By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 01, 2013

Benefits of Scouting: Scouters are Shepherds Making a Difference

Scouting is the activity arm of the Aaronic Priesthood. If you are a young man in the LDS Church you cannot avoid it. Everyone is pushing you to be active, to get your Eagle. It can be frustrating especially if you do not want to go to Scouting activities.

As a parent it can also be worrisome because you recognize the benefits of Scouting and that a boy who is active in Scouting, attends seminary, goes on a mission and marries in the temple is a young man who is following the path that will bring him happiness. And so you do everything you can to help your son stay on the path.

One thing I have learned is that parents cannot read minds. Certainly there are times when it seems like you have eyes in the back of your head but that is simply not the case. In early childhood it is much easier to see things. When children develop into youth it becomes a lot more difficult, especially with a youth who struggles sharing his or her personal thoughts.

I think a lot of youth do not want to disappoint their parents so they go through the motions and pretend that they are actively involved but the reality is they are not.

Parents often push their children through the motions and it is a constant battle. I think often we deceive ourselves. We want to believe everything is okay and as long as our child attends his Scouting activities we do not have to admit there are other problems, until those problems raise their ugly heads.

Essentially, youth have to gain their own testimony of Scouting. It is not something that can be pushed upon them.

A testimony of Scouting comes slowly for some and quickly for others. You have to work on it for it to grow but it all starts with a desire. If the desire is not there, the seed is never planted.


“The gradual increase of light radiating from the rising sun is like receiving a message from God ‘line upon line, precept upon precept’” (Elder Bednar)

Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said in relation to revelation:

“A light turned on in a dark room is like receiving a message from God quickly, completely, and all at once. Many of us have experienced this pattern of revelation as we have been given answers to sincere prayers or been provided with needed direction or protection, according to God’s will and timing. … However, this pattern of revelation tends to be more rare than common.

“The gradual increase of light radiating from the rising sun is like receiving a message from God ‘line upon line, precept upon precept’ (2 Nephi 28:30). Most frequently, revelation comes in small increments over time and is granted according to our desire, worthiness, and preparation. … This pattern of revelation tends to be more common than rare” (“The Spirit of Revelation,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 88). [1]

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


1. See Mindy Rae Friedman”Gaining and Keeping a Testimony,” at Church Magazines.

2. Video see “Shepherds Who Made All the Difference.”

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