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Un-learning missionary work

In part 1 of this series on member missionary work, I talked about why member missionary initiatives always seem to fail– because we keep creating new programs instead of addressing the problem of perspective. In part 2, I talked about starting to change the perspective by getting ourselves “into the zone” through a greater understanding of, conversion to, and immersion in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our...

Missionary work: getting in "the zone"

I pointed out in my previous post that the Lord and His servants have made it clear that when it comes to encouraging member missionary work, we need go beyond gimmicks and corporate management tactics. The Gospel of Jesus Christ doesn’t need salesmen. Motivating members to occasionally perform missionary actions is not enough. God wants us to become missionaries in our hearts. We don’t need a new program– we...

Every member a... salesman?

What is the number one complaint among full-time missionaries? Zealous missionaries everywhere are disappointed that members are not inviting their non-member friends to hear the message of the Gospel.

They are frustrated with good reason– members generally are not doing our part to live our covenant to “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things and in all places.” Investigators, less-actives, and even the random people...

The secrets of Godliness

I’ve heard some members who were born in the Gospel wish that they had been born outside the Church and then converted later in life. These members look back and say, “I wish I could have actually had fun in my youth– sow my wild oats, carefree, without worrying. Get married, hear the Gospel, join the Church, and then live all the rules after I’ve really enjoyed life.” In the...

Letting God Prevail over Politics

An online forum asked Church members if the Church endorsed Republicans or Democrats. One member’s highly-voted answer essentially said:

The Church stays out of politics. But when you look at our faith’s teachings about family values, sexual morality, drugs, and self-reliance, it’s no surprise that, in my experience, most Church members are Republicans like me.

Another highly voted answer showed a different perspective. Something like:

The Church...

Trials that harden, trials that soften

2020 wasn’t the dumpster fire everyone makes it out to be, but it has been a roller coaster year. COVID, lockdowns and their religious liberty concerns, and the most contentious election of my lifetime.

Thankfully, my ward has been less affected than many. Very few members got sick and no one died. Most members were able to work remotely. Our state eased restrictions earlier than others, allowing...

I can't bear it (and that's okay)

A few months ago, I watched the movie Unplanned, the true story of Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson’s conversion to pro-life. She had spent her entire career working on the administrative side of things, but when they were short-staffed one day, she was asked to assist the doctor in the procedure room. That’s when Abby finally confronted the gruesome reality of abortion.

That moment broke Abby. And it...

A prison built with our own hands

The battle was fierce, but also short and decisive– despite a huge loss of men and a painful personal wound, Captain Moroni’s had thrown “one of the greatest of the armies of the Lamanites” into complete disarray. But Moroni “did not delight in bloodshed;” when he saw that his enemies were beaten, he offered them terms of surrender. The Lamanite army accepted his terms and the prisoners were marched to...

Dumpster fire? No, 2020 was a great year!

All through the year, our news feeds have been inundated with messages like:

  • “Kobe Bryant, Alex Trebek, Sean Connery, and RGB? This year can’t get any worse.”
  • “First COVID and now murder hornets? Lord, just take me now.”
  • “This is crazy. I can’t imagine bringing kids into this world.”
  • “2020 is a dumpster fire of a year. Wake me up with 2020 is over.”

Amid such gloom, Pres....

#GiveThanks and #AskNothing

On Friday, the Prophet invited us to “turn social media into your own personal gratitude journal. Post every day about what you are grateful for… flood social media with a wave of gratitude that reaches the four corners of the earth.”

That invitation couldn’t have come at a better time, and I’m grateful to accept it. However, I was also prompted to add a little something extra to my search...

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