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The Law of the Harvest

Practical Principles of Effective Missionary Work

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About the Author

David Stewart, MD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. At his high school graduation, his principal announced that "It has been a long time since we have seen a student like David, and it will be a long time before we see another one like him." He was one of thirteen national advanced placement scholars in the United States in 1991, and was the first to attend Brigham Young University. He was a presidential scholar at Brigham Young University, being graduated with summa cum laude honors in molecular biology in just two years. Dr. Stewart received his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed a surgical internship and an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed fellowship training in pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Stewart is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and has received numerous awards for excellence in clinical practice and medical research and for his contributions to international health.

Dr. Stewart served a full-time LDS mission in St. Petersburg, Russia, from 1992 to 1994. He has had a lifelong interest in missionary work. He has dedicated thousands of hours to the study of missionary work from 1991 to the present and has conducted missionary research in over twenty countries. He has written on LDS topics, including church growth, missionary work, and DNA and the Book of Mormon, and has been interviewed on Church growth issues by the Associated Press, Salt Lake Tribune, Newsweek, PBS, and other major media outlets. Dr. Stewart is fluent in several Eastern European languages and is active in international medical charity and education work in Asia and Eastern Europe. He lives in Henderson, Nevada, with his wife and young children.