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Building Wealth for Building the Kingdom: A Financial Planning Guide for Latter-day Saint Families [Kindle Edition]

Devin Thorpe
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Book Description

Building Wealth for Building the Kingdom is a simple, practical guide to help LDS families organize their personal financial plans to meet their unique goals. The book provides simple answers to questions like:

How much should I be saving each month for my son's mission?
How much should I be saving each month for my children's college education?
How can I save enough to be able to retire while I'm healthy enough to serve a mission?

Avoiding tips on pinching pennies, the book focuses on opportunities to save thousands or tens of thousands of dollars by making smart moves with big decisions, like home and car purchases.

Mormon families will appreciate the gospel-centered, scripture-based focus on putting tithing at the center of a financial plan. Building Wealth for Building the Kingdom will help prepare families to enjoy the benefits of their labor while simultaneously contributing to the growth of Church.

About the Author:

Devin D. Thorpe brings a broad perspective to financial planning, having owned and operated an investment-banking firm, which included an investment advisory business, a mortgage brokerage and having served in a variety of corporate finance positions.

Presently, Devin serves as a business professor at South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China on behalf of Brigham Young University’s Kennedy Center China Teachers program. Previously, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the multinational company MonaVie, listed in Inc. Magazine’s 2009 Inc. 500 as the 18th fastest growing company in America and, at $834 million in revenue, the third largest company on the list. Prior experience includes two years working on the staff of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee during Utah Senator Jake Garn’s tenure. He also served briefly in Utah State Government, working at USTAR under Governor Jon Huntsman.

He earned an MBA with focus in Finance and Accounting from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. He completed his undergraduate degree in finance at the University of Utah, where he later worked as an adjunct professor of finance. In 2006, Devin was recognized by the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah as a Distinguished Alum.


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About the Author

Devin D. Thorpe brings a broad perspective to financial planning, having owned and operated an investment-banking firm—which included an investment advisory business—and a mortgage brokerage and having served in a variety of corporate finance positions. Presently, Devin serves as a business professor at South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China on behalf of Brigham Young University’s Kennedy Center China Teachers program. Previously, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the multinational company MonaVie, listed in Inc. Magazine’s 2009 Inc. 500 as the 18th fastest growing company in America and, at $834 million in revenue, the third largest company on the list. Prior experience includes two years working on the staff of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee during Utah Senator Jake Garn’s tenure. He also served briefly in Utah State Government, working at USTAR under Governor Jon Huntsman.  He earned an MBA with focus in Finance and Accounting from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. He completed his undergraduate degree in finance at the University of Utah, where he later worked as an adjunct professor of finance. In 2006, Devin was recognized by the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah as a Distinguished Alum. In the Church, Devin presently serves as a seminary teacher along with his wife, Gail. Previously, he served as a counselor in a stake presidency, a counselor in a bishopric, ward executive secretary, young men’s president, assistant scout master, three times as an assistant ward clerk, and in more elders quorum presidencies than he can count. Devin ran his first marathon in 2011, finishing in 4:35.

