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NY Times: As partners, Mormons and Scouts turn boys into men

October 18, 2012
source: New York Times

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MR says: The LDS Church is a great boon to the Boy Scouts, making up 1/3 of their membership.

In this hilltop suburb of Salt Lake City, where a vista of white spires signals a concentration of Mormons and their churches, it is a given that every boy will become a Cub Scout at 8 and then a Boy Scout at 11.

With mutual exaltation of God and country and a shared aim of nurturing “morally straight” men with leadership skills and a service ethic, the Mormons and the Boy Scouts seem made for each other, as entwined as a square knot. And in an unusual partnership dating to 1913, the Mormon Church has embraced scouting wholesale, giving it a central role in preparing male youths for their two-year missionary stints and adulthood as lay priests.

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zack said...

06:10 AM
on Oct 19, 2012

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As a member of the LDS church and an Eagle Scout I am very proud to up hold the mantel of both institutions. The teachings of both have made me who I am today: coupled with my education I am currently receiving, has been a blessing and a rock to rely on in tough times. Now, as a father and husband of soon to be two kids, a little boy (girl coming in two weeks), I have used what I have been taught to help strengthen my family along with my wife, for the tough times ahead. My son will be given the opportunity when he reaches 7 to go into scouts I hope he finds it amazing as I did, my daughter will also be given the opportunity to go into the young women’s program that is equally important for her growth. I love scouts, I love being a Mormon with strong values who is not dictated by society but by the scriptures of God. Peace :)

zack said...

06:11 AM
on Oct 19, 2012

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As a member of the LDS church and an Eagle Scout I am very proud to up hold the mantel of both institutions. The teachings of both have made me who I am today: coupled with my education I am currently receiving, has been a blessing and a rock to rely on in tough times. Now, as a father and husband of soon to be two kids, a little boy (girl coming in two weeks), I have used what I have been taught to help strengthen my family along with my wife, for the tough times ahead. My son will be given the opportunity when he reaches 7 to go into scouts I hope he finds it amazing as I did, my daughter will also be given the opportunity to go into the young women’s program that is equally important for her growth. I love scouts, I love being a Mormon with strong values who is not dictated by society but by the scriptures of God. Peace :)

zack said...

06:11 AM
on Oct 19, 2012

Report Abuse

As a member of the LDS church and an Eagle Scout I am very proud to up hold the mantel of both institutions. The teachings of both have made me who I am today: coupled with my education I am currently receiving, has been a blessing and a rock to rely on in tough times. Now, as a father and husband of soon to be two kids, a little boy (girl coming in two weeks), I have used what I have been taught to help strengthen my family along with my wife, for the tough times ahead. My son will be given the opportunity when he reaches 7 to go into scouts I hope he finds it amazing as I did, my daughter will also be given the opportunity to go into the young women’s program that is equally important for her growth. I love scouts, I love being a Mormon with strong values who is not dictated by society but by the scriptures of God. Peace :)
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