Have Fun. Be Safe.

Heads up!   It is just two words. But the impact is immediate and possibly life-changing or even life-saving. Yes. Just two words but packed with power. When someone is about to step off a sidewalk and inadvertently put themselves in the pathway of an oncoming car,...

Christmas Call

Dear Santa, This year, all I want for Christmas is to talk to my son. I don’t want to share these precious 45 minutes with the rest of the family. I want every moment all for me. Thank you, Missionary Mama   Okay, so I didn’t ask for that this Christmas … even though...

King of Kings

A visit to Paris was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. I wish I could share with you the ecstasy of being in the City of Love and enjoying crepes and gelato and beautiful architecture and art daily. The neighborhoods in Paris are themselves artistic. The food,...

The Nativity of Mary

Stories of Christmas enchant and inspire me! One November, while exploring The Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception on San Cristóbal Hill in Santiago, Chile, the wall murals transfixed me! I didn't recognize the stories depicted!  I was familiar with New Testamental...

Are You Ready?

Our recent joint Priesthood/Relief Society lesson was from President Russell M. Nelson’s October 2017 General Conference talk, “The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?” And the teacher asked us the leading question, What would YOUR life be like...

What Does it Mean to be a Woman?

I’ve been pondering the question of womanhood lately. I suppose the word womanhood could be defined as many ways as the word love. It may very well mean something different to everyone. In 2017, does being a woman mean something different than it did in 1917, 1817, or...

Family History 2: Treasure Hunting

In Part I of this series I discussed how to start your genealogy from the very beginning.   Now, on your Family History. Please don't let that stop you. There is still plenty for you to do. Collaborating on Family History can be fun. And it often takes different...

Living a Miracle

I love messages of hope. Our hardships give us empathy for others and opportunities to show gratitude. Perhaps the greatest miracle of all is the hope we have in Jesus Christ.   King Nebuchadnezzar demanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego worship the golden...

Good or Bad-A Story of How I Burnt My Breakfast

A new notion has entered my universe—Delisa, consider (just consider) that nothing that happens to you is inherently good or bad until your perspective/experience/belief system labels it good or bad.   Is my life really a blank slate that I mold into my expectations...

Loving Your Teens: the Power of Quality Time

Quality time can be one of the hardest languages of love to speak, especially for someone who doesn’t personally care about quality time. My oldest feels loved when we spend quality time with her. She’s constantly asking to do things together either with me or her...

Heavenly Light

A light-year is the equivalent distance that light travels in one year, which is about 9,460,000,000,000 kilometers (or 5,880,000,000,000 miles).  When we see the night sky we are literally viewing a point in time from the past, we are viewing history.  That celestial...

Nurturing New Members

Though I am generally well-integrated into the Latter-day Saint lifestyle and culture, there are times when I am reminded that I was not raised in it. In my earliest months and years, I frequently experienced such moments. I often wondered if I would ever feel as “one...

Clear and Present Danger

We have plenty of worthwhile experiences in our families. I enjoy writing and sharing pleasant, happy thoughts and joyful, remarkable memories. This, however, is not one of those times.   There was an occasion when I was a young man, probably just a boy, really, when...

Why the Mormon Emphasis on Missionary Work?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently has over 50,000 full-time missionaries serving throughout the world. Many members of the Church are called to serve as stake and ward missionaries in the and beliefs with others. They are considered to be...

Ministering to the One

And if any man among you be strong in the Spirit, let him take with him that is weak, that he may be edified in all meekness, that he may become strong also.   Ministering is one of my spiritual gifts. It hasn’t always been a strong gift.   I remember the first time...

#LightTheWorld

This year, I’m sure many of you have already seen #LightTheWorld somewhere on your newsfeed. What a great way to share opportunities to serve each other during this Christmas season!   The Lord works with us one-on-one. We see His hand in the smallest details of our...

Dark Caves

I had the privilege of attending Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri.  One of the cool things about Missouri, that I didn’t initially know, is that there are lots of underground caves to explore.  For a short period, I was involved with a...

Learning a Preparedness Lifestyle

Part of a preparedness lifestyle includes learning to be self-sufficient. There are many forms of self-sufficiency. Providing for one's family is one of the finest forms of self-sufficiency. How you provide in such a manner can be as varied as there are people on this...

Reboot

Sometimes you just have to reset the status quo and start over. It's like a reboot for your life.   Now maybe that sounds a little extreme, but on occasion, that strategy happens to be the only thing that really works. Let me provide a couple examples.   When I was...

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