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...]

Feeling Truth

Two nights ago, I sat in a small auditorium waiting for my daughter to perform in her end-of-the-school year dance program. I don't know much about dance. If the dancer's movements are in sync with the music I'm satisfied. My daughter's group finally strolled onto the stage and began their routine. As they began dancing I noticed a smile grow across the face of my daughter. She was in her … [Read more...]