The Servant Initiative

Life is a series of desire obtainment and conflict resolution processes. At any given time, we are working toward achieving a goal or resolving a conflict. This process can get pretty frustrating at times. The Servant is a question-based program that has been designed to help you with that.

Most of us love to read stories or watch them in movies. Within any given story there is a main character that has a specific desires to obtain, which is usually identified in the very beginning. The entire story is about how she obtains that desire through the help of other story characters and the resolution of a variety of conflicts. You are the main character of your own story. You also have desires and your own conflicts that need to be resolved.

Within your story, you have certain choices that need to be made. You create certain pathways and boundaries, given your choices. The Servant program illuminates what those choices, pathways, and boundaries are. As the main character of your story, you need to be able to answer the following questions:

What is your Desire?

Who is your Cause—role model, mentor, provider, trainer, evaluator?

What is the Process to obtain your Desire?

What Effects—feedback—are you receiving from your Cause when you engage in this Process?

What are your Results

At first glance, it may seem like it is easy to answer these questions. But there are so many variables that enter into your story, which create conflict for you. You may have conflicting Desires, Causes, Processes, and Effects. It’s possible that you’re tracking Results that are not as important as others. You may not know what your Desire is. You may not yet have developed a relationship of admiration and trust with a Cause. You may not know how to obtain your Desire, how to navigate the plethora of Effects you’re experiencing, or how to track your Results. 

The Servant program helps you work out these common problems through 7 levels of progressive questions. The first level asks you to answer the above questions. Do your best to answer them. I strongly recommend writing your answers down in a notebook.

After you have answered them, you can move on to the second level, which focuses on identifying and defining your most General Desire and differentiating this from your Specific Desire. 

The third level focuses on balancing your Specific Desire with your General. 

The fourth asks you to differentiate between your Spiritual and Physical Desires and then evaluate whether your Physical Desire is within your Spiritual Threshold. That is, if your Desire is Physical, is it in conflict with your Spiritual Desires. This is often the main source of story Conflict. 

The fifth level addresses the age-old concept of the moral vs. immoral way in which we go about obtaining our Desires and resolving our Conflicts. These questions help center you up in the threshold between Survival Desire Obtainment Processes and extreme Asceticism. They reveal the paradoxical truth that the most sustainable way to obtain our Desires and resolve our Conflicts is through our own sacrifice in combination with the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

The sixth level explores your choices--the pathways and boundaries--between the Commitments you have already made and your new Desire. In our life stories the choice frequently comes up between staying with Commitments we have made in the past or ending them and beginning new Commitments in new relationships. This is usually a difficult decision. This level helps you think through the pros and cons of it.

The seventh level asks you questions about your Past. It invites you to remember a Desire you have already obtained and to recall how you resolved Past Conflicts in order to achieve that Desire. You are prompted to compare and contrast your Past Story with your Present, which often helps resolve many of the Conflicts you have in your Present Desire Obtainment Process. It also gives you the choice to evaluate a Past Desire from someone else's life - a family member, historical figure, or even a character in a fiction novel. Comparing and contrasting our present Desire Obtainment Process with other people's is often a great source of insight.

START NOW: Select the Desire tab in the top menu if you're on a computer. If you're on a smartphone or tablet, the menus display differently than if you're on a computer because of the different software used by each. On my phone, it has all the tabs in the top menu. The top drop down menu represents Level 1, the second Level 2, etc. I'm not sure why they are presently all titled "Home" but when I figure it out, it will hopefully have each level labeled correctly. For now just know the levels are ordered from top to bottom. In the navigational directions, I will put directions for those on smartphones or tablets in (parentheses) next to the directions for those using a computer to view this site.

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