by David G. Woolley
Editor's Note: The Top of the Morning staff noted a recent post at the LDS Publisher's blog where a reader asked this question about how to become part of the LDS Speakers Circuit. Author David G. Woolley offers the following commentary. And be sure to check back soon for our featured post this week: Lehi's 600 Year Prophecy.
The Divine Speaker's Circuit Inc ©., Established April 6th, 1830.
Teaching. There are so many ways. Lectures. Classes. The most difficult of all? Example. The most typical? Speaking. Education isn't only an exercise in cultural preservation or job procurement. It’s divine. The subjects covered are wide ranging. Things in heaven. Things in the earth. Things under the earth. Things that will shortly come to pass. Things which are abroad. Things at home. Wars. The perplexities of men. Of countries and of kingdoms. Theory. Principle. Doctrine. (D&C 88: 77-79).
That's why God restored the The Divine Speakers Circuit© with the largest speaker pool on earth and more weekly engagements than any other circuit. General conference. General Relief Society meeting. General Priesthood meeting. Stake Conference. Ward Conference. Testimony meeting. Sacrament meeting. Relief Society lessons. Priesthood lessons. Sunday school. Family Home Evening. Sometimes you're the listener. Other times you're the featured speaker. No matter the venue, you're always involved in one important salvational objective: diligently teaching one another.
The professional speakers circuit is an alluring endeavor. Motivational seminars. Business conferences. Power lunches. Entertaining preaching for profit. Give a speech at BYU's Education Week and you have your reward. A moment in the spotlight. A few adoring fans. An increase in book sales. The Divine Speakers Circuit© is not nearly as glamorous a business operation. No large crowds. No devoted fans. No money. God's speaking gig was never intended to be attractive. Gospel speaking engagements offer little more than peace. Bear your testimony in Relief Society and your reward is eternal. A moment of solace in a turbulent world. A thankful neighbor. An increase measure of the spirit.
There are no eager BYU Education Week conference goers attending your Sunday school lessons. There are no appreciative Time Out For Women conference-circuit junkies listening to your testimony bearing the first Sunday of the month. There aren't many reviews written of your sacrament meeting talk. No press. No media. No advertisements. It’s just you, your family, your neighbors and the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. It’s a no-paying, low attendance, help-your-family, help-your-neighbor program. It’s also required for salvation (See D&C 68:25).
For no charge the Divine Speakers Circuit© offers well-pondered, spirit-guided sacrament meeting talks. Testimonies born of the spirit. Sunday school lessons grounded in the scriptures. Priesthood meetings evidencing personal experimentation with planting the seed of faith. Relief Society meetings that harvest the rewards of the atonement. And at no extra charge, you can have missionaries over for a power lunch of restoration proportions. The Divine Speaker's Circuit© is flourishing. Have you heard?
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