PICARQUIN, Chile -- When some 30,000 Scouts from upwards of 180 nations converged on this camping area recently for the 19th World Scout Jamboree, it became a cultural exchange of epic proportions.

And, as far as the Church was concerned, it was an opportunity to acquaint many young men with LDS beliefs. LDS Scouts also learned the tenets of many other religions.About 80 LDS Scouts from the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Tahiti, Brazil and Chile attended Church services that included sacrament meetings, a fast and testimony meeting and a fireside during the 11-day world event, Dec. 26-Jan 5.

Elder Robert K. Dellenbach of the Seventy and general Young Men president spoke to the youth, as did Elder Jerald D. Taylor of the Seventy, first counselor in the Chile Area presidency, and Elder Julio H. Jaramillo, an Area Authority Seventy.

The secretary general of the World Scout Organization, Jaques Moreillon, visited the LDS exhibit at the jamboree and spoke with leaders.

Some 4,000-5,000 Scouts visited the LDS display, at which they learned the LDS beliefs of a living prophet and the restoration of the gospel.

The Scouts also performed a number of service projects during the jamboree, including painting and refurbishing buildings.