The Atonement of Christ isn’t For Me

The Atonement of Christ isn’t For Me

This article was previously published on Ty James Knight   You are worthless.   Let’s face it, no matter how hard you try, you will never be good enough, smart enough, wise enough, responsible enough, you will always fall short of what you want to...

I See a Light

I See a Light

I feel so grateful for the progress my son has made in the last few months.  I see a light at the end of the tunnel.  And I wanted to share a few of the things I have done to help him.  As I mentioned previously, we pulled him out of public school and started teaching...

Answering Kids’ Unanswerable Questions

Answering Kids’ Unanswerable Questions

One thing you can always count on when it comes to kids is their ability to ask more questions than you could possibly ever know the answer to, starting with “How did the stars get up in the sky?” to the ever-annoying repetition of one word – “Why?”   How do you...

DO the Work, Faith Will Come

DO the Work, Faith Will Come

I served a mission because it was expected.   As I served with various companions, I learned that each had come out to serve in the mission field for different reasons. Honestly, the reasons were as varied as the missionaries themselves. So, when you ask a...

Choosing Good Friends

Choosing Good Friends

My daughter came home one day, her normally cheerful face taking on a weighty look. Though I ached to jump right in and demand she tell me what was wrong, I mentally restrained myself and waited for her to come to me.   Fortunately for my blood pressure, it...

Confession

Confession

I know this is not necessarily the best time or place to render this admission, but I have a confession to make.   When Jesus Christ was on the earth and he called his twelve apostles, he taught them his gospel and set for them a perfect example. They had the...

Family Stories through Family E-mail

Family Stories through Family E-mail

For a number of years my extended family kept in touch via family e-mail. Often someone would say something like, “Do you remember …?” Or someone would tell a story from our childhood and everyone else would jump on with comments. It didn’t take me long to figure out...

“I Do Always Those Things that Please Christ”

“I Do Always Those Things that Please Christ”

It is inspiring to realize that every admonition to which Christ invites us, He has lead the way. Jesus gently implored "come follow me" (Luke 18: 22) and then provided the perfect example of how we should live.   Jesus taught that we should lose our lives for...

My Story of Changing Darkness to Light

My Story of Changing Darkness to Light

Last year, I shared pretty publicly the struggle I had with suicidal thoughts after miscarrying in an article called “Saved From Suicide.”   I feel compelled to share a recent experience that gives me hope that not only can those feelings be managed one day at a...

Book of Mormon in 40 Days

Book of Mormon in 40 Days

This morning I speak about the power of the Book of Mormon and the critical need we have as members of this Church to study, ponder, and apply its teachings in our lives. The importance of having a firm and sure testimony of the Book of Mormon cannot be overstated....

The Beauty of Personal Revelation

The Beauty of Personal Revelation

Main Source: Elder Dallin H. Oaks, "The Message: Eight Ways God Can Speak to You" New Era, Sep 2004, 4 -- From a devotional address given at Brigham Young University on 29 September 1981.   I mentioned in my post How a new Apostle is Chosen that personal...

Summer Time Pests

Summer Time Pests

I have always been a strong advocate for spending as much time out of doors as you can. There are many benefits to be derived from walking, biking, gardening, simply sitting out on the porch or lying in a hammock.   According to Clare Cooper Marcus, professor...

The Race of Life

The Race of Life

I love a good story.   Some of my favorites come from family or personal experiences; others come from third parties that have a brilliant message to share. Regardless, they are worth repeating and remembering. You decide:   During the 1968 Olympics in...

Assuming the Answers

Assuming the Answers

There have been many times in my life when I have been like Captain Moroni.   I should probably be specific, because no, I haven't led armies into battle, nor have I been a standard bearer to encourage people to go into battle. I guess it could be said that...

Preparedness – An Everyday Lifestyle

Preparedness – An Everyday Lifestyle

Preparedness raises many feelings amongst those who hear the word. For some, it reminds them of "Emergency Preparedness" - something most frightening and overwhelming.   For others, the word "preparedness" conjures up something you do should you get laid off from...

More than just Temple work

More than just Temple work

Upon hearing the term, work for the dead, many Latter-Day Saints think only of the actual performance of temple ordinances. But there are many other ways to contribute.   In the June 1989 Ensign Article Family History: "In Wisdom and Order" Elder Dallin H. Oaks...

The Leaf Without Its Tree, Without Its Purpose

The Leaf Without Its Tree, Without Its Purpose

The leaf bobbed on the sea, swirling, twirling, dunking with the waves.   I watched from the side of a shark cage adventure boat three miles from the shore and wondered about the leaf's journey so far away from the shore. I'd loved my time in the cage looking...

Assumptions

Assumptions

“Errant assumptions lie at the root of every failure” according to Peter Drucker.     In No Excuses, Brian Tracy warns that you must have “tremendous self-discipline and character to face the possibility that you could be wrong in your most cherished assumptions...

The Song I Cannot Sing

The Song I Cannot Sing

Performing beautiful musical renditions is not my strong point, so I am grateful for those who share their musical abilities. Near and far, we are fortunate with today’s technology to enjoy their talents.   Have you ever found yourself weeping at the end of a...

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