A mission is something that requires a little something extra from people. It is one of those things where you go days thinking only of other people. Your prayers at night are for others, your actions during the day are for others, you eat food so that you can have energy to help others! That is something that is not normal for people of our society, and it is something that is “taught” to kids, but not really.
We learn that we should help others, but it is something that doesn’t happen often. We hear about service and opportunities around us, but nobody gets mad when we don’t take advantage of it. It is like one of those Christlike attributes we talk about and then kind of put on the back burner. In Boy Scouts, we actually learn about service, and then put it into action. Scouts do Eagle Projects to better their community and put them in charge of situations where they can make a difference. Scouts learn about helping others and the strength that comes from helping a fellow Scout or person. And then with those things we learn from Scouting, we apply all day, every day on a mission.
The Scout motto, slogan, oath and law are things that missionaries apply daily. Just as a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent, missionaries are the same. In fact you could switch out Scout and put in missionary and it would still apply. Just as Scouts “do a good turn daily,” missionaries are constantly trying to find opportunities to do good. Missionaries should make the oath to serve God and to keep themselves physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. Finally, a good missionary is a prepared one. Be prepared. Honestly any missionary who follows the Scouting spirit and all it stands for, will be a successful missionary.
I firmly believe that a mission is more of a blessing for young men than it is a sacrifice. I will be forever grateful for the things I learned, the people I met, and the experiences I had on my mission. I will also be forever grateful to the Scouting experience I had which gave me a head start on what it means to be a good missionary.
Author: Tanner Bennett | BYU Student, Friend of Scouting