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On the sweetness of Mormon [Missionary] life…

November 28th, 2011 by Bookslinger

We were in a South American mission. I was the District Leader of a remote district, hours away from the mission office and any other district. (more…)

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November 28th, 2011 01:29:49

In the Synoguard of the Saints

October 30th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

It was the Sunday for the children’s program. I spent a good deal a time contemplating my children up their on the stand. It is an eerie experience, to suddenly see the old people that your children will be. Hopefully I live to love them when they reach old age, but if not, I already know that I will have affection for them. (more…)

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October 30th, 2017 05:48:25

September Canyon

September 18th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Southwest/American/Mormon life. (more…)

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September 18th, 2017 05:46:57

The Navajo and the Englishwoman

September 07th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

On your plane, a little behind and across from you, you see a Mormon missionary.  He looks American Indian.  His seatmate, from her accent, is a weatherbeaten Englishwoman.  He struggles to talk.  Can he have been so old-school in his tribe that he didn’t learn English until he was older, you wonder?  You can only pick up snippets of conversation, but you do hear him say that he has not seen his family for 2 years and later, very earnestly, that it was an honor to serve.

On exit, you fall in next to him.  He is Navajo.  He talks haltingly because he has spent two years in Peru without speaking a word of English.  He isn’t familiar with air ports so you point out where the baggage claim will be and explain that his family isn’t there at debarcation because they aren’t allowed, they will be further along.  You thank him for serving the Lord and leave him when you get to the family.  They are healthy and happy and numerous, all driven out the 3 hours from Window Rock.

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September 07th, 2017 06:39:06

A Day in the Life of President Howard W. Hunter

August 29th, 2017 by G.

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On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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August 29th, 2017 07:30:04

The Baptism of the Son

June 12th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

An old cowboy bears his testimony. he is being released from the bishopric. It is his 3rd bishopric. He cries when he speaks. He say’s he’ll miss the friendship. His successor is a dirt contractor who “grew up rough.”
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June 12th, 2017 04:43:05

Broccoli Buccaneers.

April 10th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of family life.

Two of your younger children ask if they can use your truck. (more…)

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April 10th, 2017 05:21:52

The Light of Heaven

March 20th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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March 20th, 2017 07:02:50

The Youth of the Church

March 12th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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March 12th, 2017 19:55:19

Too Young to Work

February 20th, 2017 by G.

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February 20th, 2017 07:21:18

Christmas Sunday Sights and Sounds

December 26th, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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December 26th, 2016 18:36:38

Sleeping Younguns

December 21st, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

Really, on the sweetness of fatherhood and motherhood.

There is something irreplaceable about carrying your small, sleeping children to bed.  It is an experience that never palls. (more…)

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December 21st, 2016 08:38:24

Primary Program

October 24th, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.  Your kindergarten son leans over after the priest recites the sacrament prayer again, this time correctly. “Dad, he forgot to say,’ which was shed for them correct, dad?” Correct. You are impressed.  He has apparently managed to memorize the prayers.

Minutes later, he goes to the stand for the primary program, and confidently and clearly mangles his line. (more…)

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October 24th, 2016 06:56:03

Emotions Made One

September 05th, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

One testimony meeting. Three weeping women. One somber man. A shy man. You–brief, bluff, manly—you have affected this style so often that now it comes natural. Another man, genial, laughing about the spiritual advice his dad used to give him, always concluding with, “and believe me, son, you need it.” A cheery, beaming sister.

You reflect that all these moods and modes of being are pleasing to God.

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September 05th, 2016 11:51:34

Water and Tears

August 29th, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

Sacrament.  The front row woman suddenly starts to cry hard.  A 12-year old deacon offers her the sacrament tray and a wad of tissue the Bishop gave him.  She takes the bread, and  mouthes “thank you.”

Your curly-headed toddler lolls in your lap.  “Jesus bread,” she says.

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August 29th, 2016 07:45:06