It’s Not About the Badge

While serving as Young Men General President, one of the most exciting parts of General Conference training sessions was the question-and-answer session at the end. In fact, each evening I could hardly wait to get to that part of the program because of the scintillating and searching questions that were asked. One evening an Aaronic […]

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A Report From the Field – Frankfurt, Germany

It is amazing how things are created – take, for instance, this “Report from the Field” which originally was to be titled “A Note from the Field.” It was intended to reflect wonderful letters from our members and supports around the world – and started with a letter from Bill and Donna Collins, currently in […]

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The Power of a Good Story

“Good stories surprise us. They make us think and feel. They stick in our minds and help us remember ideas and concepts in a way that a PowerPoint crammed with bar graphs never can.” – Joe Lazauskas and Shane Snow, The Storytelling Edge Everyone loves a good story.  Stories teach, entertain, heal, touch, remind and, […]

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“To do my duty…to my country”

As I am writing this piece, it is exactly 1 year since the organization of Vanguard International Scouting Association. So, to each of you who have become part of this great organization providing support and opportunity to Latter-day Saint Scouts, adult leaders and Scouting families across the world – Happy Birthday! As we begin our […]

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Commissioner’s Corner #1

As I was preparing to write this first Commissioner’s Corner, a friend sent me this wonderful letter from Scouting’s founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell. What a fitting message from 111 years ago, as we move forward during these tumultuous times: “[Scouting’s] general intention is to endeavor, without interfering with the spiritual training or form of religious […]

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