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Change in order to win a bride? Or . . .

Tonight I had an astonishing realization. One of the things I do most (and best, haha) when I start dating someone, is mold and shape my life to fit with theirs and their expectations. Many, many people will tell you that this is a bad idea. I do not disagree. In fact, it’s probably ruined […]

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A Walk in the Woods

Dear J., This evening I had such a delightful little walk that I had to come home and write to you about it. I initially thought I would walk for 30 minutes. 3x that many minutes later, I think I was almost home. And I’m pretty sure I was smiling the whole time. It snowed […]

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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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March 2023