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Old Testament Groaners
Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?
A. Ruthless.

Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?
A. German Shepherds.

Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went to the Nile Bank and drew out a little prophet.

Q What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?
A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.

Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?
A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once .

Q. Which Bible character had no parents?
A. Joshua, son of Nun.

Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark ?
A. Because Noah was standing on the deck
What do these men have in

A vision-
Their version of the
World as they want it
People magazine editor:
   What determines who we
   listen to and follow?
"If you have a story about Jennifer Aniston or Jessica Simpson, or
someone's break up, or a wedding, there's a high likelihood most
readers will dive into that. When you're looking at a story about a
local hero, or a woman who has been dealing with a dying child, or
helping to save her community, you have to work harder editorially
to take the reader in.“

“…the average age of our reader is 40…”

Political journalist Garry Willis at BYU

In an election year we get the presidents we deserve. A great people is
what you need for a great president. Washington was the greatest
president because the people were at their most enlightened and alert.

America right now is escapist. It wants to be soothed, and told is
doesn’t have to pay or sacrifice or learn
            How would you define the
             difference between a good
             leader and a bad leader?

            Is that different between an
              “effective leader” and one
              who is not?
           St. Hugh Nibley

Brother Kimball casually took an immaculate linen
  handkerchief from the breast pocket of his jacket,
  and stooping over, vigorously dusted off my shoes
  and trousers. It was the most natural thing in the
  world, and we both took it completely for granted.
  After all, my shoes were dusty in the race
  for the train, and Brother Kimball had
  always told missionaries to keep
  themselves clean and proper. It was no
  great thing…Neither of us said a thing about
  it, but ever since, that has conditioned my
  attitude towards Brethren. I truly believe
  that they are chosen servants of God.
The Influence of Righteous
2 Chr 12 King Jehoshaphat viewing an approaching army
The Plea:
"O our God, ... we have no might against this great company that
   cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are
   upon thee"
The answer…
"Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou
   king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid
   nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is
   not yours, but God's. ... "Fear not, nor be dismayed; ... for the
   Lord will be with you"
Jehoshaphat’s response…
"Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe
   his prophets, so shall ye prosper"
                                And now whereas my father did lade
                                you with a heavy yoke, I will add to
The House of Israel Splits      your yoke; my father hath chastised
                                you with whips, but I will chastise you
                                with scorpions.

                                …when all Israel saw that the king
                 David Unified the Tribes
                                hearkened not [unto the counsel of the
                                old men], the people answered the
                                king, saying, What portion have we in
                       King Solomon
                               …So Israel departed into their tents.

       REHOBOAM                        JEROBOAM
      Son of Solomon                Advisor to Solomon

   Judah                                       10 Tribes of Israel
           In the church, we
             will receive
             opportunities to
             fill “leadership”
             What does the
             Lord expect of
Hugh Nibley
Leaders to Managers: The Fatal Shift

"If you love me," said the greatest of all leaders,
   "you will keep my commandments." "If you
   know what is good for you," says the
   manager," "you will keep my commandments
   and not make waves."
True leaders are inspiring because they are
   inspired, caught up in a higher purpose,
   devoid of personal ambition, idealistic, and
Joseph Smith
Thy mind, O man! If thou wilt lead a soul
  unto salvation…
Must stretch as high as the utmost heavens,
  and search into and contemplate the darkest
  abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity…
…You mind will expand wider and wider, until
  you can circumscribe the earth and the
  heavens… and contemplate the mighty acts
  of Jehovah in all their variety and glory…
Finally- Elder Busche
None of us has enough wisdom, enough
 intelligence, enough knowledge, enough skills,
 or enough courage, by ourselves, to master
 our lives and even succeed in life…
           Unless we learn what it means to
                surrender ourselves into the
 arms of             the Lord and be filled with
 the Spirit.              He wants to
 empower us with the                  gifts that
 he promised to give to each                 of
 his disciples who has made sacred
     covenants with him.

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