Strait-Laced

This article was written to my family — the experiences shared are all true.    Fam,   So I think that you're all pretty confused. Yeah, that's right. You don't really know too much about me. Well, admittedly, it was always my intention to keep you...

Trust and Love

A while back, a friend told me that she has trouble trusting people and that because of this lack of trust, she has trouble loving others. Trust is something I’ve struggled with from time to time, so I’ve pondered about this. It does seem difficult to love when you...

The Importance of Positive Reinforcement

I have always been so impressed with my son’s ABA therapists. They are so positive! And when I took some training to learn a bit more about ABA I learned this amazing secret that makes these therapists even more amazing. They are taught to give five positive,...

Theodore Turley and the Far West Prophecy

Usually, the 24th of July brings to mind my ancestors crossing the plains to the Salt Lake Valley. 117 of my direct ancestors crossed the plains. Some of their journeys began in Norway and Denmark, England and Australia. But most of their treks West began from Nauvoo,...

Father, Forgive Them; For They Know Not What They Do

Yesterday in sacrament meeting at church, the topic our assigned speakers spoke on was love. More specifically they spoke on loving God and loving our neighbors, which are the greatest of all the commandments!   The last single adult to speak began his talk with...

Breakdown Precedes Breakthrough: Part II

This is part two in a two-part series dealing with the theme of abuse (specifically child abuse) and how to heal from it — for both the abused and their loved ones who strive to comfort and care for them. Read the first part here.   I refer to my oldest son as...

The Word of Wisdom Strengthens Families

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are known for many things. One of the most well-known things members are known for, though, is a love of family... And one of the ways we try to show this love is by living what is called the Word of...

In Vain

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

Building a Masterpiece

Our family is in the planning stages of building a home. Since we remodeled our current home a few years ago, we have half an idea of what to expect. We are sure it will be exciting, but equally overwhelming. Every day a contractor will come to the job with the tools...

Autism (ABA) Therapy Works

One of the greatest blessings since my son’s diagnosis has been the ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy he is receiving. He has mastered so many skills that he struggled with before. He learned how to cook simple things for himself, to put on his own band-aids,...

What Does An Eye Single Look Like?

"When the student is ready, the teacher appears." — Lao Tzu   "A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself." — Bruce Lee   I pretty much look for teachers everywhere and in everything....

Fibers and Sinews

The idea for this article came to me after realizing something exceptional about my wife from a few weeks ago. We always know something is wrong when she has trouble staying awake and alert long enough to eat, drink, or take any meds. This usually happens when she is...

Breakdown Precedes Breakthrough: Part I

This is part one in a two-part series dealing with the theme of abuse and how to heal from it — for both the abused and their loved ones (particularly their parents) who strive to comfort and care for them. The next part will come out next Friday, the 19th.   As...

Shouting for Joy

We are told in multiple places, such as Job 38:7, that when we learned of the role of the Savior and His plan for us to come to earth, we shouted for joy. Do you still feel that way?   We teach our children that shouts for joy rang out in the Grand Council in...

When Passion Meets an Introvert

Heavenly Father gave me great gifts. He gave me the gifts of strength, tenacity, and passion. These gifts got me through a childhood of illness when the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. As tiny and sickly as I was, there’s probably no reason why I’m...

Celebrate Differences

Our world is diverse. With technology we are able to interact more with different people. I’ve found that we are far more alike than we are different.

Applying Peter and the Lame Man

Peter and John walked towards the temple and saw a lame man begging for alms. Peter and John "fastened" their eyes on the man and told the man to look at them.   And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.   Then Peter said, Silver...

God’s Diversity of Gifts

God offers each of His children the precise gifts they need. Accepting those gifts with gratitude, rather than obsessing over those we don’t have, brings eternal blessings.

For I Am Not Ashamed

Years ago, as I was preparing to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was told a story that had a powerful influence upon not only my mission, but also the rest of my life.   A young man whom I knew was called to serve a mission...

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