当我还是一个十几岁, 我曾经做了一个批次饼干. Lacking experience I didn’t realize that there was a problem with the baking soda. It was very lumpy! I made the cookies as I always did, and they looked and smelled delicious. But when I bit into the first beautiful cookie, I discovered my mistake. Whenever I encountered a lump of baking soda the most dreadful taste would overwhelm the delicious cookie-ness and the whole batch was ruined!
我得到的教训是显而易见的: Leaven doesn’t work when it all ends up in a lump. 而是, leaven works best when it is evenly distributed throughout the dough.
As followers of Jesus Christ we have a responsibility to be actively engaged in our communities. When we clump together—only associating with members of our own congregations, only participating in activities sponsored by our own church—we miss valuable opportunities to be the leaven that the world so desperately needs. 此外, 我们常常黯然加强基督徒的评判和氏族定型.
Throughout my life I have come to feel that the real reason we tend to stick together as Church members is because it is easier. Too often we are timid or afraid to put ourselves in “走出教堂” 生怕不适或嘲笑的情况下，.
这很容易在教堂里交朋友，但 (至少对于我来说) 更难以在其他设置. 我努力使对话与陌生人或移动从“同事”关系到“朋友”。
在今年12月, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will end its partnership with the Boy Scouts of America. When I heard about this change I was shocked. Our family has been involved in our Latter-day Saint Scout troop since our oldest son was a toddler. My husband and I have served in a variety of callings in our ward including Scoutmaster, 委员会成员, 委员会主席, den 领袖, and commissioner. For us, Scouting in the Church has been a wonderful and natural way to reach out into our community. Just by showing up to Roundtable and other meetings and training opportunities, 我已经与谁共享许多相同的价值观和目标，我做的一些惊人的人，人的关系; 人谁是热衷于服务和青年, 人们谁不害怕有乐趣.
教会消息公布后, 我们讨论的侦察在我们家的未来，不再有后期圣徒单元的影响后，今年来参加. 我们还考虑我们的愿望为我们的孩子, 和仍是自然的结果被卷入侦察.
我们的结论是，以响应我们的孩子的需求, 我们最肯定想要什么球探已经积累了一些我们的女孩和我们的孩子都. 主要, 性格和领导力发展以及冒险和友谊，甚至我们末世圣徒后，队伍已经结束.
为了应对侦察参与的时间承诺, we decided that we are already 将在我们目前那段时间教会租用部队和包, 所以在今年年底转移这些时间到社区组和部队将是相同的.
最后, we desire to be 酵 in our community. Our Church family is so wonderful and important to us, 但我们 (our family 和 our Church) are part of a community. There are people all around us who need the love, 服务, 友谊, and leadership that Scouting can help provide. By participating in the Boy Scouts of America we can bless the lives of 很多人, young and old alike. We believe it is 总是 in everyone’s best interest when more of the youth in our communities learn to make “moral and ethical choices throughout their lives.”
结论, whether your family chooses to continue in Scouting after this year or searches out other community opportunities that better fit your interests and needs, I invite you to remember that the Lord has commanded us to be leaven; 和, though we are few in number, we can have an uplifting influence on the world around us when we reach out and participate in our communities.
~Contributed by Bernice H. Oliver
Sister Oliver currently serves as a Wolf Den leader and an adult Sunday School teacher in the Wyoming Ward, 大急流城密歇根桩号