President Gordon B. Hinkley has said, "There is no more significant work in this world than the preparation of boys to become young men...who are qualified to live productive and meaningful lives." And President Thomas S. Monson underscores this thought when he says, "It is far better to build boys than to mend men."

Bradley D. Harris, associate professor of recreational management and youth leadership at Brigham Young University, challenges parents and youth leaders alike to rediscover the spiritual dimensions of Scouting - to focus on the close relationship that should exist between Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood.

The author's 22-year professional career with the Boy Scouts of America, combined with extensive experience in the Church in various priesthood leadership capacities, gives him invaluable insights into the responsibilities that parents and leaders have in bringing young men to Christ. "The family is the first institution charged with bringing young men to Christ", he says. "Working in harmony, the family and the Aaronic Priesthood should create an atmosphere where young men's individual testimonies can flourish."

Trails to Testimony is a powerful guide for families and leaders entrusted with the sacred responsibility of teaching and guiding the young men of the Church.

"And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all - they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted. Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him."
ALMA 53:20-21

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