What to do when you lose your job, and how to find the direction you seek.
- 1. What do I do when I dont know what to do?*
Presentation by Elder David B. Goates
Professional Placement Program
May 17, 2010
*p.s.you know more than you think you do
2. Im unemployed. . . Why, why, why?
Change the question, its not your fault
Its not because you are unworthy (well, OK, you are we all are)
Its not because you lack talents and skills (youve got em)
Its not because the universe has singled you out (youre dust)
Its not because Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama or the Congress screwed things up (OK, maybe they did)
Its not because bankers on Wall Street were greedy (they were)
Its not because God is punishing his children
Its not because the end of the world is near
It happened because the dam broke
President Boyd K. Packer
3. My personal journey. . .
I had a front row seat to the worldwide economic meltdown in 2008 2009, but now its 2010!
The past is history. . .
The future, a mystery. . .
Today is a gift. . .
Thats why its called THE PRESENT!
This may be YOUR Winter Quarters. . .
You can remain behind mourning. . .
Or, you can bury the past and move on toward Zion
Once you decide to move on, the journey becomes possible
4. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
As a new year begins and we try to benefit from a proper view of what has gone before, I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. . . remember that faith is always pointed toward the future. Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives.(Ensign, January 2010, 22-27).
5. Abrahamic tests. . .
Everyone who achieves exaltation must successfully pass through an Abrahamictest
"You will have all kinds of trials to pass through.And it is quite as necessary for you to be tried as it was for Abraham and other men of God. . . . God will feel after you, and he will take hold of you and wrench your very heart strings, and if you cannot stand it you will not be fit for an inheritance in the Celestial Kingdom of God. Joseph Smith to the Twelve
Abraham needed to learn something about Abraham."
6. It was time to re-invent myself
Dont continue looking for the job you lost
Thats why its called the lost job
Take the Professional Career Workshop
Assess your strengths, skills, be introspective
Learn how to search the unadvertised job market
Network using every means available to you SOCIAL MEDIA
Your found job will probably come to you through someone you know in your network grow your network
OPEN YOUR MOUTH!!
7. Talk to your wife and children
Remember, they are looking to you for faith
Do not be fearful
Be positive about the future, were building ZION!
Laugh at yourself, invite others to mock your stupidity
Do something every day youve never done before
(YOURE FREENOW its liberating!)
Get out of your comfort zones, whatever they are
Repent if you need to (you need to)
Attend the temple
8. Write in a journal
The two most important books in your life are the one you are reading and the one you are writing.-- Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
What is my new purpose?
Is God in the details?
How do I record promptings?
Your web presence brand yourself
The Goates Notes was born where religion and
politics are not taboo topics. . .
Find your voice, then use it!
9. Go to the temple
There is a power that comes from going once a week
Answers not usually a blinding flash of light
The Holy Ghost, a still, small voice
Practice listening skills
Act upon the promptings
As you do things that are hard, you will receive more
If you dont seek God in your search, it will be longer
10. The spirit of peace
D&C 11:13-14 I will impart unto you of my Spirit which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy; and then shall you know all things whatsoever you desire of me, which are pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive.
Adam and Eve didnt get Social Security cards
Looking back, I was being gently nudged away
It was not so obvious looking ahead
Take the next step into the dark, then the light
will appear faith is not knowing beforehand
I just wanted to see if you would do what I asked
11. Involve your priesthood leaders
There is a reason why Heavenly Father has called and sent us authorized priesthood leaders
They will provide safety and guidance
They will give priesthood blessings whenever you ask
They will speak to you as though they are Heavenly Father
Even if you think youre smarter than they are, you need the inspiration of heaven to assist you
Never doubt that God loves you enough to inspire them
12. My thoughts and my ways are higher
Root word of chastening?
CHASTE, or pure, or holy, or righteous, or sanctified
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, and
Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
But how can a good gift be so painful?
Why is he chastening me?
Gold was never refined in an air-conditioned chamber
13. President Harold B. Lee
That condition in life which gives the greatest experience and opportunity for development is the one to be most desired and any one so privileged is most favored of God. It has been said that "a smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude of the voyager. The mariners of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security."
In 1945, THBL, 23
14. President Spencer W. Kimball
Quoting President Marion G. Romney:In this modern world plagued with counterfeits for the Lords plan, we must not be misled into supposing that we can discharge our obligations to the poor and the needy by shifting the responsibility to some governmental or other public agency. Only by voluntarily giving out of an abundant love for our neighbors can we develop that charity characterized by Mormon as the pure love of Christ. (Moroni 7:47). This we must develop if we would obtain eternal life. (Conference Report, Oct. 1972, p. 115.)
No ism should confuse our thinking in these matters. As a reminder of Church policy regarding individuals receiving government or other forms of charity, may I emphasize the following declaration of principle:
The responsibility for each members spiritual, social, emotional, physical, or economic well-being rests first upon himself, second, upon his family, and third, upon the Church. Members of the Church are commanded by the Lord to be self-reliant and independent to the extent of their ability. (See D&C 78:13-14.) Becoming the Pure in Heart, Ensign, May 1978, 79
15. Compare and contrast. . .
President Barack Obama
President Thomas S. Monson
16. Or. . . Zion?
President Barack Obama
President Thomas S. Monson
I think that one of the things that we all agree to is that the touchstone for economic policy is, does it allow the average American to find good employment and see their incomes rise; that we cant just look at things in the aggregate, we do want to grow the pie, but we want to make sure that prosperity is spread across the spectrum of regions and occupations and genders and races; and that economic policy should focus on growing the pie, but it also has to make sure that everybody has got opportunity in that system.
New York Times, April 28, 2009
I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish and in effect save their lives.
Ensign, November 2009, 85
WE KNOW HOW THIS ALL ENDS
17. ZION Gods Design for the Future
Location:Independence, Jackson County, Missouri
Date:Sunday,August 1, 1831
Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.
For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.
Behold, verily I say unto you, for this cause I have sent you that you might be obedient, and that your hearts might be prepared to bear testimony of the things which are to come;
And also that you might be honored in laying the foundation, and in bearing record of the land upon which the Zion of God shall stand;
And after that cometh the day of my power; then shall the poor, the lame, and the blind, and the deaf, come in unto the marriage of the Lamb, and partake of the supper of the Lord, prepared for the great day to come.
Behold, I, the Lord, have spoken it. (D&C 58:3-12)
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