The Gospel in Everyday Life


A little over seven years ago, my wife and I were living with two young children in Orem, Utah. One day, my wife suggested that maybe we should move to Nebraska for a few years to be close to her family and add some strength to the little ward where they lived. I didn’t want […]

In Acts chapter 26, we read that, after Paul had borne testimony of his vision of Jesus, he asked, “King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but […]

Today, I’d like to address a topic that’s been on my mind for several months.

During that time, I’ve noticed on several occasions that when a question has been asked in class about the things that we’re supposed to be doing in the gospel, the answers often revolve around what we call the “Sunday School […]

In bishopric meeting a month or so ago, while we were discussing topics for sacrament meeting, one that our bishop asked to have addressed again was tithing and fast offerings, the commandments, and the blessings.

We don’t address this topic repeatedly because the ward needs more money or because the stake president is breathing down […]

In many LDS circles, singles over 25 are considered old. 27 makes them a “menace to society.” 30 and stake leaders start suggesting a special fast. Divorcées might more often escape the curious glance and probing question “So, what’s your fatal flaw?” but they’re still single and in danger of missing out on some of […]

The LDS play “Saturday’s Warrior” seems to have as many opponents as it does fans. “That’s so fake!” detractors will say, “We didn’t promise one person in the premortal existance that we’d find them on earth and get married!” Then for good measure, they’ll toss in a prophetic paraphrase: “Any two righteous people can marry […]

I phoned a good friend (I’ll call her Mary) last night and we caught a 7:00 movie, then talked till midnight. I love Mary because she is bright, audacious and genuine.

“I’m going to start acting like a mindless flirt,” she suddenly announced.

“No you’re not,” I countered. I knew she could never stand to […]