@bobosmom,I bet you were well versed on how to defend against
polygamy, curse of cain, objections to joseph smith's prophecies, and
anything else that could lose a conversion. I bet you were well versed on the
main sell points of the religion. Give the milk before the meat.But
the real scriptures, doctrines, founding fathers words ... kept in the back.
"bobosmomsmall town, NebraskaI served a mission in Manila. I had
only been a member for 4 years. I wasn't well versed in the scriptures but
I knew it was true. "This is a problem. You hear kids give
testimonies to the truth of the church and Joseph Smith yet they haven't
even read the BOM yet. Here you are converting people and you're supposed
to be the source for questions and concerns yet you aren't well versed in
I served a mission in Manila. I had only been a member for 4 years. I
wasn't well versed in the scriptures but I knew it was true. I will always
cherish it but it was difficult for me as my family didn't understand or
accept the decision well as they weren't members.
alex, whats up??? i met you back in 2003 while on my mission in wichita, ks.
me and my comp hung out with you at the bookstore. still got the cd you gave
us, and the pic! awesome show you put on as well!!!
If every member of the church made courageous decisions to follow God, such as
the one indicated in the article, I think that would carry much more weight on
the world stage than a few big celebrity Mormons making great headlines. Having
players in the NFL or NBA or in politics or show business, etc., is nice and has
some potential to bring the LDS church to people's awareness, but I believe
that is nothing to the power and influence that could be had in the world from
every member of the church putting God first, no matter the perceived diminished
wordly consequence. Personal fortune and glory would no doubt suffer in many
instances, but the overall good would improve, in my humble opinion. I credit
Mr. Boye and others who have put missions before professional opportunity.
Our life's course is a series of lessons to be learned and tests to pass.
LValfre,I have had chances to work with some of the top people in my
field. I have taken some, not taken others. But not one of those even compares
to the desire to membership, service, and the other blessings relating to the
church.You may only get one shot at a unique world experience- but
you only get one shot, one lifetime to find your way back to the God who created
you and gave this probationary time to find your way back. I'd rather make
it back, and have an eternity of opportunity after this life- then to have put
my priority in the what the world says is a unique opportunity.Worldly success can be a good thing, but if in the end one lost better
opportunities because of it- it won't bring happiness. Industry success
does not produce happiness, love, charity, and everything that we as human
beings should strive to be. I'm not saying you can't do both sometimes
either, but if it's one or the other- the choice is clearly the one with
@ L Valfre,Sorry I hope you understand this one concept when Christ
came to Peter and his his brothers he told them Come follow me I will make you
fishers of men. Did they say hey as soon as we finish hauling in catch then we
will follow you! NO they dropped their nets and followed. Same with our youth
they are called to be fishers of men they drop their nets and follow Christ and
pro claim his gospel. Waiting is not a option unless one is changing their life
to conform to a more Christ like life to be clean and pure to serve God.
Just saying ... if you're a faithful LDS member your whole life is a
mission so to speak. There's always opportunities to serve, to teach
non-members, etc.How many chances do you have to work with your
industry's best at their prime?"80% of success is showing
up" Woody Harrelson
LValfre,In this case, I think Alex and his family are in a very good
place as a result of his decisions. He did, in fact, change "his
family's life outside of [himself]."Point very well made.
I was impressed by this story. With deepest respect for LValfre, that could
have been an option, but even then, postponing service to the Lord is sometimes
all the adversary requires to alter the blessings. "Yes, I'll follow
the prophet --- but later." "I'll go where you want me to go dear
Lord --- after my TV program is over."I knew a young man from
high school. He joined the church as a senior and afterwards, won a coveted 4
year scholarship to Southern California for architecture. A year later, he
decided to serve a mission. He was told if he went he could kiss the
scholarship good-bye. His parents (not members) urged him to at least finish
out his degree and then serve. No, he had made up his mind to go.When he returned two years later, the school had a change of heart and
restored the remainder of his scholarship. I know that doesn't always
happen, but I do know that the Lord blesses us, and usually with something
better than what we gave up.Inspiring story. Thanks again.
You could have went on the mission a year later and at least gave the
opportunity a shot ... could have changed your family's life outside of
Alex is one of my favorite singers. Particularly enjoy listening to him sing
solos with the Tabernacle Choir.His commitment to Christ makes him
particularly special.Go Alex!
As I stand by watching my beautiful daughter struggling to get everything done
for her mission, I realize just how much Satan DOESN'T want her to go.
Sneaky, isn't he?