Elder Hartman Rector Jr., while camping with 120 LDS Scouts June 24 through July 1 at Camp Lone Oak, committed them to becoming Eagle Scouts and serving the Lord as full-time missionaries.
Elder Rector, an emeritus General Authority, wanted to help the Scouts and 30 leaders from the Homestead Florida Stake, the Miami Florida (Spanish) Stake, the Fort Lauderdale Florida Stake and the Pompano Florida Stake feel the Spirit of the Lord.During the camp, located 40 miles north of Orlando, Fla., Elder Rector led the youth in scripture study, and spoke to them in three firesides and during a sacrament meeting. He also taught them to memorize the Ten Commandments in order, using word association. For example, three rhymes with tree, trees have veins, and the third commandment states "thou shalt not take the Lord's name in vain."
"They loved it," said Michael Madsen, president of the Homestead Florida Stake.
Elder Rector talked to the Scouts about serving God through serving their fellowman. Pres. Madsen said Elder Rector spent time one on one with the boys and even pitched his tent near theirs, in spite of monsoon-like weather conditions.
The youth enjoyed being with Elder Rector as he taught them about remaining on the trail of life, said Pres. Madsen. "In the words of the young men, `it was a mighty spiritual experience,' " the stake president related.