By Utah National Parks Council
Dec 27, 2013

Jon M. Huntsman: The Obligation to Give Back

FIND OUT HOW MUCH GOD HAS GIVEN YOU AND FROM IT TAKE WHAT YOU NEED; THE REMAINDER IS NEEDED BY OTHERS. — St. Augustine

WE ARE THE MERE TRUSTEES OF WHAT FUNDS WE ARE TEMPORARILY GIVEN ON THIS EARTH. MAY WE SHARE THOSE WITH OTHERS. — Andrew Carnegie

A MAN WRAPPED UP IN HIMSELF MAKES A VERY SMALL BUNDLE. — Benjamin Franklin

Giving is my favorite topic. I hardly know where to begin. Let’s start with a disturbing revelation about a man I otherwise generally admired, Richard Nixon. As White House special assistant and staff secretary, I got to see details of his tax filings before the IRS returns were released to the public. In 1971, for instance, he gave only $500 to charity on a declared income in excess of $400,000. I was shocked. To me, that pittance was more onerous than Watergate. [p. 153]

Philanthropy ought to be the preeminent ingredient in everyone’s recipe for material gain…We owe a portion of our success to others and the only way to repay that assistance is by sharing good fortune. [pp. 153-154]

Philanthropy is plain good business. It energizes a company. [p. 159]

There is no more important human quality than sharing with others. There is no source of true happiness more complete than an act of charity. It is what life is all about. [p. 161]

Donations don’t always have to be money. In many ways, time is more precious than dollars. Giving of one’s time, lending one’s stature, and providing one’s expertise can be as meaningful as money… [p. 163]

Wealth isn’t always measured in dollar signs. We each have time, talent, and creativity, all of which can be powerful forces for positive change. Share your blessings in whatever form they come and to whatever level you have been blessed. [p. 164]

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See Jon M. Huntsman, “Winners Never Cheat.” (2005) Pearson Education Inc.

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I purchased Jon Huntsman book many years ago and it is one of my favorite motivational/business books. I do not know Jon Huntsman but truly his actions reflect on the inner man.

Scouting is a non-profit program whose aim is to help guide young boys into becoming great men.

Scouting helps young men develop desirable character traits, citizenship, and physical and mental fitness. The Scouting program plays a strong role in the LDS Church as it teaches boys and young men how to rely on themselves, lead others, prepare for emergencies, conserve natural resources, and become actively involved in community, school, and Church service. [1]

Elder Mark E. Peterson, former member of the Quorum of the Twelve, said:

“If Scouting would not make better Latter-day Saints, we would not have Scouting in the Church. But because Scouting does make boys better Latter-day Saints, we take it into the Church…You cannot divorce Church work from Scouting. When you are building Scouting in your boys, you are building the work of God and helping to establish the kingdom on the earth.” [2]

This year, the Utah National Parks Council launched its largest capital campaign to improve the functionality of camps and stake activities. If you are interested in using your time, talents, and/or donations to help Scouting improve its program or would like to know more about the capital campaign, please contact our Development Office:

Liz Merrell, Sr. Director of Development, Liz.Merrell@scouting.org, P. 801.437.4477, C. 801.885.8653, F. 801.437.6240

Andrew Olsen, Director of Development, Andrew.J.Olsen@scouting.org, P. 801.437.6219, C. 801.708.1625

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

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1. See Shared Values pamphlet, (2009) Utah National Parks Council

2. See Shared Values pamphlet, (2009) Utah National Parks Council

 

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