Kevin Asher is the bishop of a young single adult ward in Far West, Missouri, and has previously served in an elders quorum presidency, Young Men presidency, as a ward mission leader, and as a counselor in a YSA bishopric. He holds a degree in Psychology from Menlo College, studied to be a Catholic priest in the Capuchin Franciscan Order, and has has traveled to numerous countries exploring culinary traditions and cultures. He and his wife own a business—The Asher Family Table—cultivating connection through food and experiences. Kevin won the Silos Baking Competition Holiday Cookie Episode in 2022.
02:40 Introduction to Kevin, the YSA Bishop and chef
07:40 Getting called as a YSA bishop. He refers to himself as Jesus Christ’s nurse. Christ is the true physician.
13:30 The Savior is the perfect example of leadership. Being a servant leader. “To be a good leader is to be an even better servant.”
17:20 How do you offer servant leadership? Remember that it’s not about you, it’s about them. It’s their journey.
19:40 Kevin shares a personal story on helping someone come to Christ. Questions to ask yourself when trying to help someone:
- What key can I be for this individual?
- What is binding them up or constricting them?
How can I be a key for them to unlock that lock to feel the Savior more?
24:00 Stop talking at people. Stop going in as a fixer. That’s not your job. What questions can we ask people to figure out where people are at?
27:20 Discovering God is at the root of all questions
28:20 Be careful with why questions because they invite the adversary. Ask questions with a sincere heart.
29:30 Compassion is sitting down with any person from any background and seeing them as a child of God. Even within our faith we all have different views and perspectives and we have to show compassion.
33:10 From Catholic to LDS Bishop. Kevin shares some of his spiritual journey.
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