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…”

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…”

“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…”

An Open Letter to a New Missionary…

Not long ago one of my previous and wonderful students entered the Missionary Training Center…and wouldn’t you know it? It was tough. Just like it is for most of the missionaries there. And just like it has been for most of the missionaries who have ever been there. Including me to some extent. I sentContinue reading “An Open Letter to a New Missionary…”