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ACTIVATION BY WILLIS WRIGHT
On Friday, October 3, 2008, we visited Katsuya and Janet Hirano at the home of Janet's twin sister, Jean, in Draper. While there, Katsuya told me about Willis Wright, a returned missionary from Japan who lives in Jean's ward. We went to see him and he gave me a book he had just published called Activation. The Table of Contents and an Introduction are presented below. I was pleased to learn that his wife Afton Wride Wright is a cousin of mine. Here is some information about Willis Wright's mission and a picture of him and Afton taken from the NFEM website.
The book can be ordered from Willis by writing to 12827 Boulter Street, Draper, UT 84020. His phone number is （801〉５０１−7739 and his email address is [email protected]
by Willis Lydell Wright
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction of Author 3
Recognizing the Cause of In-Activity 12
The Value of Quality Home/Visiting Teaching 13
Getting Started 16
The First Visit 18
The Second Visit 19
Value of the Old Washoe Indian Legend 21
The Third Visit 22
Testimony and Team Teaching 23
Teaching the Conversion Principles of the Gospel 23
Involving the Senses 24
Prayers, Fasting, and Relying on the Spirit 25
Activation Lesson Sequence 25
The Conversion Lessons: Sample Dialog for Each Lesson 27
The Bible Prophecies Concerning the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon 29
The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost 33
General Christian Beliefs Concerning God 37
The Plan of Salvation 38
The Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ 42
The Apostasy and the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ 45
The Fall of Adam and the Purpose of Earth Life 47
Keep My Commandments 50
The Three-Fold Purposes of the Temple 53
Man's Pre-mortal Life (Pre-Existence) 55
What Can Be Learned From the First Vision 58
T'was A Sheep Not a Lamb 59
Outlines for Each Lesson 61
The Bible Prophecies Concerning the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon 61
The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost 63
The Plan of Salvation 66
The Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ 67
The Apostasy and the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ 68
Keep My Commandments 69
The Three-Fold Purposes of the Temple 70
Man's Pre-mortal Life (Pre-Existence) 71
The Fall of Adam and the Purpose of Earth Life 73
* This is not an official publication of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
INTRODUCTION OF AUTHOR
I was born at Seligman, Yavapai, Arizona, July 22, 1930, the second son of five children, two boys and three girls. At age eight and a half the family separated due to divorce. My mother, unable to raise five growing children on a waitress' wage, sent two of my sisters and myself to live with her widowed mother in Mesa, Arizona. Grandmother Willis was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints. She took us to Church every Sunday whether we wanted to go or not!
One day she asked me if I'd like to be baptized. My reply was, "All the kids I play with are Mormons so I just as well be one too!" I was baptized in the Mesa Temple on February 6, 1943.
Shortly thereafter I moved back to Seligman and lived there until moving to Bandera, Texas at age eighteen, to settle an inheritance dispute. It was while living at Bandera that I was challenged to join the Baptist Church. When I told Brother Arnold, the local minister, that I'd already been baptized, he became very agitated upon learning of my Mormon baptism and railed against the Church in a very negative way.
The result of this meeting caused me to think seriously about my membership. At the time I didn't even know the true name of the Church. I thought the name of the Church was the Mormon Church!' I knew four things about the Church:
First, headquarters was in Salt Lake City, Utah. Second, they accepted the Book of Mormon as scripture. Thirdly, members of the Church didn't smoke tobacco or drink alcohol. And fourthly, at one time they practiced polygamy.
Desiring to know more, I went home and located an old copy of the Book of Mormon that some traveling Mormon Missionary had left at our home, and began reading it thinking I could find the answers to what the Church taught. Upon reading the Book, I didn't find any answers but, under the influence of the Spirit, gained a testimony that it was true! I resolved to myself that if I were ever where there was a Church located I would attend and learn as much as I could!
Shortly thereafter I was drafted into the U. S. Army and was sent to Ft. Meade, Maryland, located between Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., and trained as a Medical Corpsman. On my first Pass I went into Baltimore and took a taxi out to the only LDS Ward in town. As I read the marquee the only thing I recognized was when Sunday School started. Sacrament Meeting, Relief Society, Priesthood Meeting, Mutual, and Primary Meetings were totally foreign! This was the real beginning of my conversion!
At Ft. Meade I met Keith E. Bendixson, from Levan, Utah, and a former Stake Missionary who loaned me his copy of, "A Marvelous Work and A Wonder," by Elder LeGrand Richards, which I read in less than a week. Then, I re-read the book again in less than a week, and under the influence of the Spirit, I knew I belonged to the only true and living Church on the earth!
As I read, it was like coming out of a `cloud of darkness into broad daylight!' It represented the beginning of a radical change in my life! I wanted to fulfill my military obligation as soon as possible, move to Utah, go on a Mission, and live the rest of my life among the Saints!
The night before boarding the troop transport taking me to, what I thought would be the Korean War Zone, I knelt by my cot after the barracks was quiet, and promised the Lord that if He would bring me back safe and sound, I would do whatever He asked me to do through his authorized servants. Of the 2,500 plus, servicemen aboard, 114 men were assigned to go on to Okinawa. My name was number 114. My military specialty had been changed from Medical Corpsman to Records Clerk and assigned to a Headquarters Company, where I had my own private office, overlooking the East China Sea, in charge of maintaining Officers' records.
Following my tour of duty with the U.S. Army, I moved to Provo, Utah, to attend Brigham Young University. There I met my future wife, Afton Wride, of American Fork, Utah. We dated all through the year, putting off marriage, because I wanted to serve a mission for the Church. I was interviewed to serve by Elder Milton R. Hunter, of the Seventy.
I was called to serve in the Japanese Mission, later re-named Northern Far East Mission on January 5, 1955. On my 26th birthday I received a letter from my mother. It stated that I was a `sickly baby' and not expected to live, but that she promised the Lord that if He would spare my life, she would send me on a Mission. Twenty-five years later, the Lord held her to her promise!
Upon being released as a missionary, I returned to Brigham Young University to complete my studies for graduation. Afton and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple on April 16, 1958. We are the parents of three sons and three daughters, all married in the Temple. All sons and sons-in- law have served honorable missions and all, including 20 grandchildren, are active.
I have served five missions; first to Japan for thirty six months, then a Regional Valley Mission, contacting Japanese speaking persons in the Salt Lake Metropolitan area, as a Stake Missionary for two years. Then as a Counselor to the Stake Mission Leader in the Winder West Stake and served there for three and a half years. Next was an eighteen month mission to the California San Diego Mission with my wife Afton, as Senior Missionaries, working primarily with less-active and part-member families. And finally, Afton and I served as Inner-city Missionaries in the Granger, Utah, area for twelve months.
Our missionary activities among the less-active and part-member families form the basis of this treatise.
Willis and Afton Wright, after serving their mission in the California San Diego area, were recommended to serve at the Missionary Training Center, Provo, Utah, Together they taught proselyting techniques to the Senior Missionaries. Brother Wright has served five missions and Sister Wright three. They are members of the Sandy Hidden Valley Stake, Draper 2"d Ward. Brother Wright has served as a member of the Bishopric, Branch Presidency, High Priests Group Leader, and as a Stake High Councilor.