August 10, 2022

We had been in the cave before. We had been part of a tour with hundreds of middle school students, accompanied by many adult chaperones, and led by a professional who knew and understood the layout of the cave, the dangers, and the risks. Now as a group of about seven 11-12-year-olds, we were excited to return to the fun and excitement we had felt. Since we knew what we were doing, we skipped the cautions of the chaperoned trip... Read more

August 3, 2022

When I was in kindergarten through fourth grade, we lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The neighborhood was called Orchard Valley, but there were no orchards. There wasn’t a valley either. Just houses on dirt roads within walking distance of the elementary school, with a short cut through a field from our house to the school. Not much of a threat, unless you are a young child needing an answer for an unexpected crisis, and must turn to a trusted source. One... Read more

July 27, 2022

  Most bible readers are familiar with Esau, who returned from his hunt feeling weak with hunger and passed his brother, Jacob, who was preparing pottage (think soup). When Esau asked for food, Jacob responded, “Sell me this day thy birthright” (Genesis 25: 29-34). Being a few minutes older than his twin, Esau would inherit a substantial birthright portion at his father’s death. But Esau was hungry at the moment, and his father would live much longer. So he quickly... Read more

July 20, 2022

“[God] hath made every thing beautiful in his time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). The bible’s word division is meaningful. Every thing is individually beautiful, not absorbed into an overall label of beauty. Every one of God’s creations can bring beauty and meaning into our lives. When I need to renew inspiration and strength, I find myself blessed with Christ’s comfort in looking to four large trees in my own front yard. Meaning in Trees Christ often spoke of an item or process... Read more

July 12, 2022

Directing a tour to the Holy Land was a blessing for me. I loved being able to teach about the Savior at the Sea of Galilee and in Jerusalem—the places He lived and served during His mortal ministry. But many of the sacred places have been  covered by churches and other buildings, changing the scenes dramatically from their appearance two thousand years ago. Those in our group who had come to “walk where Jesus walked” found this walking often impossible.... Read more

July 6, 2022

Ohhhh summertime is so much fun. Especially after a long, harsh winter in Rexburg, Idaho. Our family loves getting outside to feel the warmth of the sun. Summer is our time to explore and discover new ways to recreate. And recreation can result in valuable progress and development, which include learning and perfecting skills, competing along with cheering for others, and approaching progress and victory from an eternal perspective. Learning and Practicing  My kids love to try everything, participating in... Read more

June 29, 2022

  For years we have been a wrestling family! We love football, track, and basketball too, but it takes a special level of commitment to be a wrestling family. For several seasons we’ve eagerly followed the wrestling careers of my three oldest sons. This last year my daughter, Mariah, decided to join them. Who could have predicted that a singer/dancer would compete with high school boys and teach them how to win. An Unexpected  Competitor My wife and I probably... Read more

June 22, 2022

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” (Matthew 5:13) From early Old Testament rituals, to the Savior’s teachings, and to modern usage, considering salt as a metaphor and a symbol can impact our lives and our connections with the Savior. Old Testament Ritual The earliest recorded scriptures include... Read more

June 15, 2022

I don’t love waiting. You probably don’t either. I’ve never heard someone say, “I really enjoy waiting! The longer, the better.” But waiting is something we do. A lot. We wait in lines at the grocery store and for the traffic light to turn green. We wait at the bus stop for the kids to come and in the lobby for our dentist appointment. We must often wait for people, for answers, for the time to pass. We tend to... Read more

June 8, 2022

When I’m watching sports, I love to see the underdog win. There have been lots of winning underdogs. For example, a horse named “Mine That Bird” came from behind to win the Kentucky Derby, against odds 50–1 against him. Also I know of an unranked college football team, the Appalachian State Mountaineers, that defeated the fifth ranked Michigan team. Spectators couldn’t believe the upset! Recalling the Lord’s concern for individuals who have disadvantages, weaknesses, or a thorn in the flesh,... Read more

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