Trouble

"Much of my childhood my mother spent on her knees. She was not giving thanks. She was praying for strength. I was trouble with a capital ‘T .’ Dad always said I was the rock-throwingest kid in the history of America, and there were broken windows and cracked windshields enough to prove it. When I discovered Mom liked flowers, I picked three hundred tulips from a neighbor's yard and delivered them to her. I shut down a construction company one weekend when I discovered that the workers left the keys with the equipment and I decided to add to my collection. I wasn't wicked, but I was a ton of trouble.

"Still, I loved the Church and I looked forward to my mission. After several months in the field, I wrote home to tell Mom that I had been called to a leadership position. I thought she would be proud. When she answered my letter, she began like this: 'When I got your letter, I began a fast. ..'

"A fast? Why a fast? I thought. I wrote home once to tell my mother I was going to have a routine physical examination. She put my name on the prayer roll. Now she had received a letter containing what she should have considered good news, and she fasted! Her letter continued: " ...because I wanted to get as close as I could to my Father in Heaven, so that I could tell him how grateful I am for what he has done for you in your life. She fell on her face at his feet, "giving him thanks" (Luke 17:16) [Rending the Veil of Heaven, by Ted L. Gibbons, p. 45].

Train up a Child

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The Kenze, Jean, Anna, and Dallin.

Music Resurrected!

Musical Fireworks

Pick up an instrument, engage the cranial pyrotechnics!

Fellow Travelers

President Uchtdorf invites us to consider how we really are not all the different from one another. At some origin point, we all departed from the same heaven and came to earth as children of God.

Pres Uchtdorf greeting leaders

In his talk to religious leaders at a USC event, he recounted a visit his wife and he made to Auschwitz and recounted some of the historical background of the camp:

The commandant of Auschwitz for much of the time of its operation was Rudolf Höss, a man who grew up in a strict, religious family. His father wanted him to enter the priesthood, but Rudolf abandoned the thought as he became immersed in politics.

What kind of a person was he?

Rudolf Höss described himself as “gentle, good-natured, and very helpful.” His daughter remembers him as “the nicest man in the world.” Later, at Nuremberg, his defense rested on the fact that he was only following orders—that he was doing his duty.

From Fellow Travelers, Brothers and Sisters, Children of God

I Want You Bach

Haha, so fun!

How to Lead with Love

Gifts from God

5th by 4

"I liked it even more than when I was a kid". lol

BYU vs. Gonzaga 2015

Elder Holland @ Chapman University

On the topics of Faith, Family, Religious Freedom.

A Nehor/Korihor Blog

This Internet age means we are swamped with ideas that are as old as sand and as corrosive as a salt sea. They will be sold to us appealing to our care for the downtrodden and marginalized—to which we can’t help but emotionally respond. They will suggest that we have been duped into our religious beliefs and that the truly enlightened know better.

Let us not be fooled. Mormon anticipating our dilemma gave us stunning examples of what this deception looks like and advises us, “Oh be wise.”

Maurine Proctor, in her ldsmag article, "What if Nehor and Korihor had a Blog?"

What happened to the brothers of Joseph Smith?

May the Saints who have reaped blessings from what they have sown, never forget the sacrifice, the faith, the unfailing devotion and love of the family of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith.

Susan Evans McCloud, in her article
In Our Lovely Deseret: What happened to the brothers of the Prophet Joseph Smith?

Say 'Yes' to the Good Things

In a new Flemish TV show entitled Ja Jan, a TV host commits to say "yes" to every question asked of him for 60 days.

jan and missionaries

Including when he ran into two Mormon missionaries.

Watch the segment on Youtube. It's a wonderful thing to pray with people.

(via ldsliving.com)

Rights and Responsibilities of Free Speech and Religion

Part of humility is also recognizing in modern, complicated, diverse societies, the functioning of these rights, the concern for the protection of these rights calls for each of us to exercise civility and restraint and judgment. And if, in fact, we defend the legal right of a person to insult another’s religion, we’re equally obligated to use our free speech to condemn such insults -- (applause) -- and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are the targets of such attacks. Just because you have the right to say something doesn’t mean the rest of us shouldn’t question those who would insult others in the name of free speech. Because we know that our nations are stronger when people of all faiths feel that they are welcome, that they, too, are full and equal members of our countries.

President Barack Obama, in his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast