Father. Leader. Business Mentor. Father. Author. Motivational Speaker. Entrepreneur. Mormon.
Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has an idea of where you should be and where you should go. This is the type of environment that we live in and we tend to acquire mentors that shape our present situations and our future. Some of the these mentors are chosen consciously and most of them are chosen unconsciously. The circumstances that have surrounded you at this time are a direct proportion to the mentors you have surrounded yourself with and the actions you took with their advice. Not happy with the results in your life? Change your mentor(s)! What if their was someone who went into a forest and conquered a very frightening trail to help others pass more easily? What if there is someone who worked on their skills so much that they can teach you how to improve on yours. A relationship that I truly appreciate to this day is the friendship I have built with Chris Hughes. His mentorship has done wonders for my family and blessings continue to gracefully weave themselves in the fabric of our lives. I was honored to know that he was on board to forward my first book “25 Catholic, Mormon 26”. I have decided to share very sacred insights on the personality of Chris Hughes at the end of this entry to show you what type of person he is below the suit and tie. I left these moments at the end of this blog for a special reason.
Gamaliel: The Mentor of a Legend
Whenever I think about a mentor; I think about someone who lived 2000 years ago by the name of Gamaliel. Chris Hughes is a modern-day Gamaliel in my book. Let me explain why this information should be important in your life. The Key to finding a mentor is in this biblical story. While reading these scriptures, you will find hidden treasures that will enhance your life. Scriptures are not just to review history; they exist so that we may become inspired to make history ourselves. The Bible is God’s way of handling the children of Israel, the way they communed with God is open for all of us now. Let’s review who Gamaliel was in our Biblical history.
34 Then stood there up on in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
35. And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.
Acts 5: 34-35
Here comes the moment of wisdom. Back in the days of Christ; Gamaliel was considered a Rabbon which is higher than a Rabbi. A Rabbi was a teacher of the Torah and who lived the law of Moses. A doctor of Law is someone who memorized the books of Moses and was considered a schooled theologian of his time. The Jews at the time were very upset with the Apostles of Christ and were being persecuted after Jesus was crucified . These disciples and apostles were left alone to do missionary work and commissioned by Jesus to continue his Gospel message. Gamaliel had some insight to the people persecuting theses type of people.
38 And now I say unto you, “Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it, let haply ye be found even to fight against God.
In other words, if these apostles are actually commissioned of Christ and they are telling the TRUTH; then you cannot stop them. He even warned that if you try to fight them, you are actually fighting against your God. These persecutors believed that they were doing God a favor by killing these apostles, but in fact they later find out that they were sadly mistaken. It is interesting that this very wise teacher; wiser than all the Rabbis combined, had the wisdom to entertain the idea to release Christians . He had a feeling in his heart that they could very well be on the wrong team. Gamaliel (being the wisest of all) basically sounded the alarm and told everyone that they should not stop truth. These disciples might be telling the truth and lets not be so quick to judge and persecute them. Whoever was going to be mentored by Gamaliel would be a Pharisee that could potentially use this discernment to change his life.
An Unlikely Missionary Will Arise
Gamaliel had a student that we are all very familiar in the Christian World. In fact, churches have been started because of his name. Missionaries of our church revere him to this day since he was able to travel all over the Eastern world sharing the message of Christ. Even though half of his life was spent thinking Christ was deranged and a lunatic, this man was chosen from the beginning of time to accomplish a mission. He was trained by his interpretation of the scriptures that the Savior of the world did not die on a cross and he should still wait for his coming. These apostles were just following a religious fanatic and so he went on to persecute thousands of Christians after Jesus passed away. This student of Gamaliel had to be someone who new various languages. He had to be a theology major himself after his teacher. He had to have respect from the Greeks, Romans, and all parties that existed in those times. He had the ability to pull rank so he can open doors to new countries that have never been taught the doctrine of Christ. Who is this famous missionary?
ANSWER: Saul of Tarsus (or) many know him as Paul the Apostle.
Would God commission a Christian killer to be one of the greatest missionaries of all time? Yes. God works in intelligent ways and his ways are not mysterious. Mysteries are just things that have not been revealed to us yet, but God does not do things that are mysterious and elusive. He is the perfect Chess Player.
He had to place Gamaliel in front of Paul to be a benefactor of Rabbon’s knowledge. If Paul would ever consider being a Christian, all he would have to do is switch up one simple doctrine and he would be on his way.
He would have to know for himself that the Jesus that was crucified and He was the Savior of the world. After he fully acknowledged this great truth, all the doctrine memorizing, hours of learning, meditation, and classes he took from Gamaliel would serve him beyond measure. But how do you stop a man from killing Christians? His past beliefs and mentor led him to do the right thing at the time. He thought he was serving God by persecuting these Christian followers. Until something happened..
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought himinto Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
– Acts 9:3-9
Jesus had to personally appear to Paul for him to actually change and listen. Many scholars say that Paul was trained by Christ himself in those three days where he had no sight and remained unconscious. It would make sense because
Paul went right away to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ after he recovered his sight. Gamaliel was Paul’s first mentor; Christ became his last.
