Some Suggested Questions for Your Autobiography

I used a small, spiral bound book that had 365 questions about my childhood to write a short autobiography. Answering over 300 questions can sound a little overwhelming, so why don’t you start with five(-ish)? Type these questions up and then take some time to type up the answers. You can save your work inContinue reading “Some Suggested Questions for Your Autobiography”

The Gift of Tongues, Courage, and Our Son the Missionary (a letter to Landon)…

I wrote to Landon today and sent the letter through the Church’s “pouch” system, which is great but slow. Not knowing exactly when the letter will arrive in Mexico, I tried to share some ideas with him that will not be “old” no matter when the letter arrives. Here’s part of the letter: “Dear LandonContinue reading “The Gift of Tongues, Courage, and Our Son the Missionary (a letter to Landon)…”

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…”

My Experience With an Update in Church Policy…

I’ll try to keep it brief. I felt some surprise last night when I opened up my browser to find an update in Church policy regarding married gay couples and their children. My gift of being prone to anxiety (with her soul sister, “over-reaction”) caused some immediate feelings of either dread, panic, anxiety, or worryContinue reading “My Experience With an Update in Church Policy…”

No One Can Make Me Believe, and No One Can Make Me Choose Otherwise…

I had a moment of clarity some time ago regarding belief, faith, testimony, and knowledge. Things are a little more simple for me now, and more peaceful. And, in fact, I feel like I can put my drive and effort and heart into what I think are the most important things in life now…I thoughtContinue reading “No One Can Make Me Believe, and No One Can Make Me Choose Otherwise…”

An Increased Likelihood of Personal Revelation…

Everyone knows that Lehi “dwelt in a tent” (1 Nephi 2:15). Common knowledge if you’re a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You probably also know that Lehi was on the wealthy side of life during his life in Jerusalem because he left his riches when he left Jerusalem, listing goldContinue reading “An Increased Likelihood of Personal Revelation…”

MyPlan.lds.org, and a Pattern for Transitions…

My friend and colleague recently posted a link to MyPlan.lds.org, where returning missionaries will put together and follow through on plans that will make their transition from full-time missionary to returned-missionary a little easier and more effective. Interestingly, their first “learning experience” relating to returning home successfully will take place before they enter the MTC.Continue reading “MyPlan.lds.org, and a Pattern for Transitions…”

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…”