Four years ago Mike was called as a bishop of our LDS ward (congregation). Weeks before he was called, we both started receiving inspiration from heaven about issuing a bishop's challenge.
The ideas came to us separately. It wasn't my calling, but at the time I was serving as president of our Relief Society (women's group), which also allowed me to receive guidance of how to help the families in the ward.
I have the sweetest memories of our 5:30 AM jogs together, under the fall stars, marveling that God had given us the same ideas. It was a sweet and sacred experience.
Soon Mike issued the challenge God had given to His sons and daughters in our neighborhood. People started making big and little changes, especially about media choices. It was fun to hear their stories.
Recently Mike issued this updated version of his bishop's challenge.
I had a feeling this morning that I should post it.
And I invite you to take the challenge too!
1. Come unto Christ
- Personal & family prayers & scriptures daily
- Follow God’s standards of media
- Stay away from anything vulgar, immoral, violent, pornographic in any way, drives away the Spirit, not uplifting (For the Strength of Youth, p. 11)
- Limit the time spent on electronic media (For the Strength of Youth, p. 13)
2. Temple & family history
- Go to the temple a little more often, invite your teens to do baptisms regularly
- Do a little more to search for your ancestors and/or do indexing
- “I promise you will be protected against the intensifying influence of the adversary. As you participate in and love this holy work, you will be safeguarded in your youth and throughout your lives.” (Elder Bednar, Ensign, Oct. 2011)
3. Missionary work
- Reach out to neighbors in friendship
- Pray to know who & what to say, look for opportunities, then “open your mouth”