Suffer the Little Children

Two of our grandchildren are sleeping on our couches this morning.  Mom had to be at work at 6:00 a.m.  Dad spends all his money on the home they live in and he has no place of his own, so when Mom needs help, they come here.  Divorce is so inconvenient.  Currently, in their lives, […]

Of Ministering Angels – Mark and Tammy

LDS author John Pontius pointed out in his book “Following the Light of Christ into His Presence” that we all go through periods in our spiritual growth where we seem to plateau out, and sometimes even digress. These periods of relative depression typically follow periods of intense growth, and are most certainly followed by another […]

I Am Not a Sinner!

I am not a sinner.  There!  I said it!  Let me say it again…I AM NOT A SINNER!   I’ve been told all my life, even as a child, that I am a sinner, and that as such I can only be saved by the grace of Christ, but I’m declaring myself healed, saved, no longer […]

Sincere Reflections on The Word of Wisdom

So much has been written about Section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants, commonly known as the “Word of Wisdom”, that one might well have to be either a prophet or a fool to risk writing any more, yet I actually hope to share a point of view that is just unique enough to help […]

Lessons From the Jail #4 – Cameron

He sat there quietly on this Sunday in November, his arms crossed and his tattooed biceps bulging beneath the short sleeves of his dark khaki jail scrubs.  His shaved head could easily have perfected a very menacing image, but somehow it just wasn’t there.  Instead, he projected a quiet confidence, a countenance that demanded respect […]

Zion vs. Babylon – Two Ways Only

I have been quite occupied lately with thoughts of Zion.  I wrote recently of the impressions I received after my study of D&C 78.  My wife and I read together John Pontius’ account of “Spencer’s” visions of Zion in the book “Visions of Glory”.  Most importantly, though, I was prompted to re-read Hugh Nibley’s “Approaching […]

“That You May Be Equal in the Bonds of Heavenly Things”……Doctrine and Covenants Section 78

I’ve been intending for several weeks now to put something together on D&C section 78.   Both before and after this section, the Lord begins revealing His perfect social order, but it seems that in this section He reveals its purpose more clearly than elsewhere.  The intent of this post was initially to pose some […]

Builders of Zion

I was sitting in the Terrestrial room of the Salt Lake Temple this past November thinking about consecrating my life to the Lord.  Suddenly, the thought came very clearly to me how imperative it is that I become a builder of God’s Kingdom.  D’oh! you might say, but you know how sometimes you just get […]

Gun Ownership and the American Psyche

I have a few things to say about the debate over gun control. I probably won’t add much to the conversation, but I am moved to speak because of a conversation I had with a friend that we met while we were on our mission in Paris.  My friend has a completely different outlook on […]

I Will Buy Up Armies and Navies…….

I’ve written on the topic of war before, but I’ve never felt like this before. My rebellion was triggered by a simple program at our ward Christmas party, which reprised the 2001 Walter Cronkite presentation with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of the famous Christmas truce that occurred in 1914 during World War I. I’ve heard […]