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Published: Thursday, July 11 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Mesa, AZ

Cool that Suit Up is being promoted on the day the Church modifies the missionary dress code to include lighter and brighter colored suits, slacks, and dresses!

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I’ll credit most of the following idea from comments made by Charles Dahlquist, former General Young Men’s president. As I remember, his statement was “Everything we do, we do for a reason.” The upshot is that a scout uniform instills in young men the importance of dressing appropriately for priesthood service—which they do on Sunday in a white shirt and tie (full dress suit when available) and which they will do as a missionary, complete with name tag. Scout uniforms are expensive, but they are representative of the ideals of scouting. When wearing them, certain behaviors are required: i.e., the living of the scout oath and law, which in LDS units, dovetails into the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood.
Boys sense the importance of a uniform for sporting events, why not for scouting? We have far too many young men not wearing them for scouting activities.

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