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Daily Bread Seminars

Gene Van Shaar

Apr 10, 2023


In connection with a service mission, we conducted some employment seminars referencing the following information. 

Employment Resource Links

Assessment-Deciding What You Want


Indeed Jobs

Muse Jobs and Training


Jooble Job Search


Linkedin - Social Network Job Connections

Indeed Remote Home Based Search


Zip Part-Time Remote Search

Simplyhired Job Search

YES-Your Employment Solutions

Life Help: Employment


*** Employment Resource Center

Active Job Search Zoom Meetings

Church Employment Opportunities

Deseret Industries Jobs and Training

BYU Jobs and Top 50


Quick Jobs - Quick Pay

Nestle's in Springville is Hiring

Call or email HR:

Texas Roadhouse ($25+ per hr)

Muse Resume Info


Indeed Resume Info


Me In 30 Seconds

Muse Cover Letter Info


Muse Interview Help


Josh Works Smart Video


Concise Training (computers etc.) 

Starting Your Own Business - Indeed


Starting Your Own Business - Muse


Digital Inclusion-Free Computer and Training

United Way 211-Help


Free Phones!/newHome

Help for Felons

Scholarship Info Links

The Parable of Productive Work

During his ministry, Jesus taught the Parable of the Talents. Notice that he introduced the parable by telling us that it explains the heavenly way of doing things:


“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.


"After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.


"Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord…I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant…Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (KJV Matthew 25:14–30).


Some biblical scholars consider the New Testament “talent” to be the monetary equivalent of sixteen years labor; a huge sum. Someone with a welfare state mentality might expect the parable to end with Jesus taking from the one who ended up with ten talents and giving to the one who ended up with just one, or maybe splitting the talents equally between the three, or otherwise spreading the wealth around. But no, shockingly Jesus teaches that the Lord takes from the one who has the least and gives it to the one who has the most, and sends the non-productive one into outer darkness. Why? Clearly, part of the answer is that Lord requires productivity. One wise man explained it this way: “The non-producer must live on the products of those who labor. There is no other way.” (BY JD 19:45).


Probably no one is more productive than a fully engaged mother.


"Everything connected with building up Zion requires actual, severe labor. It is nonsense to talk about building up any kingdom except by labor; it requires the labor of every part of our organization, whether it be mental, physical, or spiritual, and that is the only way to build up the kingdom of God. Hence, what I have been laying before you is directly pertaining to the building up of that kingdom." (TPC BY, 226; DBY, 291; BYA, 08 October 1855; JD, 3:115–123; DNW, 5:297, SLC Bowery)


"When we have streets paved with gold, we will have placed it there ourselves. When we enjoy a Zion in its beauty and glory, it will be when we have built it. If we enjoy the Zion that we now anticipate, it will be after we redeem and prepare it. If we live in the city of the New Jerusalem, it will be because we lay the foundation and build it. If we do not as individuals complete that work, we shall lay the foundation for our children and our children’s children, as Adam has. If we are to be saved in an ark, as Noah and his family were, it will be because we build it. If the Gospel is preached to the nations, it is because the Elders of Israel…preach the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth." (TPC BY, 226; DBY, 291; BYA, 03 March 1861; JD, 8:351–359; DNW, 11:41, SLC Tabernacle)


"You count me out fifty, a hundred, five hundred, or a thousand of the poorest men and women you can find in this community; with the means that I have in my possession, I will take these ten, fifty, hundred, five hundred, or a thousand people, and put them to labor; but only enough to benefit their health and to make their food and sleep sweet unto them, and in ten years I will make that community wealthy. In ten years I will put six, a hundred, or a thousand individuals, whom we have to support now by donations, in a position not only to support themselves, but they shall be wealthy, shall ride in their carriages, have fine houses to live in, orchards to go to, flocks and herds and everything to make them comfortable." (DBY, 291; BYA, 09 April 1871; JD, 14:78–91; DNW, 20:125, SLC Tabernacle)


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Gene Van Shaar has spent a lifetime studying and teaching a wide range of religious and secular topics. He is a master teacher whose lessons and stories have generated both laughter and tears. As a defender of freedom, he has fostered independence by encouraging students and readers to embrace correct principles and resist coercion. Like Thomas Jefferson, he has "sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Many of his books and articles are available on the Gene Van Shaar Substack