Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

Apple Harvest, Family Harvest

September 22nd, 2016 by G.

This morning you look at your whole crop of kids, laughing and chattering, eating apple pie for breakfast.  (more…)

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September 22nd, 2016 08:55:38

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

Cleaning Lady

August 22nd, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

You see the cleaning lady at your work in the front row at church. She does not speak English. She is beat down by life. Huh, you think, I did not realize she was Mormon.

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August 22nd, 2016 12:28:30

Sonship

August 08th, 2016 by G.

A long trip.  Your relatives’ ward.  During the sacrament, he curls up on the pew and falls asleep with his head on your lap.  You stroke his hair.

You are grateful for the moment of fellowship you feel for the Father.

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August 08th, 2016 04:28:21

Priesthood is Power

July 18th, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

? Your Stake President is retired FBI. Brethren, he says with fervor, priesthood is power, like a .45 caliber in your hand.  (more…)

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July 18th, 2016 08:27:44

Peter and Icecream

June 07th, 2016 by G.

You conduct your Family Home Evening on the back porch, while making ice cream.  You puzzle over why your wife asked for vanilla flavor.

A younger daughter volunteers for the “Jesus minute.”  She tells about Peter walking on the water.  You tell your family you have been thinking about Peter too.  We stumble no matter where we walk, you say, so we might as well try walking on water.

Your wife hauls out a  half gallon of vanilla ice cream she got at a deep discount.  She has the children taste test the store ice cream and then your own, and calculate the costs.  Your children conclude that your ice cream tastes better and costs less, if you do not mind time spent on the back porch with the clan.

The younger daughter who volunteered licks the paddle.  Your curly-headed toddler takes a bite and chants “happy, happy, happy.”

 

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June 07th, 2016 04:55:07

What Groucho Declaimed

May 31st, 2016 by G.

It is probably a milestone of some sort, though I do not know what, when one of your kids flags you down to share a few lines of poetry that caught her eye, while wearing Groucho Marx spectacles and mustache.

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May 31st, 2016 20:41:31

Mother’s Day.

May 09th, 2016 by G.

If there is better way to spend Mother’s Day than spending all day making an elaborate meal for your wife, and having her get immediately and violently ill after eating it, I do not know what it is.

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May 09th, 2016 07:20:28

Road Trips

May 02nd, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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May 02nd, 2016 08:31:16

Cello God

April 08th, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life, a dialogue: (more…)

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April 08th, 2016 06:49:27

Splashing God

April 07th, 2016 by G.

Last night the trashbag was too heavy for my young son, so he asked me to help him carry it out to the bin. On the way we passed the wading pool. It caught my eye because there were two balloon people bandits floating in it–balloons wearing swim goggles and bandannas, with faces marked on. Apparently my girls had been having fun.

My son saw me looking at it. “We played with God in the pool,” he said. (more…)

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April 07th, 2016 08:49:09

The First Feel of the Water

March 24th, 2016 by G.

Overheard from a missionary:

Our families are worth the world to us.
We are worth the world to God.

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March 24th, 2016 08:11:42

Glimpses of Heaven

February 23rd, 2016 by G.

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On the sweetness of Mormon life.
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February 23rd, 2016 07:30:43

Souls Shine from the Inside

February 08th, 2016 by G.

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February 08th, 2016 07:00:37