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Better cold?

Tonight . . . was awesome. Taste this: the pork shoulder rests upon a massive cutting board, relaxing after a warm, structurally re-arranging day in the smoker. Cherry essence enlivening every fiber, the sinews pull in the last memories of the sweet, spicy, salty rub they only met a mere 18 hours ago. Oh, how […]

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Level-up my belief

Today I was reading from my document of all of the direct, explicit references to Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon. I came across this injunction in 2 Nephi 25:29 – “the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must […]

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Is this adequate training for the slopes?

If you aren’t going to make the bus walking, and you’ve always dreamed of skiing or snowboarding, it might be time for a practice run. And 3Β°F? Heh, you’ll warm up πŸ˜‚ (in reality, with all that gear on you’re going to get quite the morning workout) Now, who can teach me how to do […]

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Reasons for Coming Unto Christ

Today while sitting in Sacrament Meeting and pondering the promises and blessings that the Lord has (and has not) given me, I had an interesting realization. It appears that there may be _________ levels appertaining to our personal choice to come unto Christ. What does it take to arrive in that last space? That’s where […]

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A Choice Blessing

Today I was humbled as I witnessed a small miracle. 6 years ago when I arrived in Iowa City I was called as a WEBELOS den leader. The boys I got to serve were rambunctious and wonderful, and I love them. I thought even then about how they would grow up and become bearers of […]

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King Brad. But not by virtue of ordering a burger

I stopped at a nostalgic location on the way home from the temple today. Every table had a crown per pair of chairs. Since it was solo me, that meant I became the temporary monarch. My neighbors at the table across the aisle shunned their appointed adornments, but I figured that the beautiful crowns of […]

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Impulse buying or creative problem solving?

You should always grab a cart when you go into Costco. Otherwise you might end up buying a storage container you don’t really need so you can carry all of the other things you didn’t have on your list.

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A Curious Delay

Interesting discovery today: it does not appear that the concept of Christ changing or converting our hearts for us was written about in the Book of Mormon before Mosiah 3 (King Benjamin), unless you count Jacob 5, which is a pretty big stretch to apply it to hearts specifically, or 2 Nephi 16:10, which is […]

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Five Sources of Joy

I often have conversations with my roommate, and one of the underlying topics of the conversations is where one can find true self-confidence, true satisfaction, or true joy. I would like to present five areas: A Knowledge of Your Origin As a Son or Daughter of God The first source of joy is our knowledge, […]

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The Bright Morning of Arrival

I had thought that I would have several blog pages, for different topics. I may yet do that, but right now not having the time to set up the site is a barrier to my writing at all. So here’s a post that is not organized into any category. πŸ™‚ President Boyd K. Packer relates […]

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