Breaking News: Mormons ARE Christians


Chris·tian : a person who believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ   Even Merriam-Webster gets it.   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also nicknamed the ‘Mormon Church’ has been attacked and persecuted since it was founded in 1830.  Because its founder Joseph Smith claimed revelation from God the Father and Jesus…

Your body isn’t yours


Recently, my wife and I watched a show that delves into the “different”.  This particular episode struck me as it portrayed the most pierced person in the world. Announcing she created over 8,000 holes in her body, my jaw dropped.  I didn’t find myself judging or looking down upon her, but I felt sorry for her, actually. I wondered…

8 ways to Make this General Conference the best yet


Twice a year we have the privilege of listening to messages and counsel from the Prophet, Apostles, and other leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  In the Spring and Fall we’re reminded of what we ought to be doing and we’re encouraged by what we’re doing right. I made a list to better…

Why you shouldn’t go on YOUR mission


Missionary work is difficult and daunting.  Exhausting and endless, it seems.  But that’s not the point here. How many of you have heard a returned missionary utter this phrase: “When I was on my mission”? When this happens I often think to myself “your mission?” When a mission call is given it will read “Dear Elder or Sister _______, You…

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…