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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Smile

We just endured the sixth surgery of our one-year-old little girl. She has had three heart surgeries and three bowel surgeries. This last surgery was to reverse the colostomy, which happened to be the first surgery she received three days into life.   We were...

Hasten His Coming

I had an interesting discussion with my wife this morning. The conversation was spurred on by news about the challenges of our day. Many have heard about the disparaging obituary for President Thomas S. Monson written by the New York Times. I have not read it. I never...

On Being Mad at God

There's something I've been thinking about a lot lately, and while it's not doctrine (so don't quote me on this!), I've come to a conclusion: it's okay to be angry at God. Well, kind of.   Here's the thing: God doesn't NEED you to be His friend. He doesn't need...

From Busyness to Productive Impact

We bought a Roomba to confront the daily household dog hair and dust invasion. We weren't willing to get rid of the dog and I want the windows open. So an automatic, robotic vacuum cleaner provided a great solution.   Roomba sometimes seems like a toddler. When...

Seek Not to Counsel the Lord

Have you ever been faced with a personal problem in which you felt you knew exactly how the problem should be solved, but also knew it was beyond your ability to solve it? Have you ever been tempted to go to the Lord and say, “Okay, God, here’s the problem and here’s...

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