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Service to youth never an inconvenience

Several years ago, Larry M. Gibson joined his Scout-age son, Colby, on

a grueling hike that challenged Colby's troop and its leaders to

traverse 50 miles in 24 hours. An hour or two after successfully

completing their adventure, Brother Gibson went to check on his son,

who was resting in his bedroom. He found the boy physically fatigued

and emotionally spent.\"Dad, I don't ever want to do anything like that again,\" said Colby. Then the young Scout paused, looked at his exhausted father and added: \"I'll do it again if my own son asks me to do it with him.\"

Gibson — who was called as first counselor in the Young Men general presidency last April — was reminded at that moment in his son's bedroom of a lasting gospel principle: service on behalf of those you love is never an inconvenience, a mere duty or a gift — it's a sacred privilege.

After spending much of his life finding joy serving young people in his wards and stake, Gibson said it's now his privilege to work with the young men of the church across the globe. He spoke to the LDS Church News about his pledge to labor alongside the Aaronic Priesthood with loving tenaciousness.

\"One definition of tenacity is to retain something of great worth — there is nothing of greater worth than our youth.\"See the full story on

This story is provided by the LDS Church News, an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is produced weekly by the Deseret News.