the power of everyday missionaries

Clayton M. Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and author of eight critically acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution, and How Will You Measure Your Life? has been my role model this summer as I have served as a “ward missionary” in the Geneva, Illinois ward and tried to be more vocal about what exactly Mormons believe.

He has received numerous awards for his research and writing. Well known for his work on innovation, he was named the world’s most influential business thinker in 2011 by Thinkers50. Brother Christensen has served as an Area Seventy, bishop, counselor to three mission presidents, and in many other Church callings. He and his wife, Christine, live in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Reading “The Power of Everyday Missionaries” motivated me to incorporate gospel aspects in every day activity and conversations.  He explains how we are to simply invite others to hear more about what the restored gospel of Jesus Christ has to offer.

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“Uncomfortable.” “Intimidating.” That’s how many people describe member missionary work. Clayton Christensen admits that he and his wife, Christine, felt that way in the past too. But they also recognized the tremendous blessings associated with the work, and they wanted to learn how to share the gospel in ways that would be natural and rewarding.

Clayton’s expertise as an innovator kicked in, and he set out with friends and family members to find a more effective approach to member missionary work. Their refreshing perspectives are presented in this book, which includes inspiring, unusual stories that demonstrate the effectiveness of the ideas. Chances are, you’ll discover you’re already doing a lot of the things mentioned, and with just a little tweak here and there, you’ll be sharing the gospel naturally as part of your everyday interactions. Along the way, you’ll feel the deep joy that comes from helping others discover the most precious blessing in the world: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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