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McNaughton's explanation of his painting "Sacred Fire"
I recently painted a picture that has great meaning to a lot of people.
In 1913, the Boy Scouts of America joined together with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in a partnership that has lasted for 100 years. I wanted to paint an image that for the first time reveals the relationship between Scouting and the Priesthood. In the center is Baden Powell, the founder of the scouting movement. Around him are all the Presidents of the church in the Scout uniforms and awards they may have actually worn during those 100 years, gathered together in unity. Each log represents the contributions of these men, as President Monson reaches out to lay his log on the fire.
It is not any ordinary fire; it illuminates, and it does not burn. The purpose of Scouting is not only to develop honorable young men, but to prepare valiant priesthood holders.
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.
a Patriotic Artist