Lesson for Life

Miracles happen all around us—small and large—they occur in our midst, and we frequently hear of them if we look for them. I want to tell you about a lesson in this light I learned as a boy.   The evenings in Castle Valley were comfortable and beautiful. As the...

The Burdens We are Not Meant to Carry

I write this not because it is easy for me, but because it is necessary for me. As much as I say I long for rest or heaven or peace or just ONE problem free day, I have become increasingly aware of how I make my own life harder.   There is meant to be opposition...

Why I’m Not a Survivor

This article was previously published on "Hi, I'm Bekki."  Republished with permission.   A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to my counselor about what we've euphemistically termed the "crummy days," the period in which I first experienced the symptoms of...

Reacting To The Waves That Hit

I have a friend who broke her face.   Periphery Waves   She lounged in a tide pool, enjoying the water, and holding her infant son securely to her chest. She watched her husband and two-year-old daughter exploring the pools' ridge line. Suddenly, in her...

God IS in the Details of Our Lives

Several articles are making the rounds on social media lately claiming that God is not in the details of our lives. Instead, the difficulties we are going through are of our own and others’ making and God has no part of them.   This belief is based on faulty...

The Fall

I grew up in a garden.  Like Adam and Eve had everything they needed with little effort, as a child, I did too.  My parents loved each other, loved the Lord and loved me.  I had food every day.  Even my voracious curiosity was fed.  It was a paradise.     At home...

Bible Videos

I teach a family history class. Frequently, I don’t really know how the class is going to proceed until it happens. The scripture “I will give you in the moment…” comes to mind. John Bytheway once said that he can hardly wait to go to a fireside where he will be...

Joy

What is the purpose of life? We’re here to gain a body and a family, to learn, to be tested, to develop faith, and ultimately to return to our Heavenly Father. However, the Book of Mormon also offers another interesting perspective on the purpose of our time here on...

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...

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