Do my choices bring me peace?

It’s pretty common to hear people talk about their trials.


Everyone has them.

Yet, when we combine the unique set of circumstances, and history, and severity, and emotional strength, and physical endurance (you get the idea), then each trial is different.

It really comes down to the fact that each of us is a unique and important child of our Heavenly Father.

We can understand that our trials are almost personalized, just right for us.raindrops2

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Winning the battle doesn’t have to mean we lose our soul

This past week in Utah the legislature began the process of approving SB 296 into law.

I am absolutely thrilled.

hand shakeObviously, I am thrilled for the content and collaboration and compromise of two previously polarized opposite sides. People of faith and people in the LGBT community are now standing side by side in recognition of the need to preserve the rights of everyone.

It is simply the right thing to do.

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I am happy being Hyrum

Hyrum Smith has always been one of my heroes.

His little brother Joseph turned out to be everyone else’s “big” brother, you know, the one everyone turned to and sought out and admired.

joseph smith 3The world knows the name Joseph Smith; Hyrum, on the other hand, probably not so much.

In a world where recognition and status and being at the top of the pecking order is the only acceptable place to be (if one wants to be seen as a success), being the quiet one in the shadows doesn’t hold much appeal.

I was certainly an avid believer of this mindset for most of my life. I was going to be the boss, the owner of my own company, a real mover and shaker in the business world.

It was simply unacceptable to be anything else.

Or be anything less.

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The gift of the Golden Rule

“Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”

scripturesIn today’s vernacular: treat someone the way you would like to be treated.

It’s pretty straightforward.

Looking at much of the discord in society today, I wonder if it wouldn’t help solve much of the bickering and stagnation.

Give others what you need to be given.

You may think they are saying the same thing, but there is a subtle difference, if we just look for it.

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