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Last week I received a call from a member of the bishopric with the infamous words:  “Would you be willing to speak in sacrament meeting on Sunday?”  In a sense, I consider it somewhat of an honor, and I was thrilled for the opportunity.  Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following by e-mail.  It reminded me of my previous post on becoming childlike, so I thought I would post it here.  I do not know the author or even if the account is real, although I have no reason to doubt its authenticity.  Either way, its lesson is real, and that is that as we go about our lives and supposedly grow wiser and stronger and pursue our own agendas and sometimes overcomplicate our lives, we need to somehow maintain a childlike humility, innocence, and love.

I envy Kevin. My brother Kevin thinks God lives under his bed. At least that’s what I heard him say one  night. Read the rest of this entry »

I served my mission in the 80’s and subsequently lived at the Missionary Training Center where I worked as a resident assistant and also a teacher for a few years.  Although that was many years ago (and it makes me feel old just to think about it), I still remember very well the “commitment pattern” that was such an integral process of missionary work.  Read the rest of this entry »

This story is not new and many have heard it before, but it is one of my favorites and is worth repeating.  I copy these few paragraphs from Confronting the Myth of Self Esteem by Ester Rasband, p. 57-58: Read the rest of this entry »

Stewardship, agency, and accountability, in my opinion, are some of the most fundamental principles of the gospel.  I believe that understanding and applying these principles are key to successfully completing our mortal probation.

Some of these ideas are presented in this lesson titled Stewardship and Delegation.

First, what does it mean to be a steward?  “A steward is a person who has been given responsibility for someone else or for something belonging to someone else.”  Or, as President Kimball has said, “[It] is a sacred spiritual or temporal trust for which there is accountability.”  (Ensign, Nov. 1977, p. 78) Read the rest of this entry »

I loved conference as always and will look forward to reading and re-reading the talks.  The sustaining on of President Mondson and the first presidency on Saturday was a neat experience.  It was interesting to see each in our family in turn stand up in our home and sustain these men that have been called of God.  It struck me more forcefully than usual that sustaining involves much more than just raising our arms during conference; we can all sustain our leaders by serving in our families and in our callings, by seeking to obey the counsel we have received, by “earnestly striving” to be Christlike.

As “neat” as it was to watch the proceedings of conference on live TV in the comfort of our home, I can’t help but feel that I missed some of the spirit of the occassion by not being there in person.  Read the rest of this entry »

As stated in the “The Family:  A Proclamation to the World,” marriage is ordained of God.  Obviously marriage and family are key to Heavenly Father’s plan.

There is much emphasis in the church for members to strive for temple marriage, and I think this is as it should be.  But, from my limited experiece and observations,  I believe that for many of us, over time, our focus on marriage often shifts to other aspects of life. Read the rest of this entry »