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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.

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March 20th, 2017 07:02:50

The Youth of the Church

March 12th, 2017 by G.

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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

More Practical Mormonism

January 17th, 2017 by G.

Tools are beautiful. Even the words for tools and their parts have a charm to them. Tang, ferrule. They are most beautiful when you know their use because you have used them, such that your hula hoe has some hint of ripe tomato in your mind. (more…)

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January 17th, 2017 08:30:44

Small Affections

January 09th, 2017 by G.

Saturday you drive a van of youth, ages 12 – 17, 3 hours to the temple.  They talk happily the whole time.  Riddles, books, rubik’s cubes, music.  You are amazed at the health of it.

Sunday one of them slowly, gropingly, fervently bears his testimony about the temple.  It was his first time.

Your Elder Quorums’ President is in a kilt.  His daughter saved her money to buy it for him for Christmas, he says.  So he is wearing it.

You meet a man who is there for the first time.  His family will be joining him in June.  You invite him over to dinner along with your home-teaching family.  It turns out he had been fasting because he was sad from loneliness.

 

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January 09th, 2017 08:01:10

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

A New Aristocracy

December 13th, 2016 by G.

How can you not check out a general conference talk titled “The New Aristocracy“? (Saturday morning, October 1974, Elder Faust).

It did not disappoint.

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December 13th, 2016 08:28:27

A Good Day

December 07th, 2016 by G.

You take the sacrament.

You interview your children one by one and bless them as a father while your wife takes treats to the farm wife she visit teaches.

Your family goes to your office to decorate it for Christmas.  Your daughters arrange the nativity, your son’s eyes gleam when you pull out the model train.

A good day.

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December 07th, 2016 09:09:34

The Saints Together

November 30th, 2016 by G.

Friday morning you show up three hours from your home in the New Mexican city to visit your brother and his family.  You realize you don’t know the address of his new home and don’t have directions.  You also realize that  you forgot to bring your phone with you. (more…)

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November 30th, 2016 10:18:15

You Big Lug

November 16th, 2016 by G.

Your engineer bishop is gone.  Your janitor counselor is running the service.  “The opening prayer will be . . . uh, I wonder who I asked . . .” He grins wryly.  A brother in the back raises his hand. (more…)

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November 16th, 2016 08:15:56

Special musical number

November 13th, 2016 by Vader

Your ward is unusually blessed with musical talent. Most Sacrament meetings include a musical number halfway through the service, in addition to the usual hymns.

This week it is a mother and daughter on violin with piano accompaniment. The daughter begins, playing the familiar tune from “A Child’s Prayer”. Her playing is that of a promising student who has begun to master the volin: On pitch, on tempo, but slightly tentative, with no vibrato.

On the second verse, the mother takes over. The mother is the principal of her section in the local orchestra. The music is rich, vibrant, full of life. For a moment you feel slightly badly that the mother is showing up her daughter, a little.

Then it hits you. The first verse of the song is the child’s prayer. The second verse is the parent reassuring the child that there is a Father who hears every prayer. The contrast in musical experience is perfect for the message of the song.

As the mother and daughter join in the fugue that is the third verse, you start to choke up.

 

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November 13th, 2016 14:46:40

A Taste of Things to Come

November 07th, 2016 by G.

There is something prophetic about going to the temple and seeing many old friends there.

 

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November 07th, 2016 07:42:20

My son, my son!

October 31st, 2016 by MC

“Is there any particular scripture story you want to read tonight, bud?”

“How about the one where King David’s son gets his hair caught on a tree and is killed?” You rack your brain. King David’s son? Absalom? Is that how Absalom dies? Yeah, that sounds familiar. But we only read that story one time, and it was at least six months ago. How does he remember it? At first you feel pride at having such a bright little boy, but then it hits you: If he can remember that, what else does he remember? You resolve to start behaving yourself better, lest your misdeeds be recorded on your Permanent Record. (more…)

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