Threefold Mission of the Church


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 […]

Psychologists and philosophers will tell you that two powers alone make the entire human race tick, that two motivations determine all actions – Love and fear. Others would call love the life force – the natural inclination to grow and learn, the will to survive and thrive. The only reason to avoid the sheer joy […]

Several years ago while serving as elders quorum president for three university wards combined for the summer, I faced the challenge of motivating our quorum members to wake up early enough on a Sunday morning to attend nine o’clock priesthood meeting. After consulting with my counselors, we decided the best thing we could do was […]

The biggest trouble with good advice is that we so often fail to take it.

It’s not your fault, though…okay, it is your fault, but who can blame you? The simple fact remains that despite any amount of good advice we may receive, we humans still have to learn life’s lessons for ourselves.

Someone else […]

A few years after returning from my mission, I transferred from my hometown university and moved to San Francisco. It didn’t take long before I found myself acting differently, feeling differently, and in many ways becoming a different person. It seemed as if I had been born into a new life. But being a member […]

“And also,” wrote Josette from somewhere in France, “I don’t agree with political mails on this file.” This came in one of a dozen emails about voting and politics from the LDS singles email group I joined a few months earlier. “I thought that this forum my brothers and sisters was totally unbiased,” agreed Nunda […]

You know all the answers to junior Sunday school questions by heart: pray, read the scriptures, keep the commandments, Jesus. There’s a good reason for the repetition: these are the best answers to nearly every problem you will ever face throughout your life.

President Hinckley added what ought to become another answer in your repertoire […]