A New Day for the Book of Mormon

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April and I watched the documentary film, A New Day for the Book of Mormon together recently. It was very interesting to see people of many different backgrounds talking about the Book of Mormon thoughtfully. It was refreshing. I thought it was a good example of a public discourse where people of different ideologies could speak peaceably with one another. That is a skill worth revitalizing in our modern-day discourses. I also loved hearing about how the Book of Mormon touched people spiritually and piqued others' interest to the point of feeling compelled to give it the focused attention and inquisition it commands.

Sacred Temple Clothing

This was such a good introduction to the sacred nature of the Mormon temple garments. It was touching to me. I think it will be so to other respectful people.

Contributions of a Home

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I feel that the first contribution of the home to the happiness of the child is to impress him with the fact that there are bounds beyond which he cannot go with safety; second, to teach him to be considerate of the rights of others; third, to have him feel that home is a place where confidences and consolations are exchanged; and fourth, to have him cherish the thought that home is a haven of seclusion and rest from the worries and perplexities of life

President David O. McKay, referenced in A Parent's Guide

Women Who Make a Home

Women who make a house a home make a far greater contribution to society than those who command large armies or stand at the head of impressive corporations. Who can put a price tag on the influence a mother has on her children, a grandmother on her posterity, or aunts and sisters on their extended family?

We cannot begin to measure or calculate the influence of women who, in their own ways, build stable family life and nurture for everlasting good the generations of the future. The decisions made by the women of this generation will be eternal in their consequences.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, in Standing for Something

Remembered at a recent funeral of a dear grandmother. #sharegoodness

A Raft of Our Own Biases

It seems to be a trait of humanity to assume that we are right even when we are wrong. And if that is the case, what hope is there for any of us? Are we destined to drift aimlessly on an ocean of conflicting information, stranded on a raft we have poorly pieced together from our own biases?

...I tell you this: God cares about you. He will listen, and He will answer your personal questions. The answers to your prayers will come in His own way and in His own time.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, in Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth

Truly, He Loves Us

God will not act to make us something we do not choose by our actions to become. Truly He loves us, and because He loves us, He neither compels nor abandons us. Rather He helps and guides us. Indeed, the real manifestation of God’s love is His commandments.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, in Free Forever, to Act For Themselves

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Behind the Movie, "Meet the Mormons"

Temples Under Construction

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Pretty cool list w/ pictures of temples under construction over at Mormon Newsroom.

A Merciful Plan

Mercifully for us, our Creator provided for aging and other processes that would ultimately result in our physical death. Death, like birth, is part of life. Scripture teaches that “it was not expedient that man should be reclaimed from this temporal death, for that would destroy the great plan of happiness.” To return to God through the gateway we call death is a joy for those who love Him and are prepared to meet Him.

Elder Russel M. Nelson, in Thanks Be to God

Holy Writ

We have so much wisdom recorded in scripture that we doubtless have an advantage in all important areas of life if we give heed to the teachings of Christ within them.

98 Years and Counting

So sweet.

I love you

Asian children saying 'I love you' to Asian parents, where this isn't culturally common. So awesome.

A Dot Day Dot

Who knew -- dot day.

Life Lately

"Fiddler on the Roof" play at Sundance
First day of nursery for Alaura
"She Loves Me" play at Hale Center Theatre
Ogden Temple open house with friends
Kids growing up really fast

Are We Prepared?

Are we prepared for the emergencies in our lives? Are our skills perfected? Do we live providently? Do we have our reserve supply on hand? Are we obedient to the commandments of God? Are we responsive to the teachings of prophets? Are we prepared to give of our substance to the poor, the needy? Are we square with the Lord?

We live in turbulent times. Often the future is unknown; therefore, it behooves us to prepare for uncertainties. When the time for decision arrives, the time for preparation is past.

President Thomas Monson, in Are We Prepared?