Do you know all the details of what will happen at the time of the Lord's Second Coming? Chances are some of these doctrinal gems may surprise you.
Studying the signs of the times and attempting to make sense of what events lie ahead are fascinating labors. When I began writing Living in the Eleventh Hour and Living in the Millennium, I thought I had a pretty good grasp of the prophetic picture. But in looking back on the months of study and writing, I have to admit that I learned a great deal; there were a number of things that were either new to me or matters that required me to do some serious rethinking and reassessment. Some of these matters you might have questions about, too.
If you need a good laugh, look no further. Check out these 12 hilarious Mormon movie quotes.
Missionaries come home with an array of newly acquired strengths and skills--skills that are invaluable to employers.
In a recent conversation, someone told me that “missionaries are clueless.” As I pondered that statement, I desperately wanted to reply with one question: Clueless about what?
I don't know of another group of 19 to 23-year-olds that have a better clue about life than missionaries. How many men and women do you know that put their entire life on hold during the prime of their lives in order to serve people that they've never met? Probably not many.
But big companies like Vivint, Adobe, and Qualtrics recognize the impressive skills and work ethics returned Mormon missionaries come back with and are snatching them up as some of the most prepared and qualified business individuals on the planet.
For this and many other reasons, I believe employers should actively seek to hire returned Mormon missionaries. Here are my top five reasons:
1. They Are Forced To Think On Their Feet
Mormon missionaries undergo two years of specialized training in the field of "resolving concerns" for people. They learn to respond intelligently and analyze situations thoroughly and naturally. Is there any more useful tool in the business world?
Missionaries are faced with a different circumstance almost every second of every day. They're faced with people from all walks of life. Rich people, poor people, mean people, nice people, and people from all nationalities, religious backgrounds, and cultures. A missionary's very survival and success hinges on their ability to think and adapt quickly to the diversity of circumstances they face every day.
Though Mormons don't formally observe Lent, we can use the lessons it teaches to draw closer to Christ. Try one of these Lenten traditions with an LDS twist this Easter season.
For many faiths, today is known as Ash Wednesday, or the beginning of the season of Lent—a 40-day period dedicated to fasting and repentance in preparation for Easter. Christians who celebrate Lent traditionally give up specific bad habits, fast, pray, and practice increased spiritual discipline.
Though Latter-day Saints don’t observe the traditions of Lent, we can always learn a thing or two from it as we search for things that are of good report and praiseworthy. After all, we can always use a reminder to be better and have a more meaningful Easter.
So this year, make a commitment to up your Easter game and try one of these LDS twists on typical Lent traditions:
Commit to making a “negative” change
Lent is well-known as a time to sacrifice. For the next 40 days (plus Sundays, which aren’t counted as part of the 40-day Lent tradition), make a “negative” change by resolving to take something bad out of your life. You could try giving up a TV program, excessive social media use, bad music, junk food, or something else you struggle with.
One of the reasons that youth in particular love John Bytheway is that his style of teaching is relatable—and often humorous! Check out some of these witticisms from classic Bytheway talks and books that aren't just funny but can teach you something, too.
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Did you know that John Bytheway's renown humor doesn't come naturally? He explains:
I have to add the humor later. I have to figure out what I’m trying to say, what’s most important to say, and then my secondary question is, “Now how do I get the person who doesn’t want to listen to be engaged?” The first question is always “what ought to be taught?” the second is always “how do I teach it so I don’t lose any of those who are most at risk?” So the humor doesn’t come naturally—I have to think later, “this part’s getting boring—what do I do?” There’s other people that the humor just flows, but I have to work on it.
His work is certainly noticeably--and appreciated. Check out these jokes from Brother Bytheway that not only will make you laugh but will teach you an important gospel lesson, too.
1. The Loincloth?
Right away, you just think, “What were they thinking?” I wouldn’t wear a loincloth anywhere, but would you wear one to a war? “Let’s see--I’m going to war tomorrow, what should I wear? There’s gonna be lots of sharp pointy things. Ah the loincloth! Got it! And some sunscreen. Maybe some extra safety pins, right." I dunno. You can just hear his wife: "You're not going out in that, are you?"