(From BBC News)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) will end its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America, a joint statement says.
The decision marks the end of a 105-year-old tradition that stated any boy in a Mormon congregation automatically became a Boy Scouts member.
The Mormon Church said it severed ties with the Scouts because it hopes to create its own global youth programme.
The partnership will conclude on 31 December 2019, the statement says.
“The church has grown from a US-centred institution to a worldwide organisation, with a majority of its membership living outside the United States,” the joint statement released on Tuesday said.