Scout Leader Released After 13 Year Old Crashes Restored Car Into Church

Kent Taylor, a 36 year old scoutmaster of the Sebring, Florida Ward was released from his calling after one of his scouts, a 13 year old boy who cannot be named, drove a car the troop had restored into the church.

“We had worked on that car for almost two months before finishing it. I decided that the scouts deserved to be rewarded for their hard work and let them take turns driving it around the parking lot.” Kent told us.

“Driving the car was fun. Brother Taylor set up cones in the parking lot and we took turns driving around them. He wouldn’t let us go more than ten miles an hour, so I made up for it by hitting a few cones.” One scout said.

“At first everything was going well. The boys were being safe and other than hitting a few cones, they were great drivers. Much better that some of the people in the ward.” Kent said.

“After a while we got bored and dared each other to see if the car would fit through the double door of the church. After a few minutes, someone volunteered to try it.” A scout said.

The thirteen year old drove the car through the door. Then he parked in the sacrament lobby. Kent Taylor ran in to access the damage and make sure the boy wasn’t hurt. There was broken glass everywhere but fortunately, nobody was hurt. After a minute, the young women and bishop arrived to see what had happened.

“Everybody was in shock when they saw what had happened. The bishop told the young woman’s leader to watch the scouts while he talked to me in his office. He was furious and demanded to know what happened. After I explained what had happened, he released me. I’ll miss the scouts, but I suppose this was a good opportunity to teach them about taking responsibility for your actions.” Kent said.

“I’m going to miss Brother Taylor. He always let us do fun things! Like that time when we got to have an airsoft war in the church. Or when he made homemade smoke flares.” A scout told us.

According to the bishop, the cost of replacing the door was split between Kent and the boy’s parents. He also told us that he would be sure to go over the safe scouting guidelines with the next scout master.

Man Brings Dog Into Sacrament Meeting

Jason Young, A 67 year old man in the Ottawa Kansas Ward brought his golden retriever into church on Sunday.  When confronted by the bishop, he stated, “If screaming babies are allowed in here, I don’t see why my dog isn’t. She is very well behaved and won’t disturb the meeting at all.”

“He had an excuse for everything reason I gave him. I tried explaining other members may be allergic to his dog. But he stated that they could sit on the other side of the room. I told him the dog may go to the bathroom in the building. He said it was well trained and wouldn’t do that.” Bishop Johnson said.

“I would’ve taken my dog home when the bishop told me to, but my house is an hour away and the meeting was about to start. And the weather is too cold to leave it in the car. My dog was quiet the entire time. Unlike the kids sitting a few rows behind me. So I don’t see the problem.” Jason told us.

Although the dog may have been quiet, it attracted a lot of attention. Especially among children. “I had to take my five year old son out into the hall because he kept running over to pet the dog.” Jane Cook, a 28 year old woman said.

“I get that kids can be distracting during sacrament meeting, but bringing a dog certainly didn’t help!” Lynda Thomas, a 46 year old woman said.

Things escalated when it was time for the sacrament. Jason took a handful of bread and fed it to his dog. Because of this, the priests had to prepare and bless more bread. One brother, who got annoyed by this, told Jason to read 3 Nephi 14:6 which reads “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs…”

“At first I was fine with the dog. His wife had recently passed away so I could understand that he was lonely. But this was going too far!” The man told us.

Once the meeting was over, the bishop met with Jason in his office. According to the bishop, after a half hour of explaining church policy and looking up a few scriptures, the bishop got through to him and Jason promised not to bring his dog in anymore.

“We read the story of Jesus telling the disciples to suffer the children to come unto him. Then I showed him the church handbook which states that animals are not allowed in church buildings. He complained that babies were more distracting than animals. In the end we reached a compromise. I would remind the ward to take out crying children, and he wouldn’t bring his dog back.” The bishop reported.

Unfortunately, an elderly woman who was sick that week heard the story and thought the bishop was allowing pets in church. So she brought her cat into church the next week.