Pres. Thomas S. Monson LDS-BSA Century of Honor Talk
LDS Church President Featured in Boy Scout Painting
Artist Jon McNaughton has captured the essence of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his new masterpiece, Sacred Fire.
The Sacred Fire is not an ordinary fire. In 1913, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the first chartered partner of the Boy Scouts of America. Sacred Fire symbolizes this 100-year partnership and illustrates the qualities of the Boy Scout Oath and Law.
“I wanted to paint an image that reveals the relationship between Scouting and the Priesthood,” McNaughton said.
Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the world Scouting movement, is featured in the center of the painting. Gathered around him in a spirit of brotherhood and unity are the presidents of the LDS Church who served since the formation of this Scouting partnership. The LDS Church presidents are wearing period-specific Scout uniforms and awards unique to their era. Each log on the fire represents their leadership contributions to the Scouting movement. President Monson is pictured reaching forward to lay his log on the fire.
“I was grateful to receive the lovely painting by Jon McNaughton entitled Sacred Fire, which depicts Lord Baden-Powell with eleven Presidents of the Church, from Joseph F. Smith to the present,” said President Thomas S. Monson in his letter of appreciation.
“It is an honor to accept this gift from the Utah National Parks Council. Thank you very much,”
To those who are familiar with Scouting and its ideals, it is no wonder that the LDS Church places great emphasis on the Boy Scouts of America. “There is a sacred relationship between Scouting and the Priesthood and the Lord has an interest in its purpose. The logs on the fire represent the contribution of each President since the (LDS) Church joined with Scouting. The fire is ‘sacred’ and does not burn; it illuminates and represents the Lord’s Spirit directing this great partnership,” said David Pack, Utah National Parks Council Scout Executive.
The painting was commissioned by an anonymous donor.
“I hope you will feel the warmth of this painting and my invitation to gather around the fire; to contemplate the great purpose of the Boy Scouts of America,” McNaughton said.
Lithograph prints and giclee canvas copies of Sacred Fire are exclusively available with a donation to the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America.