I have recently been asked to serve as the Deacon Quorum Advisor for my ward. This is a calling that I am very excited about. I am humbled and grateful to serve and teach what I have observed to be a great group of kids.
I have observed them over the last couple of years and there interactions with each other and am pleased to see that the show care, love, and respect to those around them. I see them with their younger siblings and I am impressed with how patient and kind they are to kids that obviously adore and look up to them. I would listen to the younger children in the classes that I would teach and how they would speak about their older brothers and I could see the pride in their eyes and the adoration in their voices. I am sure that I will enjoy helping these young men gain a better understanding of their role and responsibilities in the church.
I am sure that this calling will also strengthen and bolster my testimony as well.
I am also excited to get to participate in the scouting program. I personally believe that the scouting program is something that all young men should get to participate in. I think about my own experiences in scouting all of the time and remember well the lessons and skills that I learned while in the program. It is something that I will be very active with my own son in as I believe that it will teach him things that will be invaluable throughout his life. When we have celebrities and sports heroes telling the world that we need more scouts it becomes even more clear how scouting is perceived as a character building program and it helps our young be better prepared for what is in store for them in the future.
I never made it past first class due to several factors, but I always was regretful that I never was raised to the rank of eagle. I do take solace in the fact that I get the opportunity to help other youth obtain such a commendable achievement. I have no delusions that this position will be a lot of work, but in the end it will be most fulfilling to see these young men grow in faith and in the scouting organization and pass the traditions and devotion on to their sons and other youth.
I believe that we are as a society losing value on tradition and lessons that are taught to those that have come before us. We are told that the past does not matter only the future does. A famous quote by George Santayana comes to mind, “Those that do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. It is organizations like the Boy Scouts of America that will keep the time feted values that we hold so dear an important part of our children’s lives.
So for now farewell and may God be with us until we meet again.