How scouting helps youth become converted

Strengthening the young men of the Aaronic Priesthood begins when a boy enjoys strong relationships with his family, his adult leaders and his peers in the quorum and Scout troop. That relationship-themed message anchored the opening training session of the recent Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting at the Philmont Scout Ranch.

"It's about those relationships where you move a young man to be converted and become self-reliant," said David L. Beck, president of the Young Men General Presidency.

The youth leader spoke of the importance that every young man and Aaronic Priesthood leader "learn his duty" and act "in all diligence" (Doctrine and Covenants 107:99). As young men learn their duties and prepare to become missionaries and faithful Melchizedek Priesthood holders, they will ideally enjoy the positive influence of a supportive family. Brother Beck said no program exists that is capable of replacing strong family relationships.

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