In vain

For some reason, I have been reminiscing recently with some old songs and artists from my youth: Jim Croce, England Dan and John Ford Coley, Simon & Garfunkel.  You may be familiar with them or not--I realize they are ancient.     Those musicians still...

Build Relationships – Look in Your Children’s Eyes

How much do you look into your children's eyes? No, not just glance their way, but actually look deeply into your son's or daughter's eyes while talking to them?   It seems an odd question, perhaps, but start looking around. Start noticing the interactions of...

Inestimable Treasure

I remember sitting in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) years ago, listening to a powerful speaker talk about the Bible and its history. I was a new missionary, surrounded by hundreds of other missionaries. One of the church's leaders (called a General Authority)...

The Church Is Full of Hypocrites

Paralyzed by the 'to-dos', I escaped. The walk along a mountain ridge brought clarity and renewed sense of purpose as the sun burst through the clouds with illuminating morning light.   None of the overwhelm had changed. I needed to change that myself.  ...

Let’s Discuss Mini-Missions

Should there be “mini-missions”?   Technically, a “mini-mission” is a two week mission call that can be extended to an older youth. However, in the mission field, missionaries refer to those called on two-transfer missions as “mini-missionaries.” For the purposes...

The Glorious Prize Box

I have struggled to get my son to do anything lately.  For some reason the only phrases he seems to remember start with no. No way, no how, no chance.  It was getting VERY old to say the least.  He would not leave the house, even to go to church.     He seemed to...

Pursuing Passion

This week I got fired before I got hired.  It was an incredible let-down letter.  The principal said that she didn’t want to hire anyone to teach at her school who didn’t want to be there.  Instead of letting it discourage me, I wrote her back.  Who wouldn’t want to...

When Your Ward Sucks

I have to start off by telling you that this is not a rant post.  Keep reading, it will surprise you.   I grew up in the Midwest and on the east coast, in the USA.  And then I moved to Utah.  I learned many things by observing the congregations I was a part of....

Learning From Our Heritage

My dad used to tell us to learn from the mistakes of others. He warned us that we would make enough mistakes on our own without repeating the mistakes of others. I think I can take that one step further. What if we learned good character traits of others so that we...

Reflection

See your reflection in Christ   A few weeks ago I asked the question “Have you ever wondered if you would have accepted Jesus Christ’s message had you been living in Jerusalem in those days?”   Regardless of your response then, you are answering that very...

The Undetected Infestation in the Healthy Cabinet

Everything felt normal when I woke that morning. I perused my usual things sliding into the day. Then, just as I decided to get going, I read the comments on a video featuring a beautiful young woman. They distressed my soul. The controversy leaped off the page....

Ticks: What are the Risks?

In my last article I talked about ways to keep pests like mosquitoes and ticks from invading your yard and ruining outdoor outings. In this article I would like to focus on ticks and the dangers they present as well as what symptoms to look out for if you think you...

My Mormon Experience Learning About Jewish Shabbat

Rabbi Geri Newburge warmly welcomes the Philadelphia Interfaith Visionary Women’s Council for the final session of 2017’s interfaith experiences.  We gather in the Mainline Reform Temple, Beth Elohim, located in Wynnewood, just outside of Philadelphia.  On this...

The Gift

I am surrounded by talented and artistic people in and out of my family: illustrators, artists, graphic designers, and interior decorators to name just a few.   Remember the classic old movie set in the depression of the mid-1930s. A 12-year-old boy who has very...

The Atonement of Christ isn’t For Me

This article was previously published on Ty James Knight   You are worthless.   Let’s face it, no matter how hard you try, you will never be good enough, smart enough, wise enough, responsible enough, you will always fall short of what you want to...

I See a Light

I feel so grateful for the progress my son has made in the last few months.  I see a light at the end of the tunnel.  And I wanted to share a few of the things I have done to help him.  As I mentioned previously, we pulled him out of public school and started teaching...

Answering Kids’ Unanswerable Questions

One thing you can always count on when it comes to kids is their ability to ask more questions than you could possibly ever know the answer to, starting with “How did the stars get up in the sky?” to the ever-annoying repetition of one word – “Why?”   How do you...

DO the Work, Faith Will Come

I served a mission because it was expected.   As I served with various companions, I learned that each had come out to serve in the mission field for different reasons. Honestly, the reasons were as varied as the missionaries themselves. So, when you ask a...

Choosing Good Friends

My daughter came home one day, her normally cheerful face taking on a weighty look. Though I ached to jump right in and demand she tell me what was wrong, I mentally restrained myself and waited for her to come to me.   Fortunately for my blood pressure, it...

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