Ordinary, Happily Ever After

In the October 1986 General Conference, Elder Boyd K Packer said: True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior. Preoccupation with unworthy behavior can lead to unworthy behavior. That is why we stress so forcefully the study […]

I know I’ve been writing a lot about things pertaining to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  I write about things I am passionate about and for the moment I am passionate about the Atonement, the Gospel, and the scriptures. That, in and of itself, is an interesting development.  I remember mentioning once that I […]

In the Pathway program, the students take turns teaching each week.  This week I was assigned to lead the discussion on the scripture block of Enos through Mosiah chapter 3.  I don’t mind admitting that I wasn’t too excited about it.  Either the scripture block before or after would have appealed to me more.  It is […]

Every Sunday, after we’ve eaten and the babies have gone down for a nap, I look through my movie collection to find one that I will allow my family to continue to feel the Spirit that started during our Sabbath worship.  Last Sunday we sat down to watch Miracle Maker, the story of a small town, […]

I’ve always wondered at the term “broken heart and contrite spirit” in relation to coming unto Christ.  I could never wrap my head around the idea that I could find Heavenly joy by having my heart broken and my soul devastated.  The Hollywood picture of a broken heart was not compatible with what I read […]

2 Nephi 11:2 says: And now, I Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delights in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him. I’ll be […]

Every once in a while I get knocked in the face with the realization that my babies are growing up.  One of those moments happened today when Lucy gave her first talk in Sacrament meeting.  She was asked to speak on Charity and after a week of preparation and very little help on my part, […]

Earlier this week I was listening to a talk from April of last year by Elder Uchtdorf.  He said, “I believe that all of us experience times when the very fabric of our world tears at the seams, leaving us feeling alone, frustrated, and adrift.” Then he said this:  Then he said this: I have learned that there […]

Every once in a while I’ll bring home a bunch of bananas that carry with them an invisible pest that is sure to plague me for weeks to come.  Fruit flies. **Shutter** I can usually keep them at bay even with the regular supply of fresh (and overripe) fruit, but this time it was out […]

A few weeks ago we went to the Bronx Zoo.  We got a late start and the zoo was so big that after several hours of seeing animals and exhibits we decided that, rather than drag eight tired and hungry people through the rest of the attractions (which were numerous), it would be wiser to come back […]