Unbelievable

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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...

Forgiveness in Destructive Cycles

Forgiveness in Destructive Cycles

For several years of my childhood, my dad farmed alfalfa and cotton outside of the tiny town of San Simon, Arizona. When I was 5, I got one of the two most memorable horse rides of my life.   My dad invited me to check the irrigation with him on horseback. He...

Family History is Furthered by More Than the Living

Family History is Furthered by More Than the Living

I first learned what genealogy was when my grandmother gave my mom a gift. It was a large blue binder and I wondered what it could hold that might be gift-worthy. When I was told it was a binder filled with names of our ancestors, I wasn't entirely sure what that...

Blessings Come at the Most Unexpected Times

Blessings Come at the Most Unexpected Times

A few weeks ago, a friend at work told me about a festival in downtown Tempe, AZ that I had visited before with my family. It was a very memorable experience then and I wanted to go again so my husband and I prepared ourselves to go for the whole day. We paid for...

Prized

Prized

I have some random thoughts to share with you. At first you may think they are unrelated. They are not. They are definitely related.   a great stallion at full gallop in a meadow, who—   at his master’s voice—seizes up to a stunned but instant halt. . . ....

Learning to Live Each Day with Faith

Learning to Live Each Day with Faith

I’ve had an interesting week—frustrating, but interesting. The thing about frustration is that it is often a learning experience. I usually drive my husband to clean the temple on Mondays. While he is cleaning, I walk the temple grounds, read my scriptures, and...

Treasuring the Difficult Trails

Treasuring the Difficult Trails

Some long-time friends of mine visited Hawaii from Texas. After chatting with them a little, I could tell that the two oldest really wanted to do some cliff jumping. I told them about the hike to Maunawili Falls. It's a fun hike through a rain forest, across and along...

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