Thursday, February 28, 2013


"You don't have to die to see paradise; all you need is a good pair of hiking boots."
- Shelton Johnson, USNPS Park Ranger

Monday, February 25, 2013

58 New Missions

On Friday, Feb 22, 2013, the Church announced the creation of 58 new missions around the world (list). I thought it would be fun to break it down by continent/country, just to get an idea of where the biggest impacts are, and of course, I have a Scouting angle for it as well. Here goes:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Happy Birthday

Today marks the birthday of three very important people (at least to me): George Washington, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, and my oldest son, who turns 13 today.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013


Am I just some sort of Quixotic madman?  Are those really giants I'm fighting, or are they just windmills after all?

The "Giants" of La Mancha

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Obtain as much Education as Possible

Some time ago I started a series that partnered the Ideals and Methods of Scouting with the Aaronic Priesthood Purposes. Here is the long-procrastinated third installment of nine.

"Obtain as much education as possible" - "Mentally Awake," Personal Growth

Here's why this seemingly secular and temporal thing would be a priesthood duty: "...fathers...are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families."1 You might need a job for that!  This now gets a little more sticky, for according to a recent New York Times Article, the hiring bar has been raised at firms all over the country – applicants without a college degree need not apply. Why is this the new standard? It is assumed that those who complete the degree are more goal- or career-oriented, hence stronger applicants and employees.*
“This up-credentialing is pushing the less educated even further down the food chain, and it helps explain why the unemployment rate for workers with no more than a high school diploma is more than twice that for workers with a bachelor’s degree: 8.1 percent versus 3.7 percent.

“Some jobs...have become more technical, and so require more advanced skills today than they did in the past. But more broadly, because so many people are going to college now, those who do not graduate are often assumed to be unambitious or less capable.

“Plus, it’s a buyer’s market for employers.2

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

LDS-BSA Centennial stuff

© LDS-BSA Relationships
I was just on the LDS-BSA web site, and was looking through the Feb 2013 newsletter. There's a lot of information about the centennial celebration, including local council events (nothing listed for the three Utah Councils?), and this order form for commemorative coins, patches, pins and books [UPDATED - just go to the LDS-BSA online shop]. There's even a new Thomas S. Monson Scouting Award that can be earned (requirements to be released in March).

What a great way to re-emphasize the reason for this partnership, by highlighting how Scouting builds on and reinforces Gospel principles, and to remind folks that "Young Men advisers in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should be the best implementers of Scouting in the world ... Scouting is spirituality, duty, growth, and leadership."1 What a great way to learn that "when we successfully integrate Duty to God and Scouting into an Aaronic Priesthood program, we help the priesthood quorum strengthen its young men and prepare them for the future."2

1. Elder David L. Beck, Capturing the Vision of Scouting, Ensign, June 2012/LDS-BSA Newsletter February 2013
2. David C. Pack, Scout Executive, Utah National Parks Council and former Director of LDS-BSA Relationships, 2007 to 2012, Why I Love 50-Mile Hikes, Ensign, June 2012

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Scouting Liahona

I stumbled onto this blog via a web search for some topic. I think I can stop writing knowing that it exists: Scouting Liahona

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Lookin' good at 103

Some of my favorite birthday songs:

  • The Beatles: Birthday
  • The Arrogant Worms: Happy Happy Birthday Song
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic: Happy Birthday
  • They Might Be Giants: Older

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Keeping Promises

Written inside a Dove® chocolate (dark, of course):
"Always keep the promises you make to yourself."

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Scout Sunday

I decided to wear my beads today. The fancy knot, called an Eldredge knot, was a last-minute addition, inspired by a cousin's Facebook post.

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