The Unsticker of Stuckness

A new year invites us to look at life from a clean, unmarked vantage point. What do we want to accomplish? What talents do we want to develop? What character traits do we want to change?   Something I fascinatingly wonder is do we really see ourselves? Do we love...

Everyday Disciple

I love freedom.  I love to feel free, like a child running with her hair and dress blowing back in the wind, arms open wide.  I want to embrace life, experience all it has to offer and learn all I can.  I push against my limits in long, pressing stretches.   But...

Nourished With the Good Word of God

I want to meet Jacob. You know … the first born to Lehi's family in the wilderness. If you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about, let me explain. In the Book of Mormon, one of the first prophets we read about is Nephi. He is loved by the people and an...

Finding Our Place in the Last Dispensation

This is a dispensation of unbounded and unequaled privilege. With that privilege comes responsibility. Our challenge is to personally come to recognize just how blessed we really are, and what is expected of us because of those blessings.   The first Gospel...

What Does Repentance Have to Do with Goals?

It’s a New Year! To most of us, that means rejuvenation and new life. It’s a time to start fresh with new goals and a new outlook. We fix things that are broken in our lives, and try to make ourselves into better people. Very often, this renewal lasts a short period...

What Happened?!

Sometimes the Lord gives us interesting trials to help us learn important lessons. This week I have been blessed to have a nasty bacterial infection all across the bottom half of my face. Dry skin peeling from your face is not the most attractive feature a person can...

The Savior’s Embrace

Maybe I can't or don't want to. Perhaps I can, but I shouldn't. Either way, I will make the right decision and do it for Him. Perhaps that is the only legitimate reason you can come up with at the time.   When I was a young man, a boy really, I remember doing...

The Name of Jesus Christ

When Mary learned she was to have a divine Son, she was instructed to name him Jesus. Long before Mary knew He was to be her child, however, the Savior had been given many names—Jehovah, the Lamb of God, the Savior, the Redeemer, Jesus Christ. In His lifetime, He...

Stories of Mary

The 46-foot statue of Mary on a 26-foot base atop Cerro San Cristóbal stands prominently visible from just about everywhere in Santiago.  As I stood at the base of the beautiful, white statue, I wondered again about Mary’s life. Was her pregnancy difficult? Did she...

What Shall We Give To The Babe In The Manger

What shall we give to the Babe in the manger? What shall we offer the Child in the stall? Incense and spices and gold we've aplenty, are these the gifts of the King of us all? What shall we give to the Boy in the temple? What shall we offer the Man by the sea? Palms...

Jesus Christ and Joey

At Christmastime, we remember the reason for all the world's joy.  And celebrate the day He became a small boy. In our church a person’s membership record includes the date he or she was baptized.  I’ll never forget the moment I laid eyes on my Down syndrome son’s...

The Women at Jesus’s Birth

During the Christmas season we often think of Mary the mother of Jesus who was the special handmaiden who brought our Savior into the world. We are thankful for her sacrifice as we wouldn’t have had Jesus if it weren’t for Mary. But there were other women on the scene...

Focus on Jesus Christ

When I was a small boy in primary, we sang songs about going on our way to grandmother's house and Give Said the Little Stream. I remember these songs fondly and still carry the tunes and words in my mind many years later. Since I lived in southern Utah as a young...

We Are All Teachers

There has been a sense of peace within me since I went to the temple to take out my own endowments. And with that peace has come an urgency to really focus on teaching my daughter the gospel.  It’s so funny how everything kind of rolls into one.     Yesterday in...

Don’t Ignore the Miracles

The sun came softly through my bedroom window as I tried to focus on the alarm clock to see the time. Deciding I had a few minutes before I needed to move, I looked out the window and watched a squirrel run back and forth from the fence to the tree. A second squirrel...

3 Apocryphal Nativity Stories

I love the Nativity! I've always felt a sense of awe and wonder in reading about Jesus' birth. As I've grown, I've enjoyed finding Apocryphal versions of the story. And while there are obvious biases based on the translator's theological slant and discrepancies...

Be Men

“Nearly two thousand years ago a perfect Man walked the earth—Jesus the Christ. … In His life, all the virtues were lived and kept in perfect balance; He taught men truth—that they might be free; His example and precepts provide the great standard—the only sure...

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