Carrying His Name

Carrying His Name

In Mark 15, we read the heart-wrenching account of the Savior’s death. Verses 20-22 tell of the trip to Golgotha:   20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.   21 And...

Count the Fish

Count the Fish

Wow. I didn’t anticipate this article coming out on my father’s birthday, but this tender mercy is just one more of a myriad of inspiring evidences of the Savior’s love for me.   “The Lord's tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings,...

You Need Not Suffer Alone

You Need Not Suffer Alone

Recently, I found out that good friends of ours had been going through something that no one should ever have to go through. My husband and I were shocked that they had been going through this for two whole years without saying a word. There were some people around us...

The Gift In Autism

The Gift In Autism

When I was a kid, I struggled to read. I had no trouble with the beginning or end of a word, but the letters in the middle seemed to get mixed up. The same thing happens with numbers. Periodically they will flip on me and I'll have to redo an equation. But there has...

Unexpected Divine Response to Trial

Unexpected Divine Response to Trial

I sank onto the bed one Sunday morning as I ended a phone call and realized that the help I'd envisioned and prayed for probably wouldn't happen anytime soon. I honestly didn't know how I could go on. I felt smashed in every way and the hope I'd clung to evaporated as...

Filling the Well Within

Filling the Well Within

Filling the well within us is an interesting concept. Some people take it to the extreme; others don't do it all. Like everything else Jesus Christ taught us, balance is critical to being a worthwhile servant of God.   In an interaction with Mary and Martha, the...

Total Immersion

Total Immersion

My circumstances for the last 10 years have been pretty unique. God has put me in a place that has allowed me to learn some pretty cool lessons, via both harrowing experiences and glorious, revelatory, spiritually delicious ones.   If you've read any of my...

Church History Tour

Church History Tour

What we value forever makes a difference.   I am not a great cook. Gratefully this is one of the skills shared by my wife and daughters. Therefore, I benefit every day. Every day!   Before writing this article, I thought about whether I should reveal upfront...

Paradigms, Episode 2: How To Change Your Perspective

Paradigms, Episode 2: How To Change Your Perspective

View "Paradigms, Episode One" here.   As I begin this article, I must tell you that the way we view the world is forever changing. Age, life experience, even when we were born colors our world. The good news is that you can change your personal paradigm, or your...

Never Coming to the Knowledge of the Truth

Never Coming to the Knowledge of the Truth

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Magicians, Astrologers, Sorcerers, Chaldeans I close my eyes and see the wrath of King Nebuchadnezzar in his throne...

Vulnerability

Vulnerability

I have learned so much in my many developmental journeys from breakdown to breakthrough (yes, there’s more than one journey!) and I believe that faith in God is a fundamental requirement that informs our willingness to be vulnerable to the conditions of mortality. I...

Challenges Accepted

Challenges Accepted

As if it isn’t already hard enough to leave my family for a month while completing a necessary military training a thousand miles away, add on the decision to move my family a thousand miles in the other direction to be close to our families and receiving an...

Thankful

Thankful

Teachers often fail to get just due for their important efforts in our behalf.   I had one such teacher in remedial school that I have always said changed my life.   While attending high school, I was enrolled in the normal schedule of classes: math,...

An Ear of Corn Taught Me About Spiritual Gifts

An Ear of Corn Taught Me About Spiritual Gifts

I love corn on the cob. As a child, I watched my father eat corn on the cob with such awe. Dad could eat an ear of corn with precision. By the time he finished, the cob looked like he had taken a sharp knife and cut the corn off. The corn was chewed off in nice neat...

Paradigms, Episode 1: Do It for Yourself

Paradigms, Episode 1: Do It for Yourself

A few months ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. They also found out my thyroid was shutting down. In the time since then, I’ve been getting healthier and feeling better and better. Part of my healing has been a little weight loss. Well, about 20 pounds of...

The Dream of the Mango Spoiled by Procrastination

The Dream of the Mango Spoiled by Procrastination

In my dream, the sun shone brightly through my kitchen window, spilling across my countertops. As I entered the kitchen, I saw a beautiful, ripe, juicy mango sitting on the counter. I smiled as I saw the fruit in its perfection and knew I would love its deliciousness...

Me, My Family, and the Trembling Giant

Me, My Family, and the Trembling Giant

The hypnotizing sway of the aspen branches above where I lay begin transporting me back in time, to a place that felt like holy ground to me. A place where a newly married couple lined the boundaries of their property with the very trees fluttering in the gentle...

Become Spiritually Fit and Eternally Happy

Become Spiritually Fit and Eternally Happy

Lately I’ve written a lot on the subject of keeping the commandments as a source of happiness in our lives. You are probably ready for me to move on already! But I read this wonderful quote and thought you might bear with me just one more time.   George Albert...

Owner of the Priesthood

Owner of the Priesthood

You know Him by many names:   Savior Redeemer The Prince of Peace King of Kings   And many, many more.   In fact, the Bible Dictionary lists dozens of names for Jesus Christ. We are told repeatedly that we can reach heaven only through Him. Jesus said,...

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