You aren’t “saved”


“I’m a nurse.”  Well actually that’s a lie.  I’m in the process of becoming a nurse. “I’m saved.”  That’s also a lie.  I’m in the process of becoming saved. I’ve heard people say to me “I’m saved” as if their judgment is already set in stone.  This devalues Jesus Christ who is the one who will…

8 ways The Book of Mormon will change your life


I staggered out of the airport lugging 2 heavy pieces of baggage, a backpack strapped on both shoulders, and blood shot eyes. I had finally completed the 30 hour journey from the USA to Durban, South Africa.  I squinted as I glanced up at the overbearing African sun.  It’s the same one I had known on the other side of the world, but it felt much more intense. …

8 ways to Be happy and single


As I went through college I heard this saying all the time:  “Before you date you should be happy being alone.” In other words, you shouldn’t rely on another person to make you happy. But aren’t we wired with that desire to love and be loved?  Aren’t we commanded to cling to our spouse and…

8 ways We Cope with Grief


My stomach was still recovering from the largest meal of the year. The turkey decorations were scattered throughout the living room and the thankful jar overflowed. The end of the year is usually a happy season.  A time of thankfulness, remembering the birth of Jesus, time with family, and holiday festivities. But November 2012 and December 2013 became…

8 ways to Be a better Home and Visiting teacher


You’re sitting in church, head down, looking at the time.  It’s been a long 3 hours since you arrived and your thoughts wander to the big presentation at work tomorrow, feeding the 3 kids while your wife goes to work after church, and on top of that the masters program demands a 35 page paper due…

8 ways to Remain unhappy


We all have our hard days.  There’s no denying that. But when it becomes a constant struggle and affects our ability to function, it’s time to take action.  To do this, we need to understand where we place the blame for our unhappiness. It comes down to two choices. #1. We allow outside influences to determine our feelings.…

8 ways to Live longer


If you’re Mormon or you know one, you probably know the run down.  No alcohol.  No smoking.  No drugs.  No coffee.  No tea.  Some people ask why.  The why is plain and simple.  According to studies Latter-Day Saints live longer. Active Mormons follow the Word of Wisdom, a law of health first recorded in 1833 by Joseph Smith. Mormons believe it is…

8 ways to Strengthen your Eternal Marriage


She was born in Everett, Washington.  He in Denver, Colorado.  Despite different circumstances, God led them to the same university in a small Idaho town. He saw her across the restaurant and asked to buy her dessert.  An hour of conversation and laughter passed and he was lucky enough to get her number.  The time soon came when they knelt across an altar in the Salt…

8 ways to Be a missionary without realizing it


Sweat dripped down my temples as I walked under the blazing African sun, 10,000 miles away from home.  I reached into my back pocket, grabbed my handkerchief and patted my forehead dry.  Elder Mohale and I guessed the temperature as we walked to our next appointment. The humidity and heat was all worth it because we were on our way…

8 ways to Truly follow Jesus Christ


People have told me I’m not a Christian. I almost laugh because the name of the church I belong to is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am confident that it is not my actions or beliefs that lead others to believe I’m not a Christian.  It’s what others have told them. I believe in Jesus Christ by…