We as a church put an extra emphasis on families. We are taught how important the family unit is on this earth life and beyond. I agree the family unit with a loving set of parents brings about great blessings…etc….etc…as the church teaches. (more…)
The second December I spent with my wife found the two of us happily browsing through the Christmas decorations at a local craft store in Orem Utah. (more…)
Traditionally, we think of poverty as something persistent, unchangeable, hopeless, and enduring. And we tend to view “poor people” the same way. You hear stories on the radio about that guy on the street corner and you hear something incredibly depressing – he served in Vietnam, got a bit messed up, can’t hold down a job anywhere, lost his wife and kids to divorce, turned to drugs and alcohol, has been in and out of rehab centers and jail alternatively for the past 20 years… It goes on like this. (more…)
Heather has a wonderful post over at Mormon Mommy Wars about the strength you find within yourself when you’re faced with trials, particularly ones involving your children. It made me think of something I received at work during a company-wide lunch presentation about stress. The woman presenting it had cute little gifts for everyone based on their situation or personality. She gave me a notepad that has a picture of a woman with three small kids that says, “You can’t scare me. I have children.”
The other day a friend of mine who designs book covers attended a panel discussion about…um…book design. Two of the three panelists as well as the moderator are considered ‘superstar’ designers, celebrities of the community. Before you snicker at the idea of a celebrity graphic designer, consider the fact that almost every community has celebrities (think bloggernacle). Usually these are people who not only excel at their craft but are propped up (either by themselves or by others) as experts. That means book authorship, speaking engagements and among other things, panel discussions.
As part of the discussion there were audience-submitted questions, one of which asked, “Why do you…suppose there are so few…female ‘superstar’ graphic designers? Is there a glass ceiling in graphic design?” (more…)
I just stumbled onto this story earlier this week. It seems as though the company behind the “Left Behind” books co-authored by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have created a video game, “Left Behind: Eternal Forces.” (more…)
Mine is one that was horribly embarrassing at the time, but I now find hilarious. Or at least, it definitely always makes me laugh, just thinking about it.
Two of my sons were just in “Scrooge the Musical”. They did a fantastic job but listening to old Mr. Scrooge got me thinking. (more…)
I mean, surely those who decide to sing it at EVERY SINGLE meeting that President Hinckley attends have read the lyrics and know that only the first two lines are about prophets and the rest is about the Gospel in the latter-days, right? Not that there is anything wrong with singing about the Gospel in the latter-days, but if that’s the objective then there are many others which are better. Seriously now, President Hinckley can’t still enjoy hearing this song, can he?
DKL has an interesting post about work in which he disagrees with David O McKay’s famous quote “no other success can compensate for failure in the home.” The subsequent comments have made me think again about the concept of “quality time” and my feelings on the matter.
I think it’s a crock. (more…)