Trails to Testimony: Bringing Young Men to Christ Through Scouting

by Bradley D. Harris

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President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “There is no more significant work in this world than the preparation of boys to become men . . . who are qualified to live productive and meaningful lives.” And President Thomas S. Monson underscores this thought when he says that “It’s easier to build boys than to mend them.” Bradley D. Harris, associate professor of recreational management and youth leadership at Brigham Young University, challenges parents and youth leaders alike to rediscover the spiritual dimensions of Scouting — to focus on the close relationship that should exist between Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood. The author’s 22-year professional career with the Boy Scouts of America, combined with extensive experience within the Church in various priesthood leadership capacities, gives him invaluable insights into the responsibilities that parents and leaders have in bringing young men to Christ. “The family is the first institution charged with bringing young men to Christ. . . . Working in harmony, the family and the Aaronic Priesthood should create an atmosphere where young men’s individual testimonies can . . . flourish.” Trails to Testimony is a powerful guide for families and leaders entrusted with the sacred responsibility of teaching and guiding the young men of the Church.

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Bradley D. Harris

Brad Harris grew up in Springfield, Oregon. After serving a mission in Denver, Colorado, he married Sandy Wright and graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree in youth agency administration. He later obtained a master’s degree in public administration. Brad worked professionally for the Boy Scouts of America for twenty-two years. Of those years, five were spent in the national office in Dallas, Texas, helping to develop the Venturing program. While at the national office, he authored three manuals and traveled to all fifty states, training leaders of youth on implementing the Venturing program. Brad served on the Young Men General Board for three years. In this capacity, he was able to visit more than one hundred Aaronic Priesthood quorums around the country. He saw well- and ill-prepared young men. He has trained Aaronic Priesthood advisers, ecclesiastical leaders, and parents since 1998. Brad has also served as a bishop, a member of a stake presidency, and a priests quorum adviser. He has been a BYU professor in the Marriott School of Management and the Department of Recreation Management since 2003 and is currently the director of the nonprofit management minor there.

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If you are involved with the Young Men program you need this book!
By , Submitted on 2016-06-15

I discovered this book years ago and it was a real game changer for me. I was called as a Scoutmaster and wanting to do my best I completed all the available training including Wood Badge. I still struggled with direction until I found this book. This could be titled "How The Scouting Program Should Be Run In The LDS Church". This gave purpose and direction to our activities and helped focus on what was truly important, bringing young men to Christ. Our entire Young Men's presidency read it and it is now standard issue for each new YM calling. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

I loved this talk
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This talk is a must if you are involved with Scouting or the Young Men. If you are having difficulties keeping your youth motivated then this is the talk for you. Every program and every activity needs to have a purpose and the is to become closer to Christ.

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