When You List Your Personal Strengths, Are You Remembering This One?

We really, really look forward to Mondays. That’s “Email Day” around here. Each week I update our missionary-son, Landon, on our lives and share a short gospel principle that’s, hopefully, encouraging. I also ask him three to five questions about himself and his mission experience. Last week one of my questions invited him to listContinue reading “When You List Your Personal Strengths, Are You Remembering This One?”

A Letter to Our Missionary Son…

Our oldest son has spent 6 weeks in the Missionary Training Center in Mexico City and recently flew to Guadalajara where he will spend the next 22 months or so. We email him each week and I try to write a letter to him each week as well…Here is a recent letter I sent, hopingContinue reading “A Letter to Our Missionary Son…”

To Our Graduating Son: You’ve Made This Much, Much Harder Than it Needed to Be…

Dear Oldest Son…You graduate tomorrow! It is so hard for me to wrap my head around this. You were our “little guy” for a long time, then our “big guy” for awhile, and all of the sudden you are a man. It happened that fast. Probably happened faster for us than you. So graduation willContinue reading “To Our Graduating Son: You’ve Made This Much, Much Harder Than it Needed to Be…”

An Open Letter to My Wife on Our 20th Anniversary….

Today, in about an hour actually, is the twentieth anniversary of the day Janese and I were married… Dearest Janese, Here we are on our 20th anniversary. We have no big plans today. No grand gestures. We’re pretty busy and will probably have to save most of the celebrating for this summer when there isContinue reading “An Open Letter to My Wife on Our 20th Anniversary….”

The New “Happiest Place on Earth”…

Short and wonderful experience: Our youngest daughter and I were driving home from her play practice. She is a “rosebud” in the school play, Alice in Wonderland,┬áso the practices are grueling. As we neared our house, the local radio station was announcing their most recent contest to give away a week-long vacation to Disneyland. TheContinue reading “The New “Happiest Place on Earth”…”

Why I Don’t Feel Angry With the “Ordain Women” Group…

Disclaimer: I have faith in my Savior Jesus Christ and His decision to use prophets and apostles to direct His church here upon the earth. Jesus really is the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. So, there you have it. That is where I stand on that. Second disclaimer: I’ve purposelyContinue reading “Why I Don’t Feel Angry With the “Ordain Women” Group…”

How to Magnify a Calling That *Isn’t* Yours…

Misleading title. I know. Give me just a second… We spend much time discussing how we can magnify the callings we receive. Often, the callings we have are quite demanding and the efforts we put into magnifying those callings are sacred efforts. But what do you do when your spouse is called to serve inContinue reading “How to Magnify a Calling That *Isn’t* Yours…”

How Fertilizing My Lawn Taught Me About Child Rearing…

It may not seem exactly like it, but it is Spring around here. We’ve had sun, cold, rain, snow, sleet, high winds and beautiful days. So, I suppose that is exactly what Spring is in Utah. The warmer temperatures have melted the snow so now you can see the grass in people’s yards. Of course,Continue reading “How Fertilizing My Lawn Taught Me About Child Rearing…”

Having “The Talk” with My Children…(Yes, this is about sex)

Ok, wait a second. I’m not really going to share exactly what my children and I discussed during “The Talk”. None of your business, really. Plus, we don’t really have “The Talk” with our children. We have talks. A number of them. You think we can cover everything a young person should know about sexContinue reading “Having “The Talk” with My Children…(Yes, this is about sex)”