Loren Spendlove served as a young missionary in Brazil, then found himself speaking Portuguese again as a missionary couple with his wife Tina—this time in Mozambique. They later returned to Mozambique as mission leaders. Loren and Tina served as missionaries again in Brazil and as Kennedy Center teachers in Guangzhou, China, and Loren served as a branch president in Bethlehem, Palestine.
Loren has an MA in Jewish Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a PhD in Education, an MBA, and is a Certified Management Accountant and Certified in Financial Management. He has worked in corporate financial management, as a teacher in accounting and finance, and operated his own business for 20 years.
02:00 Introduction to the topic of the podcast and Loren Spendlove
03:50 Loren Spendlove, an atypical mission president and person
06:30 The unusual story of getting called as mission president to Mozambique
22:00 Loren’s first experience being a mission president with not having much leadership experience. He had to be ordained a High Priest.
26:40 Loren talks about serving in the church as a divorcee
28:20 We have a hard time differentiating culture from gospel. We want to impose our ideas onto other individuals.
31:30 The first step is to discover your culture and see how it impacts your view of the gospel
34:20 Orthodoxy keeps us all in line but there is also room to innovate. Depending on the culture and area we might need to change some things.
43:15 Principles vs rules. What works for the area that you are in?
46:40 One thing that Loren taught his missionaries was that their true obedience was to the Spirit of God and not to the written word. The Spirit always trumps the written word.
50:00 Differentiate between questioning and doubting. Question everything and doubt nothing. Questioning is not knowing and trying to discover and research. Doubting always starts as negative and normally ends negative too.
57:00 As mission president, Loren decided it would be more beneficial to de-emphasize baptisms and stop reporting them to the missionaries. They started reporting sacrament meeting attendance because that’s what they really wanted to focus on.
1:00:00 “Instead of being a forceful mission president, I decided that I was going to be a gospel teacher.”
1:01:15 The purpose of the zone conferences was to become a better follower of Jesus Christ. Becoming a better missionary will be an automatic result of becoming a better follower of Christ. Loren focused on the doctrine as a mission president.
1:05:30 Doctrine isn’t invented but it’s still being discovered. The restoration is still ongoing.
1:08:10 How can we study the gospel better?
1:12:00 Times where Loren felt the Spirit the strongest
1:16:00 Loren’s final thoughts and testimony on being a follower and leader of Jesus Christ
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