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  • File Size: 1283 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470096196
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VVHQJA
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! January 23, 2012
By LanceS
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Perfect book to get you on the right path to financial freedom or improve the current path you're taking. Opened my eyes to the reality of savings that need to be happening today in order to reach my goals of retirement, missions and taking care of the expense of education for my children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading May 21, 2012
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Don't buy the house, don't purchase the car, and don't sign on any dotted line that commits you to a monthly payment until you read this. Too many people have no clue about the complexity of finances and plunge into decisions they regret. We wouldn't have the meltdown of the past several years if people followed the plain, easy to read counsel from a guy who does this stuff for a living. Sending a son or daughter on a mission? There's a chapter on that. Thinking of having a second parent leave the home for a job? There's chapter on that - and it's eye opening on the true reality of the diminished benefits. Planning on a mission after retirement? There's a chapter on that too, with an easy to follow plan to position yourself financially to be ready to serve. This book is accessible, not overwhelming, and has some interesting charts and graphs, some quotes from Brigham Young, a little bit of freakinomics, and some sage advice on wealth, service, and proper motives. I liked it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book April 2, 2012
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The best compliment of this book is that I would recommend it to others. The next best compliment is that I trust the content and will follow it. Devin Thorpe opened my eyes to new financial possibilities gave me knowledge to allow me to recommit myself to following principles of financial prosperity. The actions items contained at the end of each chapter challenge invite the reader to improve and learn the principles for themselves. If you need help in any areas of your financial life this book is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Financial Planning Resource March 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Devin Thorpe's book is a refreshing and practical guide to achieving
financial goals - not just small goals, but the very big goals of having
sufficient money for college educations, missions, and major life
purchases. These ideas and models for living are far beyond the typical family
budget and general lifestyle "how-to" resources--drawing on his
experience as an investor and as CFO for major corporations, Devin's book
teaches readers how to achieve major savings -- tens of thousands of
dollars or more -- by making smart decisions with the largest purchases of
their lives, such as businesses, houses and cars. Devin's book is written
for LDS families, but would be fitting for any reader with a high priority
on family values. I recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Financial Planning Guide February 13, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Building Wealth for Building the Kingdom: A Financial Planning Guide for Latter-day Saint Families" and highly recommend it to all my friends and family. It a good piece of scholarship with sound advice for any family who wants to live in control of their finances. A job well done Devin.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Financial literate NOW February 1, 2012
By cse
Format:Kindle Edition
I just love reading new books on ways to secure financial freedom. What an interesting twist to add freedom of self reliance and accumulating wealth while "rendering service to others, to prepare yourself to live the law of consecration."
In this modern day when expecting government or church assistance seems like an entitlement to many, Mr. Thorpe suggests that whether we are blue collar workers or white collar professionals that we can manage our finances to become responsible in both practical and spiritual financial goals. This is a recommended read for those who need help financially, with a little bit of spiritual guidance along the way. Always good for a refreshing finance course!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Financial Planning challenges for us all February 1, 2012
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Mr. Thorpe writes a very revealing book for the modern LDS family, as well as other families from other religions dealing with similar issues: how to save for missions, education, retirement, and how to contribute philathropically. But he doesn't forget to remind us that "Your eternal lifestyle will be determined by how you spent your time and money, not by how much money you accumulate."
He reminds us of the importance of education, saving for the right reasons, and putting family first all with in the framework of building wealth. The framework of the book is such that individuals that are not finance professionals can still understand and gleem important knowledge for their immediate future. Definitely a conversation for many evenings with your family and friends. It's worth reading, pondering, and reading again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed... January 25, 2012
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I loved this book! Thoughtful, insightful, and to the point, it was just what I needed to get me on track! It gave me a lot to think about and ways to implement what I learned. Highly recommend!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The tables in the book were great. I highly recommend it
The book was very helpful and with clear explanations. The tables in the book were great. I highly recommend it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Squire Hepworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Mostly basic information. Well organized and great for someone looking to put together a sound plan. Geared towards LDS but anyone could benefit.
Published 1 month ago by Derrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
Good reading and very informative.
Published 1 month ago by Lamont
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very basic, yet complete guide. This will help my wife and me immensely. Great worksheets to help along the way.
Published 4 months ago by Emily Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Building Wealth for Building the Kingdom (on line)
It is well written and speaks to the truth of going back to taking responsibility for our own financial well being while focusing on the Kingdom.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars informative and useful book
I love the book, it is easy to understand, good insight and straight forward. The most important is that the information is very realistic and practical to me. I recommend it!
Published 8 months ago by KenSmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for basic understanding of financial concepts
Great basic concepts for financial planning, especially from an LDS/Christian perspective. Touches on all important ideas and gives simple ways to accomplish them.
Published 9 months ago by Glenn White
5.0 out of 5 stars Building Wealth
I am in agreement with the financial concepts taught by the author. Living a good life and being a member of a loving family is more important than a large balance sheet. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Julianne Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy I found this tool
I think if we utilize this book on our loves we will reach our goal of debt free. This and gods blessings
Published 10 months ago by Jody Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight!
I give this book 5 stars as it is an answer to a prayer. I one day hope to serve a mission. This book provides a great outline of things that I should do to prepare for the future.
Published 10 months ago by dfam
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More About the Author

Popular guest speaker and author Devin D. Thorpe is a Forbes Contributor who covers social entrepreneurship, impact investing, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. He brings a broad perspective to financial planning, having owned and operated an investment-banking firm, which included an investment advisory business, a mortgage brokerage and having served in a variety of corporate finance positions.

Devin launched his writing career while serving as a business professor at South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China on behalf of Brigham Young University's Kennedy Center China Teachers program. Previously, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the multinational company MonaVie, listed in Inc. Magazine's 2009 Inc. 500 as the 18th fastest growing company in America and, at $834 million in revenue, the third largest company on the list. Prior experience includes two years working on the staff of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee during Utah Senator Jake Garn's tenure. He also served briefly in Utah State Government, working at USTAR under Governor Jon Huntsman.

He earned an MBA with focus in Finance and Accounting from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management. He completed his undergraduate degree in finance at the University of Utah, where he later worked as an adjunct professor of finance. In 2006, Devin was recognized by the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah as a Distinguished Alum.

Devin ran his first marathon in 2011, finishing in 4:35.

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