Category Archives: Thoughts and Insights

Camp Helaman, Manti National Forrest

This afternoon John and I were invited to speak to a group of about 50 young men from Sanpete and Sevier Counties and from Richfield Utah.  They’ve been at what’s called a “Camp Helaman” high in the Manti National Forrest. … Continue reading

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Girls at Mutual Dell Girls Camp learn about Journal Writing

This evening I was invited to speak to a group of young women at a girls camp at Mutual Dell in American Fork Canyon.  They asked me to talk about Journal Writing and why it’s important.  That’s a topic I … Continue reading

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Go Forward with Faith

Today is the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the coming together of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point in Utah.  I’ve been reading about what Brigham Young called the “pivotal and sweeping” changes this mode of transportation brought to … Continue reading

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Thoughts about the Notre Dame Fire

On Tuesday morning I was at BYU, at work scanning and preserving family treasures when I received a text from a friend with the news of the fire at Notre Dame.  I was stunned at the thought of the loss … Continue reading

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Living for each other is Nature’s rule.

Nothing in Nature lives for itself. Rivers don’t drink their own water. Trees don’t eat their own fruits. The sun doesn’t shine for itself. A flower’s fragrance is not for itself. Living for each other is Nature’s rule. In 2019, … Continue reading

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Little Drops in a Great Big Bucket Called Africa

John and I were asked to speak at a Stonewood Stake youth Fireside this evening about the growth of the Church in Africa and how we can apply what we learned there to our lives today. As I thought about … Continue reading

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How to Minister

It occurred to Pooh and Piglet that they hadn’t heard from Eeyore for several days, so they put on their hats and coats and trotted across the Hundred Acre Wood to Eeyore’s stick house. Inside the house was Eeyore. “Hello … Continue reading

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Now the work of Christmas Begins.

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Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

I read this book yesterday and could hardly put it down.  It’s beautifully written and it gave me a lot to think about.  Here’s the review from Goodreads: From New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant … Continue reading

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Seeing through her eyes

I went to visit my dear friend, Penny this week.  She is fighting to stay with us and we are fighting to keep her just a bit longer.  When you’re with someone you love who doesn’t have much time left … Continue reading

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