“I never thought it was right to call up a man and try him because he erred in doctrine, it looks too much like m---m and not like Latter day Saintism. M--s have creeds which a man must believe or be kicked out of their church. I want the liberty of believing as I please, it feels so good not to be tramelled. It dont prove that a man is not a good man, because he errs in doctrine. The High Council undertook to censure and correct Br. Brown because of his teachings in relation to the beasts [in Revelations], and he came to me to know what he should do about it”(Words of Joseph Smith, 183-84).
I always wanted to start a text for the young men, one that replaces the current boy scouts, with that quote.
The thought was that young men need modern survival skills, not ones meant to teach them in preparation for their becoming airborne rangers (sort of what the boy scouts originally was meant to do).
Four lessons a month:
One on basic spiritual skills (such as avoiding anger, etc.);
One on modern social survival skills (such as the gentle art of verbal self defense);
One on job awareness and professional skills;
One on service and brotherhood (young men should engage in service projects every month).
Real training for real life. Strange where that quote took me, where do your favorite quotes take you?