Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Martial Arts vs. Scouting and Priesthood

Many people are attracted to millitary service and martial arts because of a desire to learn discipline, life skills, and moral values.  And the military and martial arts do teach discipline, skills, and values. However, I have really come to appreciate my experiences and on-going service in scouting and the LDS priesthood. 

Instead of learning discipline and values through the art of war; scouting and LDS priesthood, teach discipline, life skills and the highest Christian values via the art of peace and service.  In the Millennium the scriptures tell us that there will come a time when man will no longer learn the art of war any more. 

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Old Testament, Isaiah, Isaiah 2:4)

Through the boy scouts, LDS missionary and priesthood service young men learn the disciple, life skills, and develop the moral character that will not only help them succeed in the work place, community, but also in their marriages and family life.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! (Old Testament, Isaiah, Isaiah 52:7)

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