How to solve the “unemployment” problem

As I mentioned yesterday (here), on Friday I lost my job.  It’s kind of a tough time for that to happen, I’ve heard the economy isn’t doing so well ;-) .  I also know that in terms of finding employment, the holiday season is one of the tougher times of year to be in the job market (especially a saturated one).

But, I’m not worried.  I’ve learned that there’s one single overarching secret to solving this dilemma.  Obedience.

Mosiah 2: 22

22 And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.

2 Ne. 1: 20, 31

20 And he hath said that: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land…

31 Wherefore, because thou hast been faithful thy seed shall be blessed with his seed, that they dwell in prosperity long upon the face of this land; and nothing, save it shall be iniquity among them, shall harm or disturb their prosperity upon the face of this land forever.

Alma 48: 15, 25

15 And this was their faith, that by so doing God would prosper them in the land, or in other words, if they were faithful in keeping the commandments of God that he would prosper them in the land;

25 …for the promise of the Lord was, if they should keep his commandments they should prosper in the land.

Alma 36: 1, 30

1 My son, give ear to my words; for I swear unto you, that inasmuch as ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall prosper in the land.

30 But behold, my son, this is not all; for ye ought to know as I do know, that inasmuch as ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall prosper in the land; and ye ought to know also, that inasmuch as ye will not keep the commandments of God ye shall be cut off from his presence. Now this is according to his word.

Alma 50: 20

20 Blessed art thou and thy children; and they shall be blessed, inasmuch as they shall keep my commandments they shall prosper in the land. But remember, inasmuch as they will not keep my commandments they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.

There are numerous other scriptures that reinforce this simple truth, that obedience brings blessings.

D&C 130: 20

20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated-

21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

So while I’m certainly anxious to start making money again, I’m by no means worried.  For either I believe the scriptures, or I don’t.  They’re either true or they aren’t.  Personally, I believe they are, and that belief isn’t conditional upon my immediate, changing circumstances.

So while it seems ambiguous and even disconnected, I firmly believe (to all those who may be in a similar predicament), that the single thing we can do to most positively impact your financial situation is to clean up your life, repent of past wrongs, change where necessary, look to God, and walk that blessed road of obedience.

Such is my plan, to proceed in faith, working (nothing good happens without work), and praying, and following the spirit.

It’s an exciting time, and all doors are open.


8 replies
  1. Persimmon
    Persimmon says:

    I was similarly impressed by some material in Abraham this afternoon. Particularly chapters four and five, which deal with the creation. The more part of them is focused on the creation of man and woman. But among all of these things is a repeated phrase, and that is that once the gods undertook the action of creation, they paused to observe the obedience of their creations at each step.

    Now presumably, they being gods and all, they had the creation “right”. They didn’t mess it up. And yet they patiently observed, inspecting that which they had created for obedience. It shows the care they had along the way toward the crowning creation of man and woman. From such, we can determine that patient observation for obedience is a god-like quality – they didn’t do it for themselves (being perfect and all), and they didn’t foul up the creation, so it must have been done because that is what gods do. For lack of a better phraseology, anyway.

    Relating this to yourself, take care as you “create” your new source of income. Do all of the things you’ve already listed toward being obedient, but also take time to patiently observe and take inventory of the direction you are headed. Whether you want to land a new job or start a new business, taking time to see if you are on track toward your new “creation” doing what you wish is a good quality to practice at. Also helps to “take counsel” as they did, to lay out the plan ahead of time.

  2. Rusty Lindquist
    Rusty Lindquist says:

    That’s fantastic, well inspired advice. I’ll take it. By the way, I love your comments, you’ve got a terrific command of language, create a wonderful (and “followable”) flow of reasoning, and always have such profound thoughts. Thank you so much for your contributions and advice.

  3. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    This is great advice no matter what challenges we face. I’ll take it to heart on some of my own. So glad I found this blog!

  4. Persimmon
    Persimmon says:

    Thanks for the kind words. Somehow I’ve developed a unique way about me…you aren’t by far the first to observe it. Nothing I set out to cultivate, as I’m just a dumb Okie. Probably my dad rubbing off on me. He’s a fairly well known physics professor…at least as well known as one can be in that station.

    If you need me to drive down to OKC and knock some heads in retaliation at the central office, I can do that for you. Short drive for me. :D

  5. Jason
    Jason says:

    Rusty- You are an inspiration to me. If you ever wonder if the work you put into this and other websites you have created was worth it, please know, if it were just for the inspiration you have given me, it was all worth it. Life is busy, but I have made a mental note to come thank you personally in the next life when hopefully I will have that chance.

  6. Rusty Lindquist
    Rusty Lindquist says:


    I’m so glad you’ve been inspired, and I truly appreciate you taking the time to tell me. We all like to know we’re making a difference, and I’m grateful to hear when I do. Thanks, and please come by often, and share the site with others.


  7. Allyson
    Allyson says:

    Thanks for the story “Do you want a donut? a lesson on the Atonement”. I will use it in my lesson on Sunday. I was browsing through your other messages and came upon this on. Have you found a job yet? Just curious. My husband has been looking for a job for three years now. I feel he has been doing a good job keeping the commandments and all. His spirituality has really blossomed, but still no job. Hmmmm…


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