General Conference!

The first two sessions of Conference have left me with a lot to think about, and a few talks already to go back and read or watch in the coming days. There are tons of thoughts I could write about, but, for me, General Conference is more than just watching in the chapel or finding a broadcast. It’s an opportunity to spend time with others. It always felt like some sort of holiday when I was little – a holiday where you go to church for 10 hours. And sometimes Continue reading General Conference!


The first time I met Jimmer Fredette was actually on the football field. I was visiting friends for a few days and, guys being guys, we played sports. A lanky, quiet kid was on my team and answered to the name “Jimmer.” He didn’t talk much, and explained he was going to take it easy because he didn’t want to get injured. But he could throw and catch, and ended up on my team.Today the name “Jimmer” is nationally known for basketball. But a list of statistics has never really defined a per Continue reading Jimmer

The Widow’s Mite… And Mine

 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing…And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.This story requires some background to truly understand it. In the days of Christ, Israelites we Continue reading The Widow’s Mite… And Mine

Why I Believe: The Bible

When I was little I definitely found the Bible intriguing. Its society seemed so incredibly distant from mine, its language totally foreign, its culture and people decidedly odd. Accounts of the Creation of the world, floods that cover the earth, wars between brothers and nations, miracles in the form of frogs and snakes, bread from heaven that turns into worms if you store it on any day but the Sabbath, marching around city walls to knock them down… all mixed in with page after page of geneal Continue reading Why I Believe: The Bible

Why I Believe: The Book of Mormon

There’s a new show on Broadway called “The Book of Mormon – the Musical.” It was written by a group of men who triumphantly proclaim their distaste for religion through endless sarcasm and obscenity, and its scenes are touted as ridiculing not only Latter-day Saint theology, but the beliefs and faith of religion as a whole.The musical, which loosely follows the story of two missionaries serving in Uganda, has been heralded by the media as pushing Broad Continue reading Why I Believe: The Book of Mormon

Why I Believe: Prayer

“I begin by saying, ‘Dear Heavenly Father.’ I thank Him for blessings He sends.Then humbly I ask Him for things that I need,In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”Prayer has always been a huge part of my life. Some of my earliest memories were kneeling in a circle with my family, praying for the health of a family member, blessings of comfort, safety before embarking on a trip, strength from a meal, or peace and good sleep before going to bed.As the years have gone b Continue reading Why I Believe: Prayer