9 startling ideas preached by South Carolina Mormons

What crazy concepts do Mormon’s preach on Sundays? Last Sunday, I attended the Seneca Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rank-and-file members (no paid clergy, no preachers, no professional sermons) took to the stand to share their personal, individual experiences with living the principles of their faith. Mormons call this a Fast and Testimony Meeting. Think open mic. I recorded the following […]

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How a sunset inspired a purpose-driven, daddy-daughter conversation

Not long ago, my twelve-year-old daughter Casey and I took a stroll around the park to watch the sunset.  It was beautiful!  But what was even more impressive was Casey’s words of wisdom and stimulating questions. “Dad, do you think God put us here at this exact moment for a purpose?” asked Casey. “Yes,” I said. “Don’t you?” “Yes, I think so,” Casey said. “I […]

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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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Because of your consistency

A letter of gratitude to my parents In the early a.m. hours, following my personal scripture study, I like to review in my personal journal what I wrote that day in years past.  Today, October 14, I came across a brief but thoughtful letter to my parents nine years ago today.  I feel impressed to share it with you now. An eternal impact Dear Mom […]

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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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