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RIP Coach

I often think about the people God put around me in my life.  I’m obviously not the center of the universe, but sometimes, when I think about all those who have looked out for me throughout my life, it’s hard…

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Godhead – My Understanding

Two posts ago I discussed the doctrine of the Trinity and my opposition to it. This will be a much gentler post, detailing how I personally come to the belief and understanding of the Godhead as true doctrine.  First, an…

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Laura

Tomorrow is the three-year anniversary of my Aunt Laura passing away.  Laura was an inspiration to everyone she met.  She had a profound impact on my life. I want to share a little about her and why she was so…

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The Trinity

I’m not going to site a bunch of scriptures supporting my point.  In my experience that does nothing because individual scriptures can be interpreted in a million different ways.  Any scripture I give that seems clear as day to me…

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The Last Juror

The Last Juror was written by John Grisham in 2004. It is his 18th novel written. I read a lot of nonfiction so a break into a fictional story is always a breath of fresh of air.  But diving into…

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Korean Children’s Choir

When I was watching General Conference and the Korean children’s choir started singing “I Love to see the Temple” in a language I did not understand, something amazing hit me.  I don’t know why this thought was spurred by this…

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Blessing Ivy

I recently had the special opportunity to bless Ivy.  Leading up to the blessing, I did some research on the history of blessing children in the Church of Jesus Christ and its significance.  For Ivy’s blessing, Beth put together an…

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Prodigal Son

The story of the Prodigal Son is well known.  For those who have not read it before or haven’t read it recently it can be found in Luke 15:11-32. The story of the Prodigal Son has always hit close to…

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Organized Religion

What do you think the point of organized religion is? I had an obvious realization recently, only recently.  The point of organized religion is to bring you closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  If organized religion doesn’t bring you…

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Letter to a Sinner

I write this with as much humility as possible.  Fully knowing and understanding my weaknesses have given me perspective.  It is my faults and errors that make me feel like I can write this letter.  I remember when I came…

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Miracle Baptisms

My favorite calling I’ve ever had was Ward Mission Leader.  For those who don’t know, I basically helped the full-time missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in any way I could.  Getting to be around missionaries…

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Recovery Update

Quick update on my recovery.  Nothing short of a miracle. The cover picture you’ve already seen is my head and arm today. It’s amazing. Read to the end to see the healing my head has gone through. Be warned, it…

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God, Sin, and Joy

*Edit -Two days before posting this I read this in Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins: “Let’s consider the habit of smoking cigarettes… They contribute to everything from cancer to heart disease… People have every reason in the world not to…

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One True Church

I initially tried to write this post with the hope of using scripture and doctrine and principles to convince anyone who would read that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s true church, restored from the meridian…

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He Lives

The Book of Mormon. The Apostles, Prophets, Bishops, leaders. The Prophet Joseph Smith. The temples. The missionaries. Knowing why I’m here. Knowing where I’m going These things are all amazing.  These are all fruits of the gospel. But. Why are…

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Recovery

Since I wrote that dramatic post about my near death it’s probably good etiquette to write a follow up about how I’m recovering. The human body is a truly extraordinary thing.  Blows my mind that some people think this thing…

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Facing Death

“We need to wait for a helicopter.  It’s 2 hours by road to the nearest hospital.  You might have internal bleeding in your brain.  You might die before we could get you there.”  I was in the back of an…

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Rameumptom

It’s amazing to read the Book of Mormon and compare those people to our day.  One story from the Book of Mormon that recently stood out to me was the story of the Zoramites and the rameumptom. The Zoramites were…

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Books in 2020

This is a list of every book I read in 2020 and the order I ranked them in from favorite to least favorite.  I get something out of every book I read.  I learned long ago that if I allow…

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At Peace in the Light

By Dannion Brinkley with Paul Perry Copyright 1995 _________________________________ I don’t recommend books to people often.  This book I recommended directly to a cousin.  This was a great book. I wonder if I say that about every book I read……

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Horror of the Wizard of Oz

I’ve long held an unpopular opinion.  That opinion is that The Wizard of Oz is the scariest movie ever made. I had memories of the last time I watched it.  I was likely 12 or 13 years old.  I was…

