Layers

One of my greatest difficulties communicating with Asperger's syndrome has to do with how deeply and powerfully I feel (emotionally) and the seemingly formless amoeba of ideas in my head that I struggle to put into some semblance of spoken language. This becomes...

Learning to Control Anger

One of the most wise adages of all times instructs us, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." I have always fiercely loved that quote, and it's served me well throughout my life — especially in moments of anger.   When we're mad, we...

Get That Education, Sistas!

My mom has had a job for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I never thought of her as a “working mom.” Whenever I needed her, she was there. I did everything with my mom when I was little. I would go with her visiting teaching, to her “Daughters of the Utah...

Stand By Me

Some articles are just fun to write. This was one of them.   I am one of those folks that loves people watching. Many times I find myself enjoying the interesting characters in the drama of life.   Take Roger Ridley of Santa Monica, CA, for example. I love...

Baptism Date

This article is one in a series of stories about Lauren's conversion. To read the others, click here.   Even though I felt like The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true, I was still nervous to get baptized.   After the last testimony meeting,...

Honesty

Honesty is often difficult, but the consequences for dishonesty can eat right through you. Let me illustrate.   Young Mistake   When I was in first grade, we had a show and tell. My friend brought a little package of plastic tri-corner beads. They were so...

Contention in the Church

Images of Moses leading the children of Israel out of Egypt to the promised land captivated me as a child. That is one of the first stories in the Old Testament I really remember. Scenes of Moses preparing the people to sanctify their hearts but, instead, the people...

What Is General Conference?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds general conference twice a year, in April and October. It is held in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, near the Church's headquarters, and is broadcast throughout the world via satellite, cable, radio, and...

Serving in Holy Ways

Ugh. The cold bug has hit our home, and it is not pretty. Before I had a Holy Home (a home focused on creating, as D&C 109:8 commands us, a house of prayer, fasting, faith, and so on), when any of us got sick, I felt a big amount of stress. Anything that threw off...

Unbelievable

Maybe you know the definition of the word hyperbole, maybe not. In fact, if you’re like me, you may be struggling with its pronunciation, let alone its meaning.   It is kind of a strange word. Do you know what it means? You could check the dictionary to be...

Power from Beyond

One of the things I’ve had to keep reminding myself the last few months is that I can do hard things with the help of the Lord. For the most part, my life since retirement is pretty calm and peaceful. However, there have been some periods of time occasionally when a...

The Power of A Dog

We got a dog this week. I have been told many times how much animals can reach through the shadows of autism and bring out even the most reclusive souls. My son is very social, so I just smiled at the comments and figured there was nothing new that could happen in our...

Why It All Matters

Why is our stance so fixed on so many "social" issues? Why does the Church care what other people choose?   One of the most basic doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that each woman and man and child on the planet is a literal spirit...

Single Manna

Sometimes I think that being a single adult is a lot like living on manna from heaven for forty years. It is a lot of the same things over and over: the same FHE activities for many years; the same superficial, “Who are you, where are you from, and what is your...

What to Do When You Can’t Fast

This post was originally published on Third Hour. Minor changes have been made for formatting.   Fasting is hard. I mean, no French fries?! Is that even the kind of world I want to live in? (Yeah, I know. I'm really dramatic. Especially when it comes to fries,...

Line of Authority

When I was a young man, I found myself lingering in the waiting room of a local retailer to get a haircut. I situated myself in a chair and, looking around me, I noticed some magazines lying on the small table. I realized they were available for customers of the...

A Penlight to the Sun

The original reason I started blogging was kind of selfish at first. I had given a talk on agency back in... 2013 I think? You know how it goes with talks — you often get more out of preparing it than perhaps the congregation gets out of your giving it. And that's...

Finding Peace in the Car

I like the idea of world peace. But I don’t know if I can contribute much to world peace until I can create peace in my own car. With six children in an ever-shrinking, confined space, finding peace is no small task.   There are usually fights over the seat by...

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