This moment in history teaches us many things on how to allocate the right mentor. Here are simple steps on getting a mentor in the 21st century using wisdom of the past.
1. Similar to Paul; find someone who has what you want. Countless times a year, I hear people asking the opinion of people who don’t have the lifestyle that they want. Gamaliel was known as a learned doctor of the law; Paul wanted to be a scholar as well. When looking to increase in finances; find someone who is financially abundant. If you want to be educated in a field; have the mentor show their credentials in that specific area. Never buy someone’s financial open when they can’t rub two pennies together. I came to Chris Hughes to show me how to financially change my life and he introduced me to the idea of being an entrepreneur. He was not speaking from theory, he was speaking from personal experience and his success spoke louder than his words. His trainings were life-changing.
2. How many teachers do you think Paul saw in his day. He didn’t go for number two . He was searching for the best of the best. When researching for your mentor, you can find their client testimonials and this will be one way that you can research someone’s credibility and service. When I saw Chris Hughes speak in front of 15,000 people at a convention, I realized that I was following someone who gained influence by winning in his profession. As far as doing missionary work, the most successful people tend to listen more than they speak. When Chris invited me to his house, I was sharing with him all the things I have learned in my one year spiritual journey and he never once said anything about his faith. He just listened to me and I knew that he would be a great mentor after that day. Later that night, he challenged me to read the Book of Mormon. He said these exact words, ” this is either the biggest scam in the world or it’s the true restored church of Jesus Christ. You decide.” He usually keeps his religion out of his mentorship programs ( but since I asked him to mentor me spiritually) he did what I requested.
3. Communication is vital. Make sure your mentor is great at keeping an open email and phone policy. However, the best mentors understand that meeting from time to time is the best way to enhance the mentorship program. The mentor never negates the power of meeting in person.
4. Revisit your potential mentors that you could have taken advantage of. Perhaps your past mentors include: People you should forgive, a business that you decided to put on hold, a seminar that you decided not to attend. These are all Gamaliels in disguise. Your mentor doesn’t have to be a person sometimes.These were all moments where the environment could have changed you. Antonio Adair once said ” It’s just one degree difference to change water to steam; just turn it up a little bit.” What if that event or person was supposed to take you to the next level and perhaps turn up the heat so you became a completely different element. I have heard that P.O.O.R. stands for Passing Over Opportunities Routinely. Revisit the potential offers and analyze them carefully. They might just be the answer you were looking for but your neglect kept you from adding value to yourself.
5. Do you have a mentor now? Have you built a personal relationship with him/ her. This would be the best time to send them a letter or gift to share your appreciation with them. I believe the greatest gift I could have given Chris was to ask him to personally baptize me into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was honored and drove over two hours to not only meet my mother and share some gospel principles, but to also share a special moment with someone he mentored in the doctrine of Christ. We must have exchanged dozens of emails, but in the end we began appreciating each other and Chris (Gamaliel) passed me over to the Mentor of Mentors (Christ). He didn’t want to be the funnel of light; he wanted me to have the light completely.
6. A true mentor wants you to have more success than he/she ever accomplished. He will never envious or get jealous of the success you gain with his mentorship. They will be the first to help you when your down and the firsts to applaud you when you pass their status. I asked Chris to write a few words on the scriptures that he gave me on baptism day. His words suggest that we are equally powerful and we were meant to change the world. If you notice, you can see that I called him a mentor in my notes on the left side of his words.
Emanuel, Now, you are on the path to find your calling in life. You have an amazing life ahead of you and I am thrilled to know I will be able to watch from a distance. You have a gift my friend. Let’s change the world. Love ya Brother!
You may have a mentor right now as we speak. It may be the hard times you are going through. Maybe it’s your boss who is teaching you to dislike corporate America and grooming you to be an entrepreneur one day. Maybe you have a mentor for your business and one day a Christ figure will stop you in your path and show you a better way. Nonetheless, your first mentor was laying the foundation for the second mentor. My biggest recommendation is to enjoy the journey with your mentors you presently have. Even if your frustrated right now; that frustration might be your Gamaliel. We have a ton of Mentors around us, we just need to find the right ones that will take us where we want to go. Paul never would have thought in his whole life that he would be a missionary for Christ. The last thing I thought I would ever be was a Mormon. Find a mentor that has what you want and learn from them until you realize your full potential. If you have had success in certain areas of your life ; don’t wait to become a mentor yourself.
Feel free to take that poll in the middle of this blog; lets open the comment section for discussion. Who is your mentor? What success stories have you acquired since you had one? What mentors are you looking for? If you could improve one area in your life, what would it be? Do you have an amazing experience you shared with your mentor? I would love to hear your stories; they inspire me to keep looking for new mentors all the time.
For more information on C.S. Hughes and his self-development Seminars and Business Mentoring: www.cshughes.com / http://www.neweconomyu.com
Here is a video where he talks about how our beliefs can change your actions which results in an improvement of your lifestyle.