MTV or MTC? Choosing between good and best

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  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    April 10, 2012 11:52 a.m.


    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.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    April 10, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    small town, Nebraska
    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. "

    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 the scriptures.

  • bobosmom small town, Nebraska
    April 9, 2012 11:03 p.m.

    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.

  • EightOhOne St. George, UT
    April 9, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    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!!!

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2012 4:27 p.m.

    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.

  • keola787 Los Angeles, CA
    April 9, 2012 4:17 p.m.

    Our life's course is a series of lessons to be learned and tests to pass.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2012 11:43 a.m.


    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 eternal consequences.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    April 9, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    @ 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.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    April 9, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    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

  • KayClar Kaysville, UT
    April 9, 2012 8:48 a.m.


    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.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    April 9, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    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.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    April 9, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    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 you.

  • Coyoteghost Saint George, UT
    April 9, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    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!

  • hc1951 Bend, OR
    April 9, 2012 7:27 a.m.

    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?