Keeping Families Together in the Last Days

It is tough living in 2017. Fear and anger are running amuck. The world is a scary place right now. Watching the news is downright depressing—not to mention social media. It is so easy to get caught up in all that fear and anger. Is there no balm in Gilead? (Jeremiah...

Sariah’s Conversion

Our Stake President asked us to read an unmarked Book of Mormon, looking specifically for examples of the Savior's atonement. The last time I KNOW I read through an unmarked copy of the Book of Mormon was in 1991. I can't remember if I have read an unmarked copy since...

Monday is My Fun Day!

Every week, missionaries get one day to take care of their personal needs for the week. This day is called their preparation day, or P-day. Mundane tasks like laundry, grocery shopping, haircuts, etc. are all taken care of once a week.   It is also the day when...

Understanding the Atonement

One of the most important, if not the most important aspect of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the Atonement.  Adam fell.  We know he did this.  He needed to so mankind could come to the earth.   To help us get back to our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ sacrificed...

Lent, A Season to Focus on Living Closer to God

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral welcomed the Philadelphia Interfaith Visionary Women’s Council.   The Reverend Sarah E. Hedgis, Associate Priest over Congregational Life, welcomed us warmly and taught us about the Christian season of Lent....

Mending Fences

When I was a young man living with my family in the country, farm life was anything but glamorous. Out of necessity we learned that some chores couldn’t wait. Milking cows, watering fields, planting gardens, and pruning orchards had a schedule all of their own.  ...

The Honking During the Hymn

Today at church we had Stake Conference, where many congregations (called Wards) met together.  I think our Stake has 10 congregations all together.  So it was a bigger crowd than on a usual Sunday.  The meeting was very uplifting, and the chance to see friends in...

When Your Problems Are Bigger Than You

One day I read an article by a college freshman who bragged about having become an atheist that year. Her reasons seemed to have more to do with wanting to rebel against her parents than with any carefully thought out reasoning, but one aspect of her article stood out...

Are You Lonely At Church?

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly."   Today I walked into the temple towards a new smiling face. My friend and I attend the temple pretty much every week at the same time and know most of the ladies on that shift now. I smiled at the new smiling...

Make Friends to Make Converts

A few Sundays back, as I stood in the foyer, one of the ladies in our congregation came up to me and started sharing how wonderful dinner was the night before. She had been invited to have dinner with a family in our congregation. This family is known for reaching out...

Loss

When Tragedy Strikes   Last weekend I had the most wonderful opportunity to attend a special conference for Widows and Widowers of my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints – LDS Church). We spent two days listening, visiting, laughing and...

Lost!

I Can’t Find My Baby!   You know that feeling when you can’t find your young child?  Did you flinch and begin to feel that sinking feeling as you read this title?  Everyone knows that first jolt of alarm when realizing that they’re unable to spot their little...

Rescued

I am an avid sports fan. Perhaps you are, too. Sporting events are fun to watch and I believe can be beneficial to all those involved. So I would like to pose a question for your consideration:   When is the game or contest won? Is it when one team doubles its...

There is Good in Everyone

My dad used to tell me that you can learn something from everyone you meet. You don’t have to like everyone you meet, but if you have respect for that person as a fellow traveler on this planet, I submit that Dad was right. He was right because there is good in...

One More Valentine

If you didn’t get a valentine this year, it doesn’t mean you are unloved. Your Heavenly Father and your Savior will always love you.

A Cat’s Tale

About six months ago, life was crazy hectic. I felt pulled in a thousand different directions and as though I was pretty much failing at everything. Then my youngest daughter came crying to me, “Mom, something is wrong with Belle.”   After scooching myself under...

Thirsting after Knowledge

Question: What is one thing we can take with us after we leave this earth? Answer: Knowledge. It is one of the few things on the list we can take with us to heaven. (ok, the other things are developed virtues and family/friend relationships).   As the Chinese...

All We Need is Love

Don’t forget that it isn’t just those you are romantically attached to who need to be loved.There is a whole whole world there waiting for loving kindness.

Still Snowing

We had a snow storm last week. It was the biggest we have seen this year—probably 8+ inches in the valley. My wife and I started up the snow blower and used it to make one pass down the driveway. Its swath was significant, because the fallen snow that had accumulated...

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