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Evolving Thoughts about the Watchmaker

The Watchmaker: Being Methodical in Planning for Success As a Scoutmaster and counselor in a ward Young Men presidency, I attended a stake priesthood leadership meeting as part of our stake conference this weekend.

Explanatory Aside: In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, congregations are organized into geographical units called wards; a group of wards in a geographic region forms a stake, which references the Old Testament scripture, "Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes" (Isaiah 54:2).

In this meeting, a member of our stake presidency referred to the Watchmaker analogy. This analogy is to the effect that if you were to be walking through a desert and came upon a perfectly functioning pocket watch, then your thought would not be that the watch had happened due to random fluctuations in nature, but rather that there had been a watchmaker that had des…