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Will our passion for conservatism result in more liberalism?  

Last October I posted a blog entitled You have to let me work here, don’t you?

Just remember that the example here goes BOTH ways – protections for both conservative and liberal agendas.

A few months ago in July I posted a blog entitled Are we choosing our battles wisely over the marriage debate?

I invite you to take a few minutes to go back and read both to give you a basis for today’s thoughts.

My goal is to do whatever is needed to protect and preserve religious liberty here in the United States as well as around the world.

This will ALWAYS be my goal.

I’m becoming more and more concerned, however, about positions people are taking in the name of “religious freedom.”

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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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Can freedom of religion be nondiscriminatory?

Okay, this will be a bit of a diversion from our conversation on the family. I want to just take a quick detour and address some current events. We’ll resume our family focus on Monday.  (Hey, with someone kind of nuts, it really isn’t that surprising is it?)

Many of you may have heard the announcement of support of nondiscrimination rights for the LGBT community yesterday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It didn’t strike me as new or groundbreaking; rather, it was entirely consistent with support given a few years ago when Salt Lake passed similar legislation. It rings true to me.

What surprised me a little, however, was the response. During a news interview, a panel was discussing the prospects of state-wide approval. Consensus was that there was absolutely no reason not to vote for this.

But the representative from the left said that while it was a good start, there were many of his counterparts who were upset.

I thought I had surely misheard him. What was there to be upset about?

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The Family: The Final Frontier?

smithsonianThe National Gallery of Art at The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. has a room with four walls and four doorways. While walking slowly through the museum more than 25 years ago, I found myself captivated in this particular room. In fact, I returned two more times just to take it in.

There was just one painting on each of the four walls; the four paintings telling one story.


(Source of Voyage of Life paintings: Explore Thomas Cole)

Completed by the 1850s, The Voyage of Life by Thomas Cole is a series depicting one man’s journey, beginning at Childhood and then going through Youth, Manhood, and ending at Old Age.  The allegorical paintings are rich in color, imagery, and meaning.

youthI saved up and bought large prints of the series. They have hung in every living room we have ever had, wherever we have lived. Currently, they are in the small piano room right by the front door. Continue reading The Family: The Final Frontier?

Are we asking the wrong questions?

unique2I am different from you.

You are different from me.unique

That’s a good thing.

There are things that you desire and hope for that I will probably never even think of. There are things that are critically important to me that you most likely find ridiculous.

Are you okay with that?

Often the conversation will stop there. Continue reading Are we asking the wrong questions?