- Become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live its teachings;
- Serve faithfully in priesthood callings and fulfill the responsibilities of priesthood offices;
- Give meaningful service;
- Prepare and live worthily to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and temple ordinances;
- Prepare to serve an honorable full-time mission;
- Obtain as much education as possible;
- Prepare to become a worthy husband and father; and
- Give proper respect to women, girls, and children.
The YM have been involved with scouting for generations -- as far as the US and Canada go. England has the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Scouting and the Mormons have gone hand in hand for some time. Here is why I am posting about scouting again.
The LDS church has has the practice of not letting known gay men act as leaders for the scouting programs. This is not a policy -- something written in the handbook -- but is a reality nevertheless. Known gay men are not called to work as advisers or leaders of the young men's groups. Someone in the comments says that he knows of someone. I do not.
Last year the BSA ended its policy of denying membership to openly gay youth. The decision followed years of internal debate and had been seen as a milestone for the Boy Scouts of America.
The decision put scouts in tune with public acceptance of homosexuality, especially among younger supporters currently being courted by the organization.
Robert Schwarzwalder, senior vice president of the Family Research Council -- who is a conservative Christian group and a father of two scouts in Northern Virginia -- had stated (regarding the future of the BSA) “I think there will be a loss of hundreds of thousands of boys and parents.”
Well, there wasn't. Conservative leaders of scouting and right wing parents threatened to withdraw themselves or their boys, but they did not.
Current turns of events in Scouting indicated that as boys turn into men, they will not be asked to leave scouting. Will the LDS church grant openly gay men the same privilege?
It would seem consistent with the churches teachings to allow those with homosexual inclinations who are members of the church in full standing to serve in leadership positions with the young men.