Author: Matt Lemmon

Why you should Stop trying to do Missionary Work

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Ever since the beginning of humanity we have been doing Missionary Work.  Throughout the Old Testament it is filled with Prophets leaving the comforts of their homes to tell people there was something greater.  It is a commandment given directly and plainly by our Master, Jesus Christ when He said “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” It continued on when Joseph and the faithful Saints left their families and homes to share something that was worth leaving family over.

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Photo attribution Four Missionaries to the Lamanites, by Robert T. Barrett lds.org

It is clear that Missionary Work is a part of the gospel and will continue on.  So why should I stop trying?

yodaWe have to stop trying to do Missionary Work and start actually doing it.  Trying and Doing are opposites.  If I try to do my home or visiting teaching I will maybe see…

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8 things NOT to say when sharing the gospel

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1. “I can’t _______”

As Latter-day Saints there are some things we shouldn’t eat, or do, or watch. But that’s the thing. We shouldn’t. It’s not that we can’t. We are choosing a higher path.  Saying “I can’t drink alcohol but if I weren’t Mormon I totally would” shows little faith in the revelations God has given us.  Consider saying “I choose not to _______.” Because in reality, that’s exactly what it is.

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2. “The Bible has mistakes”

We believe The Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, so yes, in a sense we do believe it went through wrong hands.  But that doesn’t mean we should vocalize that to our friends and family not of our faith.  It could turn them off to the idea of learning additional teachings of the restored gospel. The Bible is a beautiful word of God that has…

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8ways2: Be happy and single

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As I went through college I heard this saying all the time:  “Before you date you should be happy being alone.” In other words, you shouldn’t rely on another person to make you happy.

But aren’t we wired with that desire to love and be loved?  Aren’t we commanded to cling to our spouse and no one else?

It’s easier said than done, but there are ways to be happy and single. Here are 8 of those ways.

1. Remember your value

You are not of any less value in the sight of God if you are unmarried or not dating.  You are a son or daughter of God who loves you irrespective of your current circumstances.  You have divine heritage and as such you ought to look upon yourself as a king or queen as you rightly are.

2. Be happy

It is a choice to be happy.  Our circumstances vary dramatically…

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Stop waiting on God

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A highlight of growing up is being able to move out of your parents’ house and become an independent young man or woman. You find an apartment, a decent job that will pay the bills and you make lifelong friends.  As a rite of passage into adulthood many make adventurous trips either for leisure or to help those in need. They learn to make all their own decisions with the intent of solidifying a belief in themselves.

This doesn’t mean they don’t rely on their Mom or Dad for choices that are difficult and are life-altering.  A “fork in the road” decision always presents as a challenge, but we don’t have to face them alone.  We have the ability to call home, email, facebook, text or Skype with those who have come before us.  But in the end we don’t let others make choices for us.

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I believe the same concept follows us spiritually.  We should counsel with our Father in Heaven.  We should pray to God who knows…

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Why marrying a convert was the best decision of my life

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How many of you have married converts or are a convert yourself? Tell us about it!

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I’m part of the Mormon stock that people joke about.  You know, the kind who comes from polygamy decent, has 7 brothers and sisters, was born in the church, had 100% seminary attendance, and followed in the footsteps of his 4 older brothers who went on missions.  One distinguishing fact about me is I’m not from Utah, but just on the other side of the mountains in Denver, Colorado.  I’m your average, ordinary brown hair, brown eyed Mormon returned missionary who had to find his transition between being saturated in missionary work and becoming a productive member of society.

I knew I wanted to go to BYU-Idaho for a while.  My older brother went there when it was Ricks College and he had great things to say. My friends talked highly of the institution and I even visited the school before my mission and was impressed.  Months after returning home from Africa with…

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The idea of God isn’t true

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This article has been shared here by permission of the author, Matt Lemmon. The original article can be found at the8ways2.com

For most of us, something deep down inside tells us there is a greater power. We sense there is something bigger than us. All that you have to do is look up at all the miraculous clusters of stars and galaxies.  Look into the eyes of a baby.  Look down into a microscope and watch as cells individually multiply and heal. So no, this isn’t about Atheism.

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What or who is God? Philosophers and common men and women have pondered that thought since the beginning of time. Native Americans have called God the great spirit. Hindus believe in the plurality of gods in different shapes and forms. Ancient Egyptians believed God was the sun that was born in the day and died at night. All of these ideas are fascinating, but false. Even the idea of God isn’t true. Let me explain.

Many people view God as a power, a mist, a. . . .

Matt LemmonMatt Lemmon is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the author of the blog the8ways2.com. He is also a Nursing student, and is married to Kayla Lemmon, who has been writing a blog called “all our lemony things” since August 2013. Matt was featured on the cover of the October 2014 issue of LDS Life & Times. You can contact Matt at 8ways2@gmail.com.

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