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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

Becoming A H.O.L.Y. Missionary Now

Taught by David Christensen


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 4 p.m. Smith 240
David Christensen

David Christensen


David A. Christensen was born and raised in Farmington, New Mexico. He graduated from BYU with B.S. and M.S. degrees.

Christensen served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a young man in Mexico City, Mexico. Upon his return, he married his childhood sweetheart in the Salt Lake City Temple. He has six daughters, two sons, and currently has 21 grandchildren.

He based his career around serving and teaching students. Christensen taught in Seminaries and Institutes, and was a faculty member in the Department of Religious Education at BYU-Idaho.

Christensen has served in various Church leadership positions including bishop, stake president, president of the Chile Santiago North Mission and Guatemala MTC president.

Currently, he is serving as CEO for the non-profit organization “One Life at a Time.”

Class Outline

H.O.L.Y. is an acronym for happy, obedient, loving, and yielding.  We will treat the subject of missionary preparation with a focus on Elder David A. Bednar's counsel to youth:

My earnest hope for each of that you will not simply go on a mission—but that you will become missionaries long before you submit your mission papers, long before you receive a call to serve, long before you are set apart by your stake president, and long before you enter the MTC....The challenge to become applies precisely and perfectly to missionary preparation. Obviously, the process of becoming a missionary does not require a young man to wear a white shirt and tie to school every day or to follow the missionary guidelines for going to bed and getting up....But you can increase in your desire to serve...and you can begin to think as missionaries think, to read what missionaries read, to pray as missionaries pray, and to feel what missionaries feel. You can avoid the worldly influences that cause the Holy Ghost to withdraw, and you can grow in confidence in recognizing and responding to spiritual promptings. Line upon line and precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, you can gradually become the missionary you hope to be and the missionary the Savior expects. (Ensign, "Becoming a Missionary," November 2005)