Liahona Award

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Liahona Award medal

This is a proposal for the development of a general scouting religious recognition which can be used by any of the restorationist faith traditions in any national scouting programme world wide. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and the Community of Christ (RLDS) both have such recognitions now. Smaller faith communities, such as the Christ of Christ (Temple Lot), the Church of Jesus Christ (Rigdon/Bickerton) and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strang) lack such a program for their youth in scouting. This award attempt to address that. We do not wish to replace any existing program but rather to offer an alternative program where needed or wanted. As envisioned any youth, regardless of religious affiliation or national scouting programme would be able to earn this scouting award.

The name of the award is taken from The Book of Mormon, Alma 37:38 (LDS) 17:71 (RLDS)

And now my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball, or director; or our fathers called it liahona, which is, being interpreted, a compass; and the Lord prepared it.
As a form of compass the imagery of a liahona seems particularly apt for Scouting.

Award requirements

Below are proposed requirements for the Liahona Award for both youth and adults.

Youth

Adult

Liahona Award coordinator

The role of the Liahona Award coordinator is to collect and process the applications for the award from interested scouts and adults and to insure the requirements for the award are meet. At a minimum there should be a coordinator for each scouting area or national programme but these coordinators can be as local as needed down to the unit level as required. If there are no coordinators for a given national scouting programme then other coordinators can be used. There can be more than one coordinator in a given area.