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…”

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”…”

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…”

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…”

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…”

Thomas S. Monson, Maddox Restaurant, and Dinner….

Since my grandmother passed away a few weeks ago I’ve been stopping in to see my grandfather each week on my way home from work. I love the visits. I ask him a bunch of questions and he tells stories to answer. I’m learning a lot… For example: Years ago Grandma and Grandpa were enjoyingContinue reading “Thomas S. Monson, Maddox Restaurant, and Dinner….”

Parents: Explain, Share, and Testify…

This will be short… As a religious educator, I have some ways of measuring my efforts in the classroom. One of them to ponder and measure how well I “explain, share, and testify of gospel doctrines and principles”, and also to invite the students to do the same: explain, share, and testify. In the GospelContinue reading “Parents: Explain, Share, and Testify…”

The Meme That May Be Wrecking Your Day…

Our attitudes aren’t really based on what others choose and do. We are in control of how we are going to feel about any situation and we can act accordingly.