In this inspiring video, we heard the voices of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, President Thomas S. Monson, the longest standing member of the national board of the BSA, and other great historical leaders who explain what they believe doing our duty to God means.
To me, doing my duty to God means giving service to others. Because I love God, I try to help other people at all times and love my neighbor as myself. I believe it is my duty to help other people come closer to God in their lives, and I try to do so by inviting them directly as well as being an example to them of what a believer is and does. By inviting our youth to join Scouting we have the unique opportunity to help them take a step along their own personal journey to come closer to God.
When I think of doing my duty to God, I am reminded of a young boy named Jason who I first met at an elementary school where we were recruiting youth for a local Cub Scout pack. He was an awkward, shy boy whose dad had abandoned him and his mom several years before.
He needed direction; he needed positive role models in his life; he needed God.
Jason’s eyes sparkled with excitement when the membership chairman presented him with a flyer and invited him to come and learn how to do archery, shoot BB guns, and race in the Pinewood Derby. He joined Scouting for the fun and adventure of it. But now, he’s developed into an excellent young man who lives by the Scouting values he learned.
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God
and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
The years have flown by since Jason joined the Boy Scouts of America as a Cub Scout. It’s been exciting to watch him grow under the guidance of many worthy father figures in Scouting. Along the way, he discovered the gospel of Jesus Christ and is now poised to continue doing his duty to God as he serves a mission for his church. As he does so, he will perpetuate a cycle of positive role models for future generations who will learn their duty to God and then teach others.
Let us reach out and invite the youth in our neighborhoods to join with us in this wonderful Scouting movement, so they too can learn to do their duty to God.