How to Create an Industrious People

The Book of Mormon records that when a group of people converted to God they began to be industrious. Why? What is the relationship?

And they began to be a very industrious people; yea, and they were friendly with the Nephites; therefore, they did open a correspondence with them, and the curse of God did no more follow them.—Alma 23:18

Responses from some friends:

I think the conversion encourages industry because we are taught to avoid idleness and to “be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness”. Thus, the increasing conversion to the gospel brings about an increasing motivation to become self-reliant, and do much good for other people.

I think the bottom line reason is this: “The Spirit of the Lord leads to excellence, and not to mediocrity.” (Pres. David O. McKay) Once we get the Spirit in our lives, it strongly encourages us toward excellence, which includes being more industrious. In high school, I was invited to join the NHS (National Honor Society). When I came to the induction meeting, I noticed that all but 2 of the current and new members were LDS, in a high school (in Arizona) with about 20% LDS. I wondered why, since statistically, that was very anomalous. I believe it is the same reason – LDS students were the hard-working students, because the Spirit was strong in their homes, and thus in their lives.

I agree with [the quote above]. In addition, when you eliminate the “bad” things from your life, you have a lot more time for the good things 😉

I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Families, children, Saints with the light of Christ in their countenance. It’s incredible. Once the gospel gets a foothold in a society, they become incredible citizens and workers. They operate with integrity and I think this leads to what you’re describing. In a way, it also happens to the best missionaries. You can often tell what kind of future life they’ll have, based on their missions 🙂