The Fall

I grew up in a garden.  Like Adam and Eve had everything they needed with little effort, as a child, I did too.  My parents loved each other, loved the Lord and loved me.  I had food every day.  Even my voracious curiosity was fed.  It was a paradise.     At home...

Bible Videos

I teach a family history class. Frequently, I don’t really know how the class is going to proceed until it happens. The scripture “I will give you in the moment…” comes to mind. John Bytheway once said that he can hardly wait to go to a fireside where he will be...

Joy

What is the purpose of life? We’re here to gain a body and a family, to learn, to be tested, to develop faith, and ultimately to return to our Heavenly Father. However, the Book of Mormon also offers another interesting perspective on the purpose of our time here on...

Keeping Families Together in the Last Days

It is tough living in 2017. Fear and anger are running amuck. The world is a scary place right now. Watching the news is downright depressing—not to mention social media. It is so easy to get caught up in all that fear and anger. Is there no balm in Gilead? (Jeremiah...

Sariah’s Conversion

Our Stake President asked us to read an unmarked Book of Mormon, looking specifically for examples of the Savior's atonement. The last time I KNOW I read through an unmarked copy of the Book of Mormon was in 1991. I can't remember if I have read an unmarked copy since...

Monday is My Fun Day!

Every week, missionaries get one day to take care of their personal needs for the week. This day is called their preparation day, or P-day. Mundane tasks like laundry, grocery shopping, haircuts, etc. are all taken care of once a week.   It is also the day when...

Understanding the Atonement

One of the most important, if not the most important aspect of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the Atonement.  Adam fell.  We know he did this.  He needed to so mankind could come to the earth.   To help us get back to our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ sacrificed...

Mending Fences

When I was a young man living with my family in the country, farm life was anything but glamorous. Out of necessity we learned that some chores couldn’t wait. Milking cows, watering fields, planting gardens, and pruning orchards had a schedule all of their own.  ...

The Honking During the Hymn

Today at church we had Stake Conference, where many congregations (called Wards) met together.  I think our Stake has 10 congregations all together.  So it was a bigger crowd than on a usual Sunday.  The meeting was very uplifting, and the chance to see friends in...

When Your Problems Are Bigger Than You

One day I read an article by a college freshman who bragged about having become an atheist that year. Her reasons seemed to have more to do with wanting to rebel against her parents than with any carefully thought out reasoning, but one aspect of her article stood out...

Are You Lonely At Church?

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly."   Today I walked into the temple towards a new smiling face. My friend and I attend the temple pretty much every week at the same time and know most of the ladies on that shift now. I smiled at the new smiling...

Make Friends to Make Converts

A few Sundays back, as I stood in the foyer, one of the ladies in our congregation came up to me and started sharing how wonderful dinner was the night before. She had been invited to have dinner with a family in our congregation. This family is known for reaching out...

Loss

When Tragedy Strikes   Last weekend I had the most wonderful opportunity to attend a special conference for Widows and Widowers of my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints – LDS Church). We spent two days listening, visiting, laughing and...

Lost!

I Can’t Find My Baby!   You know that feeling when you can’t find your young child?  Did you flinch and begin to feel that sinking feeling as you read this title?  Everyone knows that first jolt of alarm when realizing that they’re unable to spot their little...

Rescued

I am an avid sports fan. Perhaps you are, too. Sporting events are fun to watch and I believe can be beneficial to all those involved. So I would like to pose a question for your consideration:   When is the game or contest won? Is it when one team doubles its...

There is Good in Everyone

My dad used to tell me that you can learn something from everyone you meet. You don’t have to like everyone you meet, but if you have respect for that person as a fellow traveler on this planet, I submit that Dad was right. He was right because there is good in...

One More Valentine

If you didn’t get a valentine this year, it doesn’t mean you are unloved. Your Heavenly Father and your Savior will always love you.

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