received the Eagle Scout award in November 2013, it was a tremendous accomplishment by a worthy and diligent young man. But Alex’s Eagle Scout accomplishment was symbolic of a remarkable Scouting family legacy that prominently utilizes the valuable aspects of Scouting. […]

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By Community Submission
Sep 21, 2014

Scouting Supports Stakes in Hastening the Work

This month’s theme, Pillar 3 of the Utah National Park Council Strategic Plan, suggests that Scouting be used to assist LDS stakes help their youth “prepare to go on a mission and teach others by using the Scouting program as the activity arm of the Priesthood.” Recently I received this e-mail from a former mission president; it goes along with the month’s […]

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By Joel Zabriskie
Sep 17, 2014

Scouting Changes and Saves Lives.

In 1991, I was involved as Course Director in a Wood Badge course at Camp Thunder Ridge. Part of the preparation is to assign those attending to patrols. We took this task very seriously, praying this would make a difference in the lives of these individuals as they spent six days and five nights together. […]