I Usually Don’t Know it’s Revelation…

Personal revelation is a tricky thing. Too much of it and our agency may be infringed upon. Too little of it and we’re literally on our own, rudderless in a sense. Receiving direction from the heavens when needed in quite a blessing–a miracle in any sense of the word. The problem is, I’m not expert,Continue reading “I Usually Don’t Know it’s Revelation…”

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…”

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…”

Our Responsibility With the Messages of Church Leaders…

The word “responsibility” means the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. (Google) I want to share a few thoughts regarding the responsibility we all have when it comes to “messages”. Yes, I’m driving at something here, but I want to be delicate and yetContinue reading “Our Responsibility With the Messages of Church Leaders…”

So You’re Attending a Mormon Worship Service? (Mormonism 101)…

This post is for you. Well, what I mean is, this post is intended for a person who was recently invited to attend a Mormon worship service. Attending church with the Mormons is a lot like other church’s services, but also different. Hopefully this post will help make your first trip more enjoyable. First ofContinue reading “So You’re Attending a Mormon Worship Service? (Mormonism 101)…”

“Practicing” Living the Gospel…

I was searching for a few verses regarding the law of chastity (for a lesson) a few days ago and came across a very, very hopeful verse. In March of 1831, the Lord admonished Joseph with these words: “And ye must practice virtue and holiness before me continually. Even so. Amen.” (D&C 46:33) The obviously important wordContinue reading ““Practicing” Living the Gospel…”

No More Guilt Over Personal Scripture Study…

Though meant to be inspiring, there is a verse of scripture in the Book of Mormon that has probably led to more guilt than one would think. It is a favorite, and at the same time kind of a little painful to contemplate: “Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak theContinue reading “No More Guilt Over Personal Scripture Study…”

A Mormon View of Marital Equality…

Ok, yes, the title is a little misleading. It should say, “This Mormon’s View of Marital Equality”…because it is just my view. I know people would like to argue this point a little, but no two Mormons are alike, so I can’t speak for the rest of the members of the LDS church. This isContinue reading “A Mormon View of Marital Equality…”

Of Course God Answers Our Prayers…(aka, “An Insight from Elder David A. Bednar”)

Sometimes I think we miss answers to prayers because we look for the wrong answers. We expect to have God answer our prayers in the way we asked, in faith, and that may be the problem. Well, that may sometimes be the problem. God often answers our prayers by granting the blessings we’ve asked for.Continue reading “Of Course God Answers Our Prayers…(aka, “An Insight from Elder David A. Bednar”)”

Can You Be Really Smart and Be a Mormon, Too?

Sometimes, not always, but sometimes some of the “opponents” of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints claim that the more education you receive, the less likely you are to stay a faithful Mormon. In fact, the claim may go along the lines that the more you know about the universe, the less youContinue reading “Can You Be Really Smart and Be a Mormon, Too?”