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October 14, 2021

Listen to “I Am the Storm,” a song by Hilary Weeks, and read about Hilary’s connection with Christ. The Strength When we connect with Christ, He gives us strength. Isn’t that a beautiful, comforting thought? Strength, inner peace, and confidence are the constant result of a solid, strong relationship with the Savior. “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you,” Christ tells us (Doctrine and Covenants 88:63). And as He draws near to us, He works through… Read more

October 6, 2021

There are four Gospel accounts in the New Testament—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Each is different and each has its own themes. Sometimes Mark gets overlooked, perhaps because much of its content is found in Matthew and Luke. But I ask my students to experience the entire Gospel According to Mark in one sitting. Why? Part of the reason is its brevity—it’s easy to experience this account of Christ’s ministry in one sitting. Another reason I love Mark is its… Read more

September 29, 2021

A Place and a Prayer I love to travel. To see beautiful places, learn about interesting history, and meet new people. My husband and I are trying to introduce this passion to our young children. This summer we had a chance to visit several states in the Midwestern and Eastern parts of the United States. It was wonderful to experience our country’s history and be together as a family. One of our stops was Massachusetts. We spent our first day… Read more

September 22, 2021

Many times in life, we seek success by looking forward and having a firm vision of where we want to be. But we also benefit from looking back on the progress we’ve made. Looking Back on Football I can remember when I was a brand-new walk-on for the BYU football team. I learned lots from my teammates and from the entire coaching staff, including legendary head coach Lavell Edwards. One of the most important things Coach Edwards taught me that… Read more

September 15, 2021

Breaking the Law Most everyone has witnessed someone driving through a red light, exceeding the posted speed limit, or not stopping at a stop sign. Despite street signs and law enforcement officer’s efforts, people break the law every day. We, too, much like drivers who break the law, are often found in transgression against the laws of God. Be them sins of omission or sins of commission, “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)…. Read more

September 8, 2021

Luke recorded that one of Jesus’s disciples asked Jesus to teach him how to pray. Almost as if to reassure the disciple about the efficacy of prayer, Jesus gave a parable that is rarely discussed today: “Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And… Read more

September 1, 2021

Listen to “At the Same Time,” a song by Hilary Weeks, and read about Hilary’s connection with Christ. The Bitter I’ve never seen a funeral quite like it. People filled the chapel, the choir seats, the cultural hall, the Primary and Relief Society rooms—even the hallways were used as “overflow.” I could hardly believe how many people were there. I secretly wondered if that many people would attend my funeral . . . or if I even knew that many… Read more

August 25, 2021

This summer I’ve been preparing to present at an upcoming BYU Sperry Symposium that will focus on the New Testament and its teachings about the family. My specific presentation is about Christ’s Crucifixion as a model for love in marriage and family. A Wedding with a Crucifix As I’ve been exploring different aspects of this topic, I came across a blog post by Carissa Pluta that talks about Catholic weddings in a small town—a town that has a zero percent… Read more

August 18, 2021

Zion in the Classroom When I was a seminary student, my teacher would often use the word Zion to try and calm us down when we got too rowdy. I remember times when he’d stand at the front of the room, saying, “Zion, Zion, ZION!” At the time, I wasn’t clear on what he was doing. I’m sure he had spent some time teaching us the principles of Zion and inviting us to become a Zion people. But at the… Read more

August 11, 2021

Contagious Enthusiasm A few years ago when my boys were playing Pop Warner football, my wife and I were asked to participate in an annual winter parade. Our job was easy. We were walking down the street throwing candy and waving at the people who had come out to enjoy the parade. We were just parents walking to support the team and the league. As I walked, I got the idea to start enthusiastically waving, looking people in the eye,… Read more




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