2017 Goals, Projects, Challenges, and Zuckerberg…

I set almost the same goals every year. Basically they have to do with journal writing, scripture study, prayer, and exercise. At this point they’re not really goals or New Year’s resolutions. They’re just reminders of things I’m already planning on doing. And that’s kind of lame but I get stuff done every year soContinue reading “2017 Goals, Projects, Challenges, and Zuckerberg…”

One last “Dad Time”…

Kinda weird to recognize “lasts” before they happen. Usually we don’t think of something as being our “last time” until after it has happened and then there is a death or something and we don’t get the chance to do it again, whatever “it” is. Not this time. I’ve known this “last” was coming for years.Continue reading “One last “Dad Time”…”

The 25th Anniversary of Starting My Mormon Mission…

It has been 25 years, today. July 3, 1991…I was 19 years old and my parents and brothers and I were at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah, saying our goodbyes. They were going to drive off and leave me there… I had never lived away from home up to that point sinceContinue reading “The 25th Anniversary of Starting My Mormon Mission…”

Why I’m Not So Ready to Give Up My Anxiety Quite Yet…

Let me start by saying that I don’t think my anxiety is like anyone else’s. Therefore, my experience isn’t meant to be a pattern for anyone. If the following is helpful, wonderful… But it may not be. I remember thinking that I’d give almost anything to get rid of the anxiety. I would see peopleContinue reading “Why I’m Not So Ready to Give Up My Anxiety Quite Yet…”

What I’m Reading (and How I’m Getting it) When I’m Not Reading the Scriptures…

It is going to sound more impressive than it is (especially once I’ve explained the caveats) but I haven’t missed a day of scripture study since at least July 1991. Probably a bit earlier than that. I’m not that smart, nor am I known for being overly committed to anything. And there have been numerousContinue reading “What I’m Reading (and How I’m Getting it) When I’m Not Reading the Scriptures…”

“Challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously…”

I have new practice of filling my extra time with interesting reading and then grabbing the highlights and organizing them in a way that helps me retrieve them when needed. I’ll go into this new habit soon enough. Today, I want to focus on one of the gems of some recent study. I always thoughtContinue reading ““Challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously…””

I’m Brian Mickelson and This is How I Work…

I’m copying here. Total copycat. But if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then my message is clear. I love the Lifehacker’s “This is How I Work” series of articles. No, I mean, I love these articles. I found them through the blog Art of Manliness, where Brett McKay did a similar thing andContinue reading “I’m Brian Mickelson and This is How I Work…”

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….”

27 Principles I Learned While Serving in the LDS Church…

It has been nine years since I was called to be a bishop and about three since I was released. Those were busy, happy, sometimes lonely, often fun, and long days and times. I remember that season of our lives very, very positively. Some time in the middle of all of that I started makingContinue reading “27 Principles I Learned While Serving in the LDS Church…”

The Power of Obedience (A Tribute to President E. Gordon Wells)…

I recently heard that my old stake president from when I was a young man is struggling in his health and may pass away shortly. I wish it was different and have been praying for him and his family for awhile now. His children and grandchildren are very close to him and will miss himContinue reading “The Power of Obedience (A Tribute to President E. Gordon Wells)…”