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Ivy’s First 48 Hours

The first 48 hours, it turns out, is not just a homicide drama on television or the most important time after a homicide, it’s also an important time after the birth of a newborn. The first 24 hours in the…

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Listen, Learn, Love

I recently listened to an episode from a podcast called Listen, Learn Love.  This podcast has opened up my ways of thinking on a few topics.  The episode I listened to recently I basically want to summarize (steal) because the…

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The Chance of Faith

One Sunday I was in my car with a friend, CJ Matthews.  We were driving after church to go do something.  I can’t remember what it was.  Visit someone or give a blessing or something that like. A few minutes…

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Faith and Signs

3 Nephi chapter 2 is a fascinating and important part of the Book of Mormon.  It’s especially important to our day.  There’s a chance our moment in history could be parallel to this time in the Book of Mormon record.…

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Lectures on Faith

Lectures on Faith – Introduction and Lecture 1: Faith Defined. I’ve been watching a series of videos on the Lectures on Faith as supplemental material to my study of the Lectures. If you’re not familiar with the lectures on faith,…

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The Glory of the Sun

I recently finished a book that was so packed with wisdom I couldn’t come close to taking it all in.  Every page provided a new insight.  Every thought was provoking.  It is amazing to walk through the minds of men…

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I Voted

This is the fourth time I’ve voted for a President of the United States.  My enthusiasm for politics has ebbed and flowed every four years for each election.  This is the first time I’ve voted since I’ve been developing a…

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Paul’s Life and Letters

Book Review: Paul’s Life and Letters By Dr. Sidney B. Sperry Copyright 1955 __________________ This book was a breakdown of Paul’s life and everything he ever wrote – thus the title.  I haven’t read the New Testament beginning to end. …

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House Pets

Sometimes I look at my dog and think, “he wouldn’t last 5 minutes out in the real world.”  If he had to go out and hunt/scavenge for food and water, on his own, no chance.  Being cute getting someone to…

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The Social Dilemma (Netflix)

What is truth? How do we know? If you haven’t watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix, watch it as soon as possible.  Could end up being the most important documentary of our generation.  Given that we are the generation of…

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Satan’s Story

Who is Satan? I believe a careful reading of different scriptural records gives us a picture of Satan’s progression and tells us how he ultimately ended up cast down.  There will be a lot of scriptural references here (duh).  If…

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Pride of the Gentiles

I write this as a complement to my testimony of the Book of Mormon as the Word of God. For the purposes of what I’m writing I will focus on the Old Testament.  I would gladly speak on the New…

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How did I get here?

What is my goal in writing this blog? Hopefully to uplift someone, anyone.  Believer, nonbeliever.  Member of the Church of Jesus Christ, member of any church, member of no church.  I’d like to teach people who know nothing about this…

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Sunday Meditation and Basketball

In November of 2019 I started meditating every morning.  I’m not doing anything real impressive.  I spend the first 10 minutes of every day laying on my back on the ground.  I started by listening to guided meditations on YouTube. …

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Greyhound

I don’t intend to start reviewing movies, but I thought this was worth it for a few reasons: Seems to be getting some hype as Apple TV’s shake up to the streaming game. I enjoy historical movies more and more…

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Jonah and the Whale

Answer to prayer – but not what you expect! One of the most spiritual experiences I ever had, referenced in the post You Sent a Dog to Comfort a Boy, happened in the basement of my Aunt and Uncle’s home. …

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Open Minds

Coincidences.  God puts people in our lives and around us for very important reasons.  Our encounters in this life are not by chance.  What would have happened if the first day I wanted to go to church my roommate Chris…

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Freedom

Let’s take a quick trip through history.  Bear with me on the history recap, I swear it will be brief. The Revolutionary War started in 1775.  Some rag-tag colonists decided to stand up to and fight for independence from the…

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Prayer

I don’t know exactly what I want to say on this topic because I still feel like it’s something I’m learning more about every single day.  Of course, I do have some thoughts.  Though, since it’s still something I’m always…

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Which Church?

