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?”

She Wasn’t the Only One Who Touched the Savior’s Robe…

Notice how narrow the streets of Jerusalem are in the older parts of the city.¬†And since many of the streets in the ancient parts of town haven’t shrunk, it makes sense that the streets in the Savior’s time would’ve been quite narrow as well. My guess is, walking up and down these streets would’ve beenContinue reading “She Wasn’t the Only One Who Touched the Savior’s Robe…”

He Knows More Than Your Name…

Ever since I was a very young man, I have been impressed with the idea that when God came to visit Joseph Smith in 1820, He didn’t call him “Case #5663243” or “Hey You” or some other less personable name. He called him “Joseph” because this was no random moment in the history of theContinue reading “He Knows More Than Your Name…”

A One-On-One Experience with the Savior…

It is one thing to hear about something. Especially good if whoever tells you about it is good at explaining things with detail and passion. But, as they say, it is another thing to experience it yourself. I believe that the Savior wants us to experience the gospel for ourselves. But it goes deeper thanContinue reading “A One-On-One Experience with the Savior…”

Just Hold On a Bit Longer…The Blessing is Right Around the Corner…

A few days ago, at the end of a lesson in seminary, a young person came up to me and said, quietly, “I really, really needed today’s lesson…” You just never know. I know my students pretty well and I still almost never know what they’re going through. I mean what they’re really going through.Continue reading “Just Hold On a Bit Longer…The Blessing is Right Around the Corner…”

Four Reasons to Feel Optimistic In These Trying Times…

As part of my church responsibilities, I had the pleasure of visiting an Elders Quorum in a ward different from my own. As the instructor introduced the General Conference talk we were going to use for the lesson, I decided to skim down my iPad version of the talk to see what I had alreadyContinue reading “Four Reasons to Feel Optimistic In These Trying Times…”

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)…”

I Shared My Testimony With My Family Tonight…

As is our tradition, we held Family Home Evening tonight. It was a lot like most of the others we’ve held each week over the years. We sang a hymn together, prayed together, spent a few moments in the scriptures together, and had a gospel-centered lesson as a family. We usually have a treat (mandatory)Continue reading “I Shared My Testimony With My Family Tonight…”