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.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
For Sunday, I thought I would share a story told years ago by Thomas S. Monson called The Scouter’s Minute. I thought it was a great illustration of the power of deep love and loyalty within family. The name, The Scouter’s Minute, also caused me to reflect on the principles of scouting, as expressed above in The Scout Oath and The Scout Law. Think about both as you read.
One of two brothers fighting in the same company in France fell by an enemy bullet. The one who escaped asked permission of his officer to go and bring his brother in.
“He is probably dead,” said the officer, “and there is no use in you risking your life to bring in his body.”
However, after further pleading, the officer consented. Just as the solider reached the lines with his brother on his shoulders, the wounded man died.
“There, you see,” said the officer, “you risked your life for nothing.”
“No,” replied the solider. “I did what he expected of me, and I have my reward. When I crept up to him and took him in my arms, he said, ‘Tom, I knew you would come; I just felt you would come.'”
What a great example of love and loyalty. The brother “did what was expected” and received his reward.
I believe we are all brothers and sisters on this journey we call life. Have you built “brother” or a “sister” relationships with those close to you? Do you have the same deep love and loyalty in those relationships as expressed above? If you have built such a relationship, I’m confident you are enjoying great happiness as your reward. Yes, there are hard times. But life is about relationships more than material wealth. When all is said and done, what reward will you have received?
Choose to build loving and loyal relationships.