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Efficiency: "The thing that thou doest is not good." (Exodus 18:17)

As I re-read Elder Eyring's April 2017 general conference talk I came across this little gem.  
". . . the Lord’s work is not just to solve problems; it is to build people. So as you walk with Him in priesthood service, you may find that sometimes what seems like the most efficient solution is not the Lord’s preferred solution because it does not allow people to grow." (Henry B. Eyring, "Walk with Me", April 2017 LDS General Conference) 
This statement reminded me of a quote by Stephen R. Covey that I heard a long time ago.  He said.  
“You think effectiveness with people and efficiency with things.” — Stephen R. Covey
Remember the story in Exodus 18:12-26.  Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, gives Moses some wise council on effective leadership.  The problem was that Moses was spending his entire day sitting as the judge of the people.  Jethro pointed out to him that "The thing that thou doest is not good." (Exodus 18:17).  Jethro then reminded Mos…

I Was Called, But I Would Not Hear (Alma 10:6)

Many people can relate to Amulek, one of the lesser known people in the Book of Mormon.  After Amulek joined Alma in preaching the gospel to the people of Ammonihah he shared his conversion story with the people and made this profound statement. 
"...for I was called many times and I would not hear; therefore I knew concerning these things, yet I would not know; therefore I went on rebelling against God, in the wickedness of my heart," (Alma 10:6)
When I read the portion of this verse that stated "I would not hear", I immediately thought of a similar scripture in Matthew 11:15
15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Matthew 11:15)
This commandment to "Let him hear" is interesting in light of the discussion in the 121st section of the Doctrine and Covenants starting in verse 34.  
Many are called but few are chosen.   Why?  Because of their hearts.   What's wrong with their hearts? They are set on the things of this world and they aspire to the h…