How a waterfall will wash away your troubles and trials

While housesitting in South Carolina, I prayed for insight and wisdom on how I might better place my trust in the Lord and in His timing. Thanks to a loving Heavenly Father who always keeps His promises, inspiration came from the most unlikely of experiences. Salem, South Carolina, and immediate surroundings boast over a hundred waterfalls. Some majestic in height and dramatic water flow with others […]

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My chili did what?

Funny but true story.  It involves the ever delightful Denielle, a pair of female missionaries, and a chilling chili contest.  To tell this story,  I will need to take you back to our first year together as a married couple. The year was 1997.  We lived in a quaint, two-bedroom apartment with a kitchen used more for storage than cooking.  We survived on corn dogs, my mission-perfected calzones, […]

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Story Story: The essential part of any journey to success

My events leading up to finishing the book Story Story I awake from a dream I remember not.  I spy the alarm clock: 5:44 am.  “Yikes! It’s time to get Kaelyn to seminary!” I say as I strategically bump Denielle with my hand feigning a stretch.  She doesn’t budge.  My turn to get up. I fetch a mason jar, fill it with water, throw on an overthrow, […]

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Faith is like a little seed, if planted it will grow

“But we are only eight verses away,” Neil says excitedly as we were about to conclude our family scripture study.  “We have to finish it!” For the first time as a family, we are about to complete the Book of Mormon, cover to cover.  Yes, we have read many times from the Book of Mormon, but for whatever reasons, we seem to always start back at […]

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Wands at the ready: How to build a family farm on faith

What makes a good story good?  Why are some stories, you know, the tween-turn-teen-muddles-through-life-to-discover-he’s-really-a-wizard-and-will-go-on-to-defeat-the-bad-guys kinds of stories, so powerful they sell millions of books and gets retold in another million mediums?  Why do we relate so fondly to characters who seem at first blush ordinary but later discover within themselves extraordinary gifts and power? Because all of us who ever have, are currently now, or […]

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Happy birthday! I am a child of God

Lil’ Lydia’s birthday is this weekend.  She turns four.  Although adopted this year, Lydia has been with us now for more than half her life.  She came to us in need of physical and spiritual adjustment.  She now physically and spiritually blesses us. As we were watching General Conference, the organist played the prelude to a very familiar hymn.  Lydia, before the words were sung, […]

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The mind of God revealed in a weekend

My current vocabulary is not equipped with the right words to convey my joy of writing to you today.  The Spirit is strong right now, and what I mean by that is I can feel the fruits of the Holy Ghost: kindness, charity, joy, righteousness, peace, a desire to do good works, a desire to share my good feelings with others, and a motivation to […]

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