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Purposes of LDS Scouting & Priesthood

LDS-BSA-Belt-Buckle-sm-red“Duty to God” is the heart of Scouting and is a foundational principle as old as the organization itself.

Scout Promise/ Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law (Christ-like attributes)
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.

Slogan: Do a Good Turn Daily (Daily Service/Service Minded)

Motto: Be Prepared

Teamwork: Patrol Method & Teams & Quorums

Appreciation of the Outdoors (Outdoor Code, Camping, Hiking)

Leadership Development (Learn, Act, Share / Get Trained, Lead & Serving, Coaching & Mentoring)

Association of Adults (Coaches & Mentors & Examples of Priesthood Holders)

Stewardship (Christ-like Love): Rescuing the One (Spiritual Search & Rescue), Shepherding (Servant Leadership), Obeying, Mentoring, Teaching & Testifying, and Inviting others to Join

Purposes of the Church
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized by God to assist in His work to bring to pass the salvation and exaltation of His children. The Church invites all to “come unto Christ, and be perfected in him” (Moroni 10:32; see also D&C 20:59). The invitation to come unto Christ pertains to all who have lived, or will ever live, on the earth.

In fulfilling its purpose to help individuals and families qualify for exaltation, the Church focuses on divinely appointed responsibilities. These include:

  1. Helping members live the gospel of Jesus Christ
  2. Gathering Israel through missionary work
  3. Caring for the poor and needy
  4. Enabling the salvation of the dead by building temples and performing vicarious ordinances

Purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood
Young men are in a time of preparation and personal spiritual growth. Accordingly, parents and the bishopric and other Aaronic Priesthood leaders help each young man to:

  1. Become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live by its teachings.
  2. Serve faithfully in priesthood callings and fulfill the responsibilities of priesthood offices.
  3. Give meaningful service.
  4. Prepare and live worthily to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and temple ordinances.
  5. Prepare to serve an honorable full-time mission.
  6. Obtain as much education as possible.
  7. Prepare to become a worthy husband and father.
  8. Give proper respect to women, girls, and children.

Parents and leaders help young men accomplish these objectives in family home evenings, family scripture study, meetings, activities, and interviews and by encouraging them to participate in the Duty to God program (see 8.12).