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How to live your life, like a Mormon
, June 17, 2012
Having grown up in the Mormon church including serving as a Mormon missionary, it's very easy for me to spot Mormon beliefs even if they're not stated as such. I was only a short way into this book before I started thinking the author has to be Mormon. My suspicions were confirmed when I read that he and his daughter had both been missionaries and that he also taught at BYU.
There's no doubt that he has some very practical advice. Putting your family ahead of your career, not making your life about the pursuit of money, living a life of morality and spirituality - these are all principles that will serve anyone well. And the examples he gave of different businesses succeeding or failing based on the decisions that they made, was very interesting.
My only real complaint with the book is that he uses it to push the Mormon lifestyle without actually saying that's what he's doing.
If he had just said at the outset "I'm a Mormon and what I'm telling you are fundamental principles of my religion", I wouldn't have a problem with it. Putting your family ahead of everything else, making your decisions from a spiritual center - these are fundamentals of the Mormon religion, and they're essentially what a large part of the book is about.
However, the part of the book I had the biggest problem with was near the end when he talks about not compromising on your beliefs "not even one time". He gave the example of being on a sports team and refusing to play a game because it happened to be on a Sunday, and he did not believe in playing sports on Sunday. He Used this as an example of holding true to his beliefs. He easily dismisses the negative impact to the rest of his team and the awkward position he put his coach in. What he should have been saying to himself is "if I know I can't play any games on Sundays then why am I signing up for this team". This struck me particularly hard because growing up as a teenager in the Mormon church, I had many friends who wanted to play on sports teams and they always complained how coaches were reluctant to put Mormons on their teams because they refuse to play on Sunday. All they could see is that they were holding true to their beliefs, they were never able to understand it from the coach's point of view, and what a handicap they would be to the team.
I do think the book has value and it's worth reading. Just keep in mind that the principles he espouses are coming more from his church than they are from him.