It is hard for me to tell how significant your specific charges are.
However, I think the BSA greatly appreciates the support of the LDS to Scouting. The LDS Church was given a charter in 1913 and was the first organization in the US to become an “official” sponsor of Scouting. The last time I looked the LDS had the largest number of units of any sponsoring organization. It also had the third most boys enrolled in any sponsoring organization. Scouting is so important to the LDS, I doubt if there is any LDS congregation of normal size that is not sponsoring a scout unit.
Yes, the mission of scouting fits in perfectly with their belief system. However, as in everything else, they do it THEIR way. It is that way if you employ them and their way is the only way if you befriend them. A friend in Utah (non-Mormon) was upset because her kids' Mormon friends were always asking them to go to church and making a big deal of their recruitment. She finally told the parents that her children could go to the LDS church after the Mormon kids had visited their Methodist church. Needless to say, the cross-visitation didn't occur and the LDS kids quit asking.
As an employer, they are great employees. They are honest, have great family values, etc. They make the amount of money they want to make and won't give extra time if that makes somebody else's business more profitable. Within Mormon companies, there appear to be "tracks" and non-Mormons are less likely to advance than Mormons. They are entitled to their way of doing things, but don't count on them to be playing on your team if you are the captain.
posted on 01/02/2008 12:45:20 PM PST
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