Controversial Utah County artist Jon McNaughton now has depicted 11 LDS Church presidents from Joseph F. Smith to the present, all in period Boy Scout uniforms, gathered around a campfire.
"I wanted to paint an image that for the first time reveals the relationship between Scouting and the [LDS Church's all-male] priesthood," McNaughton writes on his website.
In the center of the group is Boy Scout founder Robert Baden-Powell with current LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, a longtime advocate of Scouting, to his right. The two groups began their partnership in 1913.
"Each log represents the contributions of these men as President Monson reaches out to lay his log on the fire," McNaughton writes. "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."