Triage of the Soul

Early this morning, we felt a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in northern Utah. Family was texting almost immediately and news stations reported the quake while it was still happening (aftershocks). Emergency radio broadcasts disseminated just minutes later, and as I was...

Just Do Your Best; That’s Success

The last five weeks have been interesting, challenging, fun, and frustrating all at once. One of the things I’ve learned through it all is that I may or may not be able to change the things I want to change, and fix the things that need fixing—but that’s okay. All...

Parenting Epiphany: The Law of Consequences

Today has been tough. My child hates this pandemic quarantine, and he has been acting out in every way he can. He is defiant, and that means I get to play the worst part of being Mom — giver of consequences. My personality likes to focus on the positives and on the...

Why I’m Not Afraid

I've heard from several people over the last few weeks that it seems like the world is ending. From earthquakes to subway fires to the pandemic that is sweeping through every nation and community, I can certainly understand why people feel panicked. Yet it's made me...

My Deal or No Deal Miracle

Have you ever looked back over your life and been awed by the obvious presence of God’s hand in it? My experience on the national game show Deal or No Deal was one of those miraculous events in my life.       In 2005, a good friend of mine called and asked if I...

Sticks & Stones

When I was eight years old and in the third grade, our family moved from one small town to an even smaller town just a little over an hour away. Up to that point in my life, I'd always had friends and felt loved. I loved school, I loved life, and I loved who I was! I...

65 Days

It wasn’t exactly a last minute decision. Yet while many plan these events months or years in advance, we scheduled our Church history tour only weeks before it commenced. You can read about that delightful opportunity in another article.   The significance of...

Persevering Pestilences

Walking down the hallway, I could hear the ruckus all around. People seemed panicked again. Had someone at work contracted the coronavirus? (Most conversations as of late had revolved around that topic.) What was everyone gathering to discuss in such animated voices?...

Making Your Quarantine-Imposed Homeschool More Fun

The coronavirus pandemic has changed how the schools in my area are working. They are closed for classes, but every teacher is trying to keep things going online. Parents are staying home with their kids and helping them with their education. This has been a big...

Finding Peace In the Midst of Fear

My most loved (and most often applied) scripture story is a story about fear—fear of an unknown future, fear of apparent death, all-around fear.   The king of Syria sought to capture Elisha the prophet. During the night, a large, intimidating army encircled the...

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword

Since I’ve been writing columns and blogs, I have come to realize much mightier the written word is than the sword. If you have ever heard the saying “The pen is mightier than the sword," which originated in 1839 from the English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton, it has...

Lessons I Learned From Homemade Bread

Everyone’s brains are unique and the gifts and talents with which we are blessed vary widely. I am blessed to be able to facilitate a twice-monthly class in our stake on “life skills for emotional health." We focus on various topics and may spend several classes...

Be Prepared and Ye Shall Not Fear

We’ve all heard about COVID-19 (more popularly known as “coronavirus”) and the pandemic that it has caused. Some aren’t worried at all, some put on a brave face and hide their fear, and others are sorely afraid for what the future holds. For some, this trial that...

Lessons in Love

Some lessons are hard, and that’s okay. Throughout my life, I have seen many people face challenges that seem totally beyond my capacity. Have you ever felt that way? I am sure that you have.   “I have never regretted a prompting to love.” At least that’s the way...

Peace and Calm

A lot of people are living in fear right now for a variety of reasons, including coronavirus. I made up my mind a long time ago that I was not going to live my life in fear. Heavenly Father has a plan, and everything will be as it should be in the end. I could waste...

Overcoming Fear With Faith

Faith is one of the more challenging concepts of Christianity. Because it can’t be scientifically measured or stored in a bottle to be pulled out as needed, many people either don’t believe in it or don’t know how to access it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Cleansing the Sticky Hands

Do you ever feel like a sticky negative thought or habit or emotion totally sticks to you?   Sticky Hands   Last Sunday before church, I decided to look in the rarely-ever accessed cubby hole/closet on the stand in the chapel to see if I could find choir...

If You Knew Why

When I lived in Canada, there was a period of time when Lorraine (my late wife) and I had our business licenses for web development and piano/voice lessons. Because Lorraine was on ODSP (disability) and we were both on that check, we had to submit income reports to...

Faith in His Timing

From the time we change the clock back in the fall to when we change it ahead in the spring, I count down the weeks anticipating the change. I love the darker mornings and lighter evening hours and the newness that spring brings. I love when the birds return and when...

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