It never feels good when we are going through a trial, trying to fix a life-altering problem, dealing with something that often feels like a solo mission destined for failure, and we approach General Conference with the hope of some kind of relief or answer, and the answers don't come. To the contrary, there may … Continue reading When a talk in General Conference offends us, what do we do?
Dear Bishop(s), First and foremost, I need to tell you something that has been on my mind and is long overdue. With the recent media coverage of the Bishops interview questions and the news around it I just have one thing to say- Thank you. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy … Continue reading An open letter to all my Latter-Day Saint Bishops
Christ and His apostles are present at the Last Supper where He institutes the sacrament and tells them it is in representation of His infinite sacrifice that He will soon perform. It is the first day of Passover and both Matthew and Mark recount what happens next: "And when they had sung an hymn, they … Continue reading The hymn Christ and His Apostles sang at the Last Supper may surprise you.
During the winter months of 1856, my 4th Great Grandfather Joseph Mckay found himself near death traveling in the Willie handcart company while crossing Rocky Ridge, and he collapsed on the frozen ground waiting to die. He had trekked thousands of miles from Europe, eagerly awaiting for the arrival to the Salt Lake Valley. He, … Continue reading The miracle at Rocky Ridge: How Andrew Young Smith saved my 4th Great Grandfather
During the sacrament hymn at church today, a young child in our congregation started getting fussy, something not unusual on Sundays. He started quietly, and grew increasingly louder in frustration. By the time the blessing for the water came around, he was still crying with his full, tiny lungs. The parents to their patient credit, … Continue reading The lesson I learned in sacrament meeting from a crying child
I knew something was wrong with my back the minute I heard it pop. I was helping someone move heavy furniture and felt my lower back pop multiple times. The pain shot down my spine, went to my pelvis and down both legs. After a few weeks of trying to ignore the constant pain and … Continue reading “After all we can do” is never going to be enough, and that’s OK
I had a prompting a few days before my grandpa passed away two years ago to write a blog directed at him to try and help him not fear death. Unfortunately I didn't heed that quiet prompting and so I am writing this as a memorial to him with the hopes of righting a wrong … Continue reading What I wished I told my grandpa before he passed away
Have you ever feared for your life? Was there a time where you lost everything and had the decision of being with your family or leaving them behind, basically giving them a death sentence? There are hundreds of families, specifically Muslim families who experience these difficulties on a day to day basis and I came … Continue reading Sam-A Muslim refugees story
You are worthless. Let's face it, no matter how hard you try, you will never be good enough, smart enough, wise enough, responsible enough, you will always fall short of what you want to accomplish. Those statements, among numerous more, are the day to day lies the adversary whispers into our ears to "bring us … Continue reading The Atonement of Christ isn’t for me
Disgust. That was my first initial reaction after reading about the worst terrorist attack in America since 9/11 where more than 50 men and women died and numerous more injured at a gay bar in Miami. The killer, now dead, was offended by seeing 2 men kiss, so in his mind, arming himself with assault … Continue reading Hate-The weapon America and the world can’t seem to get rid of