James Tissot, What Our Lord Saw from the Cross, Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription.


Mark 8:34–38
Amos 8:11–12

For Younger Missionaries


  • How can we give others an opportunity to lose their life in God’s service when they are not even members of the Church?
  • It is easy to see that, more than ever, people are seeking happiness; but they are looking in all the wrong places. In our conversations, how can share with them our sources of happiness in a way that will influence the direction of their quest?

Ask for Help When the Winds of Prosperity Blow

Conducting missionary work among the prosperous of the earth, however, often requires a different mind-set. The principle is this: On occasion those who are in comfortable circumstances feel the need for a church affiliation. Most of the time, however, we will do better with this group if we can convey how desperately those of us in the Church need their help.

Though this idea seems paradoxical at first reading, it reflects a fundamental causal mechanism of conversion that the Savior articulated: “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it” (Mark 8:35).

In other words, we need to give the chance to lose their lives for the sake of the gospel not just to the humble of the earth, but to prosperous people too. Even though many prosperous, comfortable people don’t feel like they need religion, almost all of them have a need to help other people (Clayton M. Christensen, The Power of Everyday Missionaries, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2013, 35-36).

I was raised in the Rose Park portion of Salt Lake. My dad was a home teacher to a man in our ward named Phillip Strong, who just hated this church. He had been inadvertently baptized when he was eight, but he had nothing to do with the Church. And he was so antagonistic that I think my dad took me along—I was six years old—for safety. But we’d knock on the guy’s door, he would come out on the porch and command my dad to get off his property, and if he ever comes back he’s going to call the police. So my dad would leave, but my faithful dad, the next month would knock on Phillip’s door and get ordered off.

Well, November came along, and a really strong storm came through Salt Lake, and it was driving wind. It blew off a big chunk of the roof of Welfare Square. Because we were quite close to that, one of the members of our ward worked there. [He] called my dad up, who was in our bishopric, and he said, “You’ve got to get about 10 people over here as quick as you can, because the rain is coming down onto the food.” And so my dad went door to door, asked people. A number of them said they would do it, and then we came to Phillip Strong’s house. And Phillip—my dad didn’t go there initially, but then he came back and he said, “I’ve got to ask Phillip.”

So when Phillip came out, he went like this, and my dad said, “Phillip, I … know you never go to church, but I need your help.” And he explained what had happened at Welfare Square. He said, “I’ve got a bunch of men who are willing to go and work to fix it, but you’re the only roofer in the whole neighborhood, and we need you to come and organize the project and tell everybody what to do and how to do it.”

And Phillip said, “All right, I’ll go.” And they went there, got there about six o’clock after the sun had set. They had to go up three stories in the air on this roof, and the wind and the rain were still blowing in a fierce way, and very quickly they were soaked. And my dad was working next to Phil, and every time my dad put a tack through the tar paper, he thought, “I’m just putting another nail in the spiritual coffin of Phillip Strong, because after this miserable experience, he will never be interested in this church.”

Anyway, working until about 11 o’clock, they got the project done. As they were walking back to their cars, Phillip came up to my dad, stuck his arm around my dad, and said, “You know, I haven’t felt this good in 20 years.” Two weeks later, he came to church, and they just raised an extraordinary family that was an unmitigated blessing to all of us who lived there.

All of the time that our approach was, “Phillip Strong, you need the Church,” it just didn’t connect. But when we said, “We need your help,” he was just delighted to be able to do it (Clayton Christensen, “Try a ‘Front-Line’ Approach in Sharing the Gospel,” LDS Business College Devotional, January 24, 2012).


Invitation to read the
Book of Mormon: Alejandra



The Promise of the
Book of Mormon


  • Did you realize that Moroni’s promise (Moroni 10:4-5) was made to you?
  • Do you think Moroni thought about us as he buried the plates? Do you think he thought about the people you would invite to read his words?


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