Standing for Christ

Standing for Christ

There is a lot of talk today about staying fit and eating healthy. We have work out schedules, gym memberships, bikes, rock climbing teams, and stringent schedules. I used to get away with just living life on the farm, and a few extracurricular activities were enough....

The Prince of Peace

The Prince of Peace

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (2 Nephi 19 and Isaiah 9)   There have been many...

The Problem With My Service

The Problem With My Service

The concept of service is complicated. Anyone who would tell you that service is easy is selling you something. Acts of service are rarely cut and dried. They are rarely simple. I will explain that later on.   In this multi-part address on service I will explain...

Slaying the Dragon

Slaying the Dragon

From November 1st to December 31st the country and even the rest of the world considers this time as the season of gratitude.  Now that it’s January of 2017, time has passed so quickly that we have a new beginning; a new year.   So many posts, articles and even books...

Missionary Mom’s Club

Missionary Mom’s Club

You know those cool Frank Sinatra Gentlemen’s only clubs? I want a Missionary Mama club. Instead of liquor, there will be chocolate. Instead of dancing girls, there will be honesty. Because, I have discovered that we are a dishonest bunch, we Mormons … we really are....

The Unsticker of Stuckness

The Unsticker of Stuckness

A new year invites us to look at life from a clean, unmarked vantage point. What do we want to accomplish? What talents do we want to develop? What character traits do we want to change?   Something I fascinatingly wonder is do we really see ourselves? Do we love...

Everyday Disciple

Everyday Disciple

I love freedom.  I love to feel free, like a child running with her hair and dress blowing back in the wind, arms open wide.  I want to embrace life, experience all it has to offer and learn all I can.  I push against my limits in long, pressing stretches.   But...

Nourished With the Good Word of God

Nourished With the Good Word of God

I want to meet Jacob. You know … the first born to Lehi's family in the wilderness. If you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about, let me explain. In the Book of Mormon, one of the first prophets we read about is Nephi. He is loved by the people and an...

Finding Our Place in the Last Dispensation

Finding Our Place in the Last Dispensation

This is a dispensation of unbounded and unequaled privilege. With that privilege comes responsibility. Our challenge is to personally come to recognize just how blessed we really are, and what is expected of us because of those blessings.   The first Gospel...

What Does Repentance Have to Do with Goals?

What Does Repentance Have to Do with Goals?

It’s a New Year! To most of us, that means rejuvenation and new life. It’s a time to start fresh with new goals and a new outlook. We fix things that are broken in our lives, and try to make ourselves into better people. Very often, this renewal lasts a short period...

What Happened?!

What Happened?!

Sometimes the Lord gives us interesting trials to help us learn important lessons. This week I have been blessed to have a nasty bacterial infection all across the bottom half of my face. Dry skin peeling from your face is not the most attractive feature a person can...

The Savior’s Embrace

The Savior’s Embrace

Maybe I can't or don't want to. Perhaps I can, but I shouldn't. Either way, I will make the right decision and do it for Him. Perhaps that is the only legitimate reason you can come up with at the time.   When I was a young man, a boy really, I remember doing...

The Name of Jesus Christ

The Name of Jesus Christ

When Mary learned she was to have a divine Son, she was instructed to name him Jesus. Long before Mary knew He was to be her child, however, the Savior had been given many names—Jehovah, the Lamb of God, the Savior, the Redeemer, Jesus Christ. In His lifetime, He...

Stories of Mary

Stories of Mary

The 46-foot statue of Mary on a 26-foot base atop Cerro San Cristóbal stands prominently visible from just about everywhere in Santiago.  As I stood at the base of the beautiful, white statue, I wondered again about Mary’s life. Was her pregnancy difficult? Did she...

What Shall We Give To The Babe In The Manger

What Shall We Give To The Babe In The Manger

What shall we give to the Babe in the manger? What shall we offer the Child in the stall? Incense and spices and gold we've aplenty, are these the gifts of the King of us all? What shall we give to the Boy in the temple? What shall we offer the Man by the sea? Palms...

Jesus Christ and Joey

Jesus Christ and Joey

At Christmastime, we remember the reason for all the world's joy.  And celebrate the day He became a small boy. In our church a person’s membership record includes the date he or she was baptized.  I’ll never forget the moment I laid eyes on my Down syndrome son’s...

The Women at Jesus’s Birth

The Women at Jesus’s Birth

During the Christmas season we often think of Mary the mother of Jesus who was the special handmaiden who brought our Savior into the world. We are thankful for her sacrifice as we wouldn’t have had Jesus if it weren’t for Mary. But there were other women on the scene...

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