By Maria Milligan
Dec 26, 2016

A Scout is Loyal–12 Days of A Scout Christmas

Traditionally, the 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of January 5th – also known as Twelfth Night. The 12 Days have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration.

It has been our custom at The Boy Scout to post a Scouter’s minute each day leading up to Christmas. This year, we decided to try something new. The Christ­mas messages will focus on the lives of modern-day prophets and times when they exemplified a point of the Scout Law. Come back for the next eleven days to find out how prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been trustworthy, loyal, helpfulfriendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Brigham Young teaches us to be loyal.

Brigham Young defends the Prophet Joseph

Once Brigham Young gained a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ as restored by the prophet Joseph Smith, he remained absolutely loyal to the Church and the prophet Joseph for the rest of his life.

brigham-youngBrigham’s loyalty was often put to the test when others expressed doubt or even fought against Joseph. At one point in Kirtland, while Joseph was away, several church leaders decided it would be best to replace him with someone else who they thought would do a better job. These dissenters gathered in the upper room of the Kirtland Temple to decide how to carry out their plan. Most of those who attended were unhappy with Joseph Smith, but the prophet had a few fierce defenders who heard of the plan and came to the meeting, including Heber C. Kimball and Brigham Young.

Brigham later said he went to the meeting “pretty well charged with plenty of powder and ball” until he “felt like a thousand lions.” After listening to others talk about plans to rebel against Joseph Smith, he rose up, and in a

“plain and forcible manner, told them that Joseph was a Prophet, and I knew it, and that they might rail and slander him as much as they pleased; they could not destroy the appointment of the Prophet of God, they could only destroy their own authority, cut the thread that bound them to the Prophet and to God, and sink themselves to hell” (Manuscript History 16).

Though this speech infuriated others present, Brigham Young made his point. The others failed to put into place a plan to replace Joseph, and the line of revelation and prophetic calling remained unbroken.

Through the suffering in Missouri and Nauvoo, the death of the prophet, the long trek West, all the difficulties of life in the new territory, and decades of trial and responsibility, Brigham Young remained loyal to Joseph Smith and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How can you show your loyalty to the things you believe in?

Maria MilliganAuthor: Maria Milligan | Chief of Staff, Utah National Parks Council, BSA with excerpts from “Discipleship: Brigham Young and Joseph Smith” by Ronald K. Esplin.

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