The Value of Values
We're on the brink of a new decade, and we want to thank you, readers, for following and supporting the Gospel Blog. Next year, we'll celebrate our ninth anniversary, and we are so thankful that God has sustained this effort, using many of you to make it a success.
January on the blog is going to be exciting.
Brother Jerry's Book of Mormon series will continue to appear each Wednesday. Fridays will be devoted to Sister Alena Ricci's popular series on women of the Bible. As for the rest of the days, we're bringing back the 2013 series that we did on The Church's values.
Throughout the month, you'll see 13 separate articles devoted to sharing each of The Church's 13 values, their definitions and applications. You'll see articles written by elders and members of all ages and walks of life, drawing on a multitude of perspectives.
Why do The Church's values matter? Here are a few excerpts from the kickoff article to the original series that helps put the values into perspective.
Did you know that all of our behaviors are a result of our personal value system?
That’s right, we have these deep-seated beliefs (or values) that determine what we do in every facet of our lives, from work to recreation to worship. By definition, values are mental constructs about the worth or importance of people, concepts, activities, or things. They provide us with a deep sense of meaning and purpose in our daily lives as expressed through our thoughts, emotions, and actions.
Values are derived from our beliefs and assumptions about the world. For most people, values are unconscious motivators. However, a key characteristic of people who live fulfilled lives is that their values are conscious motivators. In other words, these people know what their values are and why they are important to them.
When an organization develops a set of values, the hope is that the members aspire to those values in an effort to generate the behavior that the organization wants to be known for and to be successful in meeting its vision, mission, and fulfilling its purpose.
The fundamental teachings of Jesus show us that our church must demonstrate His values if we are to be the living example of Him to the world.
It’s our prayer that you find these values in complete congruence with the words of our Master and make them your values as well. If you do, your mind will be transformed to the mind of Christ and we will certainly change the world.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” Romans 12:2.
See you in January! May you have a blessed New Year!
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.