Because the internet has been out at my home, I have walked to McDonalds several times a day for work. This has been a wonderful opportunity to meet people out and about in my apartment complex. One such occasion arose late last week. The sun had already set, and I needed to go back for a few more hours of work. As I walked, a man rushed up to me and asked me for help. His car would not start and he was looking for some tools so he could get at what he suspected the problem was. As far as appearances go, let’s just say if I asked for a business card I doubt he would have had one handy. His beard grew ragged, and the embers of his cigarette grew long. My wife wouldn’t be home until very late, so I had plenty of time and went back home to get him whatever tools I could find. When I returned with them, the man was very grateful, and I told him I’d be working at McDonalds, so he could give them back to me once he got the car working. This is where the conversation got interesting. This fellow, Justin, looked at me and said, “Are you stupid or something?”
“Probably, why?”Read More
11 Days Left!
Elder Terence Vinson told the story of his six year old grandson going out to the car. His car uses a tool to lock the doors remotely. So he both unlocked and relocked the door without the child knowing what happened. He returned confused, but concluded that everything worked out because his “Poppy” loves him. He concluded that we should develop this same kind of relationship with God, and then proceed to have the faith of that six year old. “God should be the center of our universe—our literal focal point.”Read More
To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day here are 5 Famous Irish Mormons
5. Ray Close
Professional boxer Ray Close, had a successful career in Belfast. He both began and ended his career with extended win streaks, before retiring to avoid brain injury. He is an active member of the Belfast, Ireland Stake.Read More
21 Days Left!
President Henry B. Eyring gave a talk titled “To My Grandchildren.” President Eyring’s grandchildren are beginning to get married. His advice, then, focuses on how to build the strongest marriages. As a result, his words apply to everyone looking to build strong and enduring marriages. After his warning that “the miracle of becoming one requires the help of heaven,” President Eyring ends with these encouraging words, “It takes time.”Read More
Eleven years ago today, Elizabeth Smart was rescued by police after a nine month abduction. Many consider her rescue a miracle. Since that time Smart has displayed wisdom far beyond her years. I share my faith with Elizabeth Smart. We are both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons. Her wise words about dealing with the monstrosities in her life, help me deal with the comparably much smaller problems of my own life. Here are eleven words of wisdom from Elizabeth Smart to celebrate each year of freedom since her rescue.Read More
My first child, a son, will be born this May. It’s pretty much impossible for me to believe that I will be a parent, but ready or not here I come. While trying to conceptualize this huge change in my life, I read this article written by a father as his son moves out of the house. Now, my perspective is a lot different. My son will, hopefully, not have to deal with these issues for a long time, (though it seems impossible to delay it for long anymore). Yet the article got me thinking about what this list would look like between a Latter-day Saint father and son. I may not yet have the perspective of a wise father, but I still have the useful perspective of a young man. So here is my advice to my as of yet unborn son on women and sex that I hope he won’t have to read for a very long time. (The rest of you are welcome to enjoy it in the meantime).