Glimpse

$32.33.  That was the total at the drive-up window.   "Dad, thanks so much for getting us a bite-to-eat. Do you want us to Venmo you the money for dinner?"   First of all, my son and his family had picked me up from work, and we were driving up to see the lights at...

The Atonement of Jesus Christ

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the supreme act of goodness and grace that only a god could perform. Through it, all of the terms and conditions of the Father’s eternal plan of salvation became operative.   Through it are brought to pass the immortality and eternal...

Make Kindness Cool Again

This is a call to arms. The world has enough mean spirited, self centered people. It’s time we make kindness cool again.   A friend of mine is a fellow autism mom. She recently shared a story about going to a youth activity at her church to pick up her son. He entered...

Breaking the Rules Ends Badly

The Little White Handbook. Every missionary carries one and every rule is supposed to be followed. Yet, as our missionary shares with us, most missionaries do not follow all of the rules.   A Lesson from My Youth   I would like to share an experience from my youth. In...

My Husband: My Other Child

FYI To My Readers – I did celebrate “Pi Day” on March 14th with a Marie Callender’s Razzleberry Pie – my favorite!   Sometimes women joke that their husband is really their “other” child. I love to laugh, and I don’t have a problem with lighthearted humor. However, I...

10 Roadblocks to Discipleship

I’ve been thinking about the distractions and roadblocks that keep us from good discipleship. I can’t speak for anyone but myself, so let me share some of my roadblocks and stumbling stones, and maybe you can relate. Some of these roadblocks I’ve overcome, some I’ve...

We Can’t Do It Alone

The question is simple. Independence is good, right? We are taught as children that we should be self-sufficient and autonomous. Standing on your own two feet isn’t as easy as it sounds, however—like many things.   We moved to the country when I was a young boy, so I...

When School Lunch Time is Too Short

This article was previously published on Abby's blog on Patheos.com.  We have recently begun homeschooling. And it has opened my eyes to how much time is wasted in a public school day. But one thing was always so rigidly adhered to that you'd think the school day was...

A Teacher Appears to a Student Prepared and Ready

Last week, I shared how a teacher appeared to help me along my journey. "When the student is ready, the teacher appears." The concept dances before my eyes and challenges me to find examples of other significant teachers appearing for students.  I feel like it's a...

Obedience

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” ~Eleanor...

Workplace Bully

Apparently, a generation or two ago, the white-collar workplace was a much tougher environment. People yelled at each other and humiliated each other to get the jobs done – well, at least, those are the stories I’ve heard. And it may still be that way in some places....

Promises Kept

Some time ago, there was a significant challenge in my life. It stemmed from a struggle within my family that was beyond my ability to handle. Fortunately, I did not have to face it alone. I sought help from family, the bishop, and the Lord.   Despite our best...

What is Mortality About?

We’ve talked about premortality (Where Did I Come From?) before, so lets examine the next phase in our eternal existence: mortality, also known as our Second Estate. From Teachings of the Presidents: Spencer W. Kimball, we read: We understood well before we came to...

What Jesus Prayed About

We're commanded to pray. What do you pray for and about?   My life's been full of typical prayers with very few exceptions.  One memorable pray-er attended the Hau'ula 2nd Ward too.  She stood to pray to close Relief Society and instead of saying the usual things, she...

Missionary Safeguards in Social Media

Open your gospel library app; scroll down and open the ‘Missionary’ tab; then scroll down and open ‘Safeguards for Using Technology.’ You have now discovered incredible tools that are not just for missionaries, but for ALL members to use!   This last week, I trained a...

Leaving A Legacy: Part II

“At some point in our lives, it should become less about our personal accomplishments and accolades, and more about the legacy we leave behind us.” I said this to a dear friend of mine a couple of years ago.   My friend considered her legacy as the legacy her...

Blessed Are Those that Mourn

The Savior's statement, "Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted," is like a healing balm for the wounded soul. When I reflect on that statement, I can’t help but ask myself several questions. What does it mean to mourn? What are the causes of...

Faith First, Pain Second, Miracle Third

This post was originally published on MormonHub on November 15th, 2016. Minor changes have been made.   I heard it in seminary. I heard it in institute. I heard it in devotionals, in religion classes, and in Sunday School. By the time I’d finished my religion credits...

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