May 28, 2021

Rototill the Soil Soul, by Kurt Johnson My wife, Desiree, enjoys gardening.  So, we dedicated a large, sunny plot of ground in our backyard for her beautiful garden.  My contribution is not much.  I just rototill the soil. Years ago, I inherited an old rear-tine tiller that was once my grandpa’s.  It is a big, powerful piece of equipment that can really turn dirt.  But that first year we attempted to till and plant a garden it was hard-literally!  The… Read more

May 13, 2021

I stood at the door experiencing the cacophony that characterizes the sum total of my parents’ family. Voices in varying levels of expression crossed the yard, shrieks of laughter rose from the pool. “Who are these children’s parents?” I laughingly shouted. It’s a phrase I use often to remind myself that I am not. I sat down near my sister, juggling writhing twenty-five-month-old limbs and attempting the containment of her disgruntled fourteen-month-old. I didn’t take one of the girls from… Read more

May 8, 2021

What does the term “Mother in Zion” mean to you? How do you see that term being applied to women? Curious how others would respond, I posed that question to women from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Following are their responses, in alphabetical order.  I loved their diversity of expression and application and also how all the comments tied together. Mother in Zion — What Does It Mean and How Is It Applied? Beverly: I do love the story… Read more

April 14, 2021

But behold, verily, verily, I say unto you that mine eyes are upon you. I am in your midst and ye cannot see me; (Doctrine and Covenants 38:7.) How would it be to find the Messiah you worship and adore suddenly in your presence? How would it be to have Jesus approach your fishing boat and call you to follow Him? Or to have Him open the scriptures to your mind as you walked along a road? Or to have Him visit you in your home… Read more

March 21, 2021

The night I heard about the Salt Lake Temple’s frescoes being removed during the temple’s renovation I laid awake carefully reviewing each fresco in my mind.  I’ve spent hours studying them during endowment sessions or while working in the temple. My most memorable interaction with the frescoes happened during a session.  Anthony and I had just decided to move back to Hawaii from Salt Lake City.  He felt so giddy about the decision.  And while I felt happy to return… Read more

February 23, 2021

How does the Aaronic Priesthood apply to you?  Finding out if, and how, the Aaronic Priesthood applied to me was an awesome road of discovery. One of my favorite passages of scripture is Oliver Cowdery’s footnote at the end of Joseph Smith-History.  Oliver’s words, full of imagery, transport my mind to Harmony, Pennsylvania, and the banks of the Susquehanna River. “These were days never to be forgotten—to sit under the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven,… Read more

December 28, 2020

Have you wondered about the ins and outs of Online and Home-based MTC (Missionary Training Center)? We come from a long line of missionaries in our family, but my nephew, Elder Austin Bushman, is the first to experience a home-based MTC. Elder Bushman received a call to serve in Spain and to begin his mission experience at a home-based MTC.  He has since been reassigned to serve in the Dallas area until/if/when he can travel to Spain as a missionary…. Read more

December 24, 2020

I love nativity stories. They help me think more broadly about the circumstances of Jesus Christ’s birth. This nativity story from The first Gospel of the INFANCY of JESUS CHRIST offers an apocryphal look at the Savior’s birth. From The first Gospel of the INFANCY of JESUS CHRIST 4 ¶ In the three hundred and ninth year of the æra of Alexander, Augustus published a decree that all persons should go to be taxed in their own country. 5 Joseph… Read more

December 18, 2020

My friend Roxy Kimokeo and I share notes on things we learn during our scripture study.  She sent me her findings on “confounded” in Moroni 10:31. She refers to a post called “In” in Moroni 7 that I posted last week. “Confounded” and “Mixed” by Roxy Kimokeo Today in my studies one of the things that caught my attention was in Moroni 10:31. He says “awake and arise O Jerusalem” (remember I love anytime the word “O” precedes a name)… Read more

December 10, 2020

The only time the phrase “peaceable followers of Christ” is used in the entire canon of scripture is in Moroni 7:3! Wherefore, I would speak unto you that are of the church, that are the peaceable followers of Christ, and that have obtained a sufficient hope by which ye can enter into the rest of the Lord, from this time henceforth until ye shall rest with him in heaven. And the only two times the word “peaceable” is used in the Book of Mormon is in Moroni… Read more

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