The blessings of paying tithing

Some people might disagree with me, but I feel that much of the promises extended to faithful Christians are vague. We all have faith that by following commandments and trying to be like Jesus, our eternal reward will be life with God. However, what blessings are in store for me right now? I feel that […]

A 48-year long experiment of faith?

I taught the Gospel Doctrine Sunday School class this past week and we were covering Alma 32–35 (lesson 28). We spent a majority of the time discussing faith and the experiment we are to do. One thing that has always frustrated me is that people are willing to “experiment” with all sorts of things… drugs, […]

Count your blessings

We recently had a family home evening lesson about what we were grateful for. Here is a list of things that were mentioned by the 5 members of my family. You can probably guess which ones were from adults and which ones were from kids, but there are definitely some that could be either (I’ll […]

Our motivation for doing things

I don’t have anything deep to say about this, but it’s something I’ve thought about before and figured I’d put up something quick about it. I’m certainly not the only one who has thought of this, but there seems to be a progression of why we do things. Sometimes we do things because we have […]

179th Annual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon Session

As I mentioned l last time, I was a little distracted during the first session, but I was able to pay attention more during this second session. There were several good talks that I made note of and we might use them in my ward for the 4th Sunday lessons. It was reported to me […]

Religious Freedom Day, 2009

For some reason the other night I was poking around the White House web site, and came across the proclamations page. Apparently today (January 16, 2009) is Religious Freedom Day in the United States. I haven’t read anything on- or offline about this. The proclamation is worded very well. I particularly appreciated the following: Our […]

2009 “State of the Ward” address

Since I’ve been bishop, it has been tradition (as I’m sure it is in many wards) that I speak on the first Sunday (other than Fast Sunday), and talk about how the previous year was and what we need to work on for the coming year. I did that on Sunday. For those who are […]

Survey: Many believe in divine intervention

The Associated Press (seen on CNN) has an article about how most people believe that God will save people’s lives: When it comes to saving lives, God trumps doctors for many Americans. An eye-opening survey reveals widespread belief that divine intervention can revive dying patients. And, researchers said, doctors “need to be prepared to deal […]

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