What Mormon Women Get

I was listening to Mormon Stories Podcast yesterday and got to the end of the first episode that covered the latest General Conference. Jamie Handis Handy talks about her role as a woman in the church, and knocks it out of the park. I'm glad that my two daughters won't grow up in a church that sees them as second class citizens. … [Read more...]

Serving a Mormon Mission in Germany

Leaving the MTC for Germany was an exciting time. I'd never been out of the country, and I was headed to a country to teach people about my religion in a language I could barely speak. But I was with a group of people I'd learned to trust and love, and I figured I'd be fine as long as I could have some contact with them and my family. I was assigned to a small town named Siegen which was a … [Read more...]

Preparing to Serve a Mormon Mission

Over the past 6 months I've watched as our oldest daughter went back and forth about which high school to attend. She eventually decided to attend a smaller school that most of her friends will be attending. We discussed the different approaches to academics, orchestra and other after-school activities, but her decision was primarily influenced by friends. Had most of them decided to attend … [Read more...]

My Early Years As A Mormon

I don't remember a time when my parents told me I was a mormon. It was like being American or caucasian. I didn't choose to be either of those, and being a mormon wasn't a choice either. My parents were mormon, so I was mormon. Most of our neighbors in Ogden, Utah were mormon as well. I did have a good friend named Ken Pretti whose family wasn't mormon. I believe they belonged to the Catholic … [Read more...]

Adapt and Refine Your Work

Two and a half years ago I approached the owner of Puget Systems and told him I was moving to Utah. I explained that I wanted to remain with the company, and I proceeded to propose the work I could do 1200 miles away from company headquarters. My goal was to walk out of his office with any answer other than a "no". If I recall correctly, "Let me give it some thought" turned into a "Let's … [Read more...]

Fundamentalism vs. Secularism

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No Turning Back

How many time has someone told you that happiness is just a matter of being yourself? It seems so simple. But I'm convinced we often don't mean it. Or we mean it but only within a narrow range of behavior. Schools, companies and churches reward compliance and attempt to categorize us based on traditional roles. Teachers reward a very narrow band of behavior. Companies reward predictable … [Read more...]

The Price of Fidelity

Unfortunately, I've recently heard from a couple of readers of this blog who are dealing with a similar situation portrayed in this video. I can't think of a single example where Mormon leaders should advise a man or woman to leave their family over differences in beliefs. … [Read more...]