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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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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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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