Temple Marriage and its Purpose

Temple Marriage and its Purpose

Marriage is a time honored tradition that dates back to Adam and Eve. “Eternal marriage is a principle which was established before the foundation of the world and was instituted on this earth before death came into it. Adam and Eve were given to each other by God in...

The Lord’s Precedence of What to Do In Days of Trouble

The Lord’s Precedence of What to Do In Days of Trouble

Turmoil and trouble reach critical boiling points and violence occurs daily throughout the world. It’s an “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” mentality…get them before they get me.  People are sleeping on their swords and possessions but losing them anyway in their...

Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord

I love going to the beach. One of my earliest memories is of my father holding both of my hands as I toddled into the waves for the first time. Even now, the salty taste of the ocean reminds me of this memory when fear mixed with excitement as I experienced the power...

Vitamin D Deficiency, On the Rise

Vitamin D Deficiency, On the Rise

Vitamin D deficiency is becoming increasingly more common, with some studies showing at least 50% of the North American population testing low for blood levels of this critically important vitamin.   Vitamin D3 which is viewed by many as the most important of the...

Carpenter of Nazareth

Carpenter of Nazareth

Have you ever put yourself in the events of a parable? Of course, you have. We have all asked ourselves which of the ten virgins we would be or stepped into the circumstance of the lost sheep or suffered along with the prodigal son. Whether we play the part of the...

The Dangers of Distraction

The Dangers of Distraction

We have all heard how dangerous it is to drive while distracted.  Hundreds die every year in accidents caused by distracted drivers.  There are billboards along the freeway reminding us that no text is worth dying over. Obviously, I am not the only one distracted by...

Love and Harmony

Love and Harmony

More than a decade ago, the late Church President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008) addressed the topic of racism when speaking to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He powerfully and clearly taught this principle: "No man who makes disparaging...

The Walls that Divide Us

The Walls that Divide Us

Sunday, August 13, 1961, the city of Berlin awoke to discover that a barbed wire fence was strung up during the night, dividing East Berlin from West Berlin. First, only barbed wire and guards prevented people from entering or leaving Soviet-controlled East Berlin....

Return and Report

Return and Report

When I was a young deputy team lead at the office, I would occasionally be the acting lead when my manager was on vacation or traveling for work.  I didn’t have any real concept of the all the issues she handled on a daily basis, but it felt as if the sky was falling...

Harmony

Harmony

I have felt to address a touchy subject.   If you know me well, you know my tendency is to get along with others. My inclination is to avoid contentious situations and uplift and build others. At least that’s my intention. But when something has to be said, I’m...

Convictions, Beliefs, and Religion

Convictions, Beliefs, and Religion

Convictions and beliefs:  What does all that have to do with religion? — Tim Allen, “Home Improvement”   I was watching old reruns of “Home Improvement” starring Tim Allen the other day, and I just cracked up when I heard him say this. After I quit laughing, I...

Jesus Said Love Everyone

Jesus Said Love Everyone

"Jesus said love everyone. Treat them kindly too. When your heart is filled with love, others will love you."     Those are the words to a song we teach our youngest children in Primary. It's a peaceful song, full of hope. It is the opposite of what I've been...

The Lord Had Blessed Me In My Honesty

The Lord Had Blessed Me In My Honesty

Ever since I was fourteen years old, I’d felt someday I would have my ham radio operator’s license. Not sure why. It wasn’t that I knew anybody with a ham radio, let alone anyone with a license. But that idea had been planted in my brain and so it stuck.  ...

What a Puzzle Vision Taught Me about Diverse Unity

What a Puzzle Vision Taught Me about Diverse Unity

As I sat on the stand as the substitute chorister, I scanned faces of the ward members, pausing at each sister. How is she? What were her struggles this week? Is her relationship with the Savior stronger this week than last week?   I marveled at how different...

How to Deal With Wounded Feelings

How to Deal With Wounded Feelings

How comfortable are you with intimacy? I'm talking about honest-to-goodness emotional intimacy. Where you share with another person your feelings, your concerns, and the thoughts of your heart?   So many of us, as we've passed through life, have been hurt.  But...

Know Your True Identity

Know Your True Identity

With the birth of my 12th grandchild a few weeks ago, I found myself reflecting on our time here on earth. This little granddaughter came earlier than expected weighing only 3 lbs 9oz., but she is a fighter and soon was strong enough to breathe on her own.  She was so...

Walking Through Doors

Walking Through Doors

Have you ever walked into a building with two sets of doors, an outer and an inner set?  There might be a small foyer in between for dropping off wet umbrellas, etc.  I am in that small foyer area, surrounded by glass.  It is beautiful outside, so I’m holding the door...

Taking Risks

Taking Risks

I have a long-time mentor at work.  I first met her when she was my boss and I had finally earned a leadership role in the organization.  In those years it seemed we were doing a lot of on the job training, and we had a very diverse group of people. We were also...

My Golf Hole In One

My Golf Hole In One

My son-in-law is an accomplished golfer. I mean, he is not a professional or anything, but he is a good amateur golfer—a lot better than me. He just graduated from college with his master’s degree and is now in the job search with several promising opportunities...

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