Category Archives: Thoughts and Insights

The World Changed

An intruder has come into our lives.  By the end of this day, 150 countries will have reported more than 150,000 cases of the Coronavirus worldwide.  And this is just the beginning.  We’ve all been watching the numbers spread and … Continue reading

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Each of us is a Pioneer

Today important visitors arrived in Bamako.  Brother Norbert Ounleu from Accra and Brother Matt Heiss from Salt Lake City have come to gather oral histories from our Pioneer members here in Mali.   This is an exciting time for our members … Continue reading

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A Gift of Christ: Often it maketh my bones to quake

Before leaving his disciples, Jesus promised them an incredible gift–a gift that would surpass any gift ever given. I thought about that gift in the dark pre-dawn hours on this Christmas morning as I waited in bed, listening to the … Continue reading

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Christmas in Bamako 2019 “Prayer is Better than Sleep”

I woke in the dark pre-dawn this Christmas morning to the cries of the muezzin at the mosque across the street, calling us to prayer.   These reminders come daily, every few hours, reminding us that there is a God in … Continue reading

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Sometimes we try to keep too many irons in the fire.

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Grateful in Abidjan

Today in Abidjan. During this holiday season, I’m grateful for simple blessings like fruit and thundershowers.

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Dad is Preparing to Exit

This week while we were in the MTC, my Dear Dad had a bad stroke.  We’re both entering new territory.   The doctors tell us his stroke was massive; the left carotid artery was totally blocked resulting in the stroke being in … Continue reading

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Things I choose to Avoid

Here’s a list of a few things I don’t really care for: Crisco frosting (most frostings for that matter) Sports Center commentators Thinking about where I am in a parking structure Fake–hair, nails, eyelashes, body parts, smiles Arrogance or prideful … Continue reading

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A Small Cog in a Big Wheel

Farewell Talk 15 September 2019 Look back on your life. Can you remember times when you were in the right place at the right time?  Hopefully that happens every now and again!  Our lives are like tapestries that intertwine with those around … Continue reading

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Faithful Saints

My daughter, Claire is spending this Labor Day weekend up north at Bear Lake.  She snapped this photo this morning at church there.   It makes me so happy, to see so many good people on vacation, finding the nearest church … Continue reading

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