A quick reference booklet to understanding and navigating the organization of the fourth largest Christian denomination in the U.S.
This is not a self-improvement book, but it is a guidebook for new members to help them understand and navigate the culture and organization of the fourth largest Christian denomination in the U.S.: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the LDS Church, or the Mormon Church.
This is a prototype that has already been written and designed, but with the $2,000 we will print 1,000 color guidebooks and distribute them to Missions throughout the U.S. If we raise $4,000 we will print and distribute TWICE as many guidebooks. Anything beyond $4,000 will be used to print the Spanish version of this guidebook (see "Future Projects" down below). Any and all monies collected will be used for printing and mailing costs. The more money we collect, the more guidebooks we'll print and ship. It's that simple.
With your help, I know I can do this. I have already done this sort of thing before. Back in 2004, I created the Daily Dose English Program for the LDS Church. It's a missionary tool that was later approved by Correlation and is now being used by the Church in over 30 countries. It took five years to get it approved but it was worth it. I have been working on this particular Guidebook for 2 1/2 years, so I think we're half-way there. My ultimate goal is just to give it to the Church when they are ready to use it.
My parents joined the LDS Church in Argentina when I was 7 years old, but I still consider myself a convert. A couple of years ago I was reading in Preach My Gospel and my heart was touched by the letter quoted on page 214. Here Gordon B. Hinckley points out how difficult it is for new members to understand the culture of the LDS Church.
One sister writes: "When we as investigators become members of the Church, we are surprised to discover that we have entered a completely foreign world, a world that has its own traditions, culture, and language. We discover that there is no one person or no one place of reference that we can turn to for guidance..." (Preach My Gospel, page 214).
After reading this quote, I thought: Why don't we have a "one place of reference?" So, I decided to write a pocket reference booklet, the same size as For the Strength of Youth, that provides a road map to the various meetings, activities, and auxilliary organizations of the Church. In less than 40 small pages, this Guidebook helps new members understand how a typical ward or branch is organized.
Sections of the book include: Primary, Young Men, Young Women, Relief Society, Melchizedek Priesthood, Sunday School, Temples and Family History, Living the Gospel at Home, Ward Meetings, Stake Meetings, and General Conference. It also includes at-a-glance: The Articles of Faith, The Testimony of the Apostles, and The Family: A Proclamation to the World.
The writing portion of this project has been completed. Approximately 200 hours have already been donated in research, writing, and graphic design. We are raising this MONEY TO PRINT 1,000 color copies of this book and distribute them to selected English-speaking missions throughout the U.S. The Missionary Department in Salt Lake City already has a prototype of this booklet and is evaluating it for future use. In the meantime, I want to gather feedback from the mission field as to how new members and less-active members are benefiting from the information contained in this booklet.
The ultimate goal is for the LDS Church to adopt this guidebook in its missionary efforts throughout the world. I have no other motive or plans but to turn it over to the Church when they are ready to use it.
If you know a mission president, stake president, or bishop who might be interested in evaluating a copy of this Guidebook, send me a message or email me: email@example.com.
As soon as the printing of this booklet is complete, we will start working on a SPANISH EDITION. In a similar fashion, we plan to print 1,000 copies and distribute them to Spanish-speaking missions throughout the world. Later, we will work on PORTUGUESE and do the same thing. By that time, we might be ready to tackle the BIG ONE: MANDARIN CHINESE! Why not? We might as well be prepared for when the doors are opened.
This is your chance to be part of something NEW and EXCITING!
Thank you for your love and support!
Feedback on one of my previous projects:
(Daily Dose English Program)
From Pres. and Sister Nelson (NY NY South Mission President):
"In our mission, Daily Dose has played a key role in helping to gather new investigators, which has resulted in increased baptisms. Through inspiration, this program has been made available to all -- missionaries, bishops, stake presidents, etc. Its effectiveness is widespread."
President and Sister Nelson, NY NYSouth Mission
March 14, 2012
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