I often have religious conversations.  As often as possible I try to have those conversations with people of different faiths. I’ve had great conversations with someone who is devout in their faith of Jesus Christ. He doesn’t believe the Book…

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Baby

I am scared.  Can I protect you? Will you be bright? Will you be happy? Will you be strong or gentle? Will you be mine? I will be yours. You will be gentle and strong. You will bring joy to…

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-ites: Politics

4 Nephi 1:16-17 16 And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been…

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White Privilege

I’ve tried to think if there’s something I can write right now.  There’s nothing I can write that will change the world.  That’s desperately what I’d like to do.  Maybe I could write something that makes a tiny difference. A…

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An Angel

Some of God’s children are special beyond measure. They never lose their innocence and childlike wonder. I have a cousin who is like that. She taught me a lot. She has taught me about true joy.  She has taught me…

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My Coincidences

Have you ever noticed how easily we forget?  It’s a cliché statement on human nature – “humans have short memories,” but It’s so true.  Have you ever walked into work on Monday and been asked what you did over the…

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Seer Stones

Imagine giving someone a spyglass in the year 600.  A spyglass is the refracting telescope you picture pirates using on the open sea before finding their target.  The sinister pirate stands on deck, extends the spyglass to its full length,…

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Book Review: The Problem of Pain

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis Copyright 1940 ________________________________ From the front cover: “The point about reading C.S. Lewis is that he makes you sure, whatever you believe, that religion accepted or rejected means something extremely serious, demanding the…

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Love is Powerful

I was once asked a question I surprisingly had never truly dived into.  What was different about the first time I met with the bishop when coming back to church?   Why did I come back? I’ve written about some of…

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Light You Reflect

In a book titled It Was on Fire When I Lay on It by Robert Fulghum, he tells a story about when he asked Alexandros Papaderos the question, “what is the meaning of life?” Robert Fulghum relates that Dr. Papaderos…

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Policy

I want to write about what I learned when I struggled with something at church.  I apologize for not going into specifics because I don’t want that to be the point.  I want to write about what I learned from…

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Book Review: They Knew the Prophet

Book review:  They Knew the Prophet compiled by Hyrum L. and Helen Mae Andrus Copyright 1974 I just finished a book I really enjoyed called They Knew the Prophet.  The book is a collection of first-hand accounts of people’s interactions…

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Worldwide Fast

Prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Russell M. Nelson, asked the world to fast on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.  His invitation: “I invite all, including those not of our faith, to fast and pray on…

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Depression

** The following is a guest post written by my wife** It’s such a part of who I am and the course of my life, yet I’ve struggled to ever really discuss it with anybody aside from my therapists and…

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Faith

It’s a topic I will spend my life studying and trying to understand.  This will likely not be the only time I write about faith.  It is something so dear to me, my faith.  I keep coming back to this…

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General Conference April 2020

Remember the theme.  No coincidences. In October of 2018, less than two years ago, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a huge change; the switch to two-hour church with an emphasis on having a church and Christ-centered…

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Judged

Heading into my ninth-grade year my family moved.  This resulted in me attending a new ward.  I got a zone variance so I could go to the school I would have gone to if I didn’t move.  I had developed…

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Content and Media

Sometimes members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are weird.  If you’re a member of the Church and haven’t fully embraced this, it’s time to get on board.  Peter stated, “But ye are a chosen generation, a…

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Parents

**Written in June of 2019** My dad hates baseball.  I hate baseball.  My dad played basketball in high school.  I played basketball in high school.  My dad is pretty ‘eh’ about football. He doesn’t hate it but he’s also not…

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Wedding

I don’t think many of my posts will be as similar to a journal entry as this one.  I have many topics I want to touch on that I’ve thought a long time about writing about.  This topic is very…

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Fear

I was reading Jacob chapter 4 in the Book of Mormon recently and something struck me.  One small statement in one verse: “Behold, my beloved brethren, I will unfold this mystery unto you; if I do not, by any means,…

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The Inspiration

The inspiration:  Where to begin… So, here we are.  I’m writing a blog.  Who am I writing to?  Is this like a journal entry?  I guess I’m writing in first person, so here we go. A little back story, I…

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