Looking over the classes that were taught during this last Education Week at BYU I see that l the “gospel mingled with the business philosophies of men” movement is still present. I have always felt like something is not very gospel about this group, like it supplants the gospel with something else. It may well primarily be that they are mingling the scriptures with the business philosophies of men. I think this group got its first big push from “the Seven habits of highly effective people”, Franklin planners, the surrounding ideas.
I just think there is something missing from these groups. It is the gospel minus the spirituality part. Not that some individuals who participate wholeheartedly aren’t truly good men. My mission president was among them, though his personal goodness seemed to overcome the false tenants of this group, rather than being enhanced by them. Sure, it made him efficient. But was Christ defined by his efficiency?
I think President Uchtdorf’s statement describes part of why this group seems to offers a gospel that is vastly less than what the scriptures have to offer:
“Isn’t it true that we often get so busy? And, sad to say, we even wear our busyness as a badge of honor, as though being busy, by itself, was an accomplishment or sign of a superior life.
I think of our Lord and Exemplar, Jesus Christ, and His short life among the people of Galilee and Jerusalem. I have tried to imagine Him bustling between meetings or multitasking to get a list of urgent things accomplished.
I can’t see it.
Instead I see the compassionate and caring Son of God purposefully living each day. When He interacted with those around Him, they felt important and loved. He knew the infinite value of the people He met. He blessed them, ministered to them. He lifted them up, healed them. He gave them the precious gift of His time.”