Building a Masterpiece

Our family is in the planning stages of building a home. Since we remodeled our current home a few years ago, we have half an idea of what to expect. We are sure it will be exciting, but equally overwhelming. Every day a contractor will come to the job with the tools...

Autism (ABA) Therapy Works

One of the greatest blessings since my son’s diagnosis has been the ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy he is receiving. He has mastered so many skills that he struggled with before. He learned how to cook simple things for himself, to put on his own band-aids,...

What Does An Eye Single Look Like?

"When the student is ready, the teacher appears." — Lao Tzu   "A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself." — Bruce Lee   I pretty much look for teachers everywhere and in everything....

Fibers and Sinews

The idea for this article came to me after realizing something exceptional about my wife from a few weeks ago. We always know something is wrong when she has trouble staying awake and alert long enough to eat, drink, or take any meds. This usually happens when she is...

Breakdown Precedes Breakthrough: Part I

This is part one in a two-part series dealing with the theme of abuse and how to heal from it — for both the abused and their loved ones (particularly their parents) who strive to comfort and care for them. The next part will come out next Friday, the 19th.   As...

Shouting for Joy

We are told in multiple places, such as Job 38:7, that when we learned of the role of the Savior and His plan for us to come to earth, we shouted for joy. Do you still feel that way?   We teach our children that shouts for joy rang out in the Grand Council in...

When Passion Meets an Introvert

Heavenly Father gave me great gifts. He gave me the gifts of strength, tenacity, and passion. These gifts got me through a childhood of illness when the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. As tiny and sickly as I was, there’s probably no reason why I’m...

Celebrate Differences

Our world is diverse. With technology we are able to interact more with different people. I’ve found that we are far more alike than we are different.

Applying Peter and the Lame Man

Peter and John walked towards the temple and saw a lame man begging for alms. Peter and John "fastened" their eyes on the man and told the man to look at them.   And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.   Then Peter said, Silver...

God’s Diversity of Gifts

God offers each of His children the precise gifts they need. Accepting those gifts with gratitude, rather than obsessing over those we don’t have, brings eternal blessings.

For I Am Not Ashamed

Years ago, as I was preparing to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was told a story that had a powerful influence upon not only my mission, but also the rest of my life.   A young man whom I knew was called to serve a mission...

Fad Diets and the Right to Choose

Not everything that sounds good, is good. I learned this lesson the hard way when I was studying at the University of Utah and decided to listen to opinions of others instead of figuring things out for myself.   Back then, there were many "fad" diets going around...

The Rescue

I remember when it was hard to find things on the internet because the online data was still so small and the wealth of information was not posted yet. We had small dialup connections that transmitted at 14.4 kbit/s. While our modems were online back then, we could...

Finding Happiness: Keeping the Commandments

Recently I read a story in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, that tells of Nephi and how he and his people “lived after the manner of happiness” (2 Ne 5:27.)   I want to live after the manner of happiness, don’t you? In fact, I’d hazard a...

What I Learned From Being Inactive

The last few months, my family made a conscious decision to only have home church and not attend our regular ward. We were trying to help my high-functioning autistic son work some things out. But during that time, I remembered what it was like when I was inactive...

Our Road to Emmaus

After the most insane weekend ever, Cleopas and another disciple begin to walk the six or so miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus. As they walked, they talked about the incredible things that happened: Jesus atoned in Gethsemane. He stood accused before the Jews, Pilot, and...

Jesus Christ: Messiah to All, Accepted By Few

By the time Jesus Christ came into the world, the Jews had been captured, freed, and captured again with quite regularity. Indeed, as they drew further and further away from the teachings of God, their captivity extended over decades, centuries, and millennia.  ...

Transformation

Editor's Note: This post deals with the theme of abuse and how it warps a person's sense of self and ability to learn lessons the same way as other people. Because of the hardships Sonja faced early in life, she struggled to comprehend things in the way that was...

The Wall I Built Between Me and God

It’s finally happened. My constant effort to control everything has caught up to me. Everyone told me I cannot control everything and I just laughed and said “Watch me.” I don’t know where my need to control everything comes from, I just know that it’s been a part of...

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