Mormon leader: We didn’t leave Boy Scouts, they left us

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-ranking leader with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the church severed its century-long tie with the Boy Scouts because the organization made changes that pushed it away from the church.

“The reality there is we didn’t really leave them; they kind of left us,” says M. Russell Ballard, a member of a top governing panel of the church called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “The direction they were going was not consistent to what we feel our youth need to have…to survive in the world that lies ahead for them.”

Ballard, in New York City for events with young adult church members, talks about preparations for the faith’s bicentennial, also spoke about the church’s support for medical marijuana and incivility in daily life.

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