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Do Your Worst!

“For the happy man prayer is only a jumble of words, until the day when sorrow comes to explain to him the sublime language by means of which he speaks to God.” [Alexandre Dumas in his masterpiece, The Count of Monte Cristo (completed … Continue reading

Teaching Happens…

Teaching styles are so important. It seems to me that every person who hates math can trace it to a teacher that they say made them hate math. Every person I know who loves math can trace it to a … Continue reading

Unthinkable, Impossible, Unfathomable, Unprecedented

In this Easter season, we in our family want all of you to know that we believe in religious liberty, in upholding a strong tradition of civil discourse with people who aren’t like us, and in expressing a heart-felt faith in … Continue reading

Safe And Secure Walls Around Us

What do you do in your family to develop strong young adults? Here’s what works for us… There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of … Continue reading

Callings: Murmur or Magnify?

What’s a “calling” mean to you? As a Mormon, to me it means accepting an assignment from church leaders to serve others. I know my leaders have pondered and discussed and prayed before asking me to serve. After saying Yes, … Continue reading

Let The Storm Rage On — Committing To Fight The Good Fight

Quick: What do you think of when you hear this word? “Ordinances.” Okay, that may be a bit strange. Try this one: “Covenants.” What went through your mind? Good? Bad? Ugly? Modest? Fight? Commitment? Sometimes (often?) I feel a need … Continue reading

Cleaning Maintenance, And Why A Spider Made Me Lie

Ever wish you could erase a mistake and start anew? I make mistakes all the time. Even after my baptism at eight years old, when I promised always to choose the right, I found I still made mistakes. Like when … Continue reading

Forever Clean: Asking For And Receiving Help

Growing up as a Latter-day Saint youth, I had lots of infrastructure to help me stay clean. Much of that had to do with learning to receive help from the spirit of God, learning to receive the Holy Ghost. From 9th … Continue reading

5 Secrets of Staying Clean

Have you ever been so grungy that you clearly felt unclean? In St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, in the days after Hurricane Katrina, I joined a group of volunteers to help people clean up and repair their homes in the communities … Continue reading

On Leprosy and Being Cleansed

Have you ever seen a person with a conspicuous disease such as leprosy? We read of an honorable military leader in the Old Testament, “a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.” Naaman sought the help of God … Continue reading

Restoring Furniture, a Garden, a Faith

Have you ever felt the delight of rebirth from restoring a garden, breathing new life into the soil with the work of your hands? I’ve found that digging a hole in the yard can be a great stress reliever. Whether the … Continue reading

Scriptures, Sacred Feelings, and Other Small and Simple Things

There’s an expression that some people are “closed books”. It indicates someone who cannot be easily understood, someone unfathomable or puzzling, while others are “open books”. One may feel this way about a book of sacred writings. Some people I know feel … Continue reading

Being Brave: Pre-mortality, Priesthood Power, and the Family Proclamation

A friend just shared this Vocal Point video with me, and an entire post popped in my head. The song is “(I Want To See You Be) Brave,” by Sara Bareilles. I thought of my wife, Kim, of our six … Continue reading

Bats, Courage, And The Modern Pioneer

Our prophet has recently highlighted the global need for pioneers today. In what ways can we be a pioneer? Bats And Blind, Shallow Courage I was a pioneer once, and it was scary. A friend with a new baby called and … Continue reading

Prayer And Getting Out Of Our Comfort Zone

To include prayer in our lives is to invite sacred moments into our lives. Watch the video Earthly Father, Heavenly Father: (Or same video at link.) I love the words of the narrator as we focus on his wedding ring … Continue reading