My Turn at Being at a Pundit on Local TV

Not too long ago, I was asked to join local news anchors to talk about our local and state primary results. Because I’m involved with the local Dems, they asked me on to provide my thoughts as a counterpoint to a moderate Republican (Ann Rydalch) and a conservative Republican (Erik Simpson). I enjoyed hanging out,… Continue Reading

Is There Meaning in Life Without Religion?

One of the things we hear a lot at church is that the gospel brings meaning to life. It answers the questions dealing with who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. And, of course, faith, the gospel, church, religion, or whatever you call it can bring meaning to your life. But… Continue Reading

What, Exactly, is a “Minimum Wage Work Ethic”?

A few months ago I was at an event that involved a presentation on building a business. One of the quotes that stuck out to me was something to this effect: If you want to make more than minimum wage, you can’t have a minimum wage worth ethic. This quote perfectly embodies the faulty idea… Continue Reading

Does Your Past Self-Righteous Behavior Haunt You?

As a college student, I had my ear pierced with second holes. Not too long after that, a talk given by President Hinckley indicated that multiple ear piercings were unacceptable. The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve have declared that we discourage tattoos and also “the piercing of the body for other than… Continue Reading

Mormonism in Context Lesson 3: Nauvoo and the Martyrdom

It’s been a while since I had time to work through the Mormonism in Context course by historian Brian Whitney. But now that things have settled down a little bit, I’ve gone back to reading The Mormon People and reading the lessons from Brian. Lesson 3, which deals with the Nauvoo period and the martyrdom… Continue Reading

5 Feelings I Never Experienced Until My Divorce

On September 2, 2015, I received my divorce decree. The date stamped on the paperwork reads August 31. While the date matters when I fill out an application for health insurance or complete some other paperwork, the experienced reality of divorce is that it’s a process. I feel like it’s been going on since my… Continue Reading

On Doing Things We Don’t Want To Do

Sometimes we find ourselves doing things we don’t want to do. As children, we have the idea that once we’re older we can do anything we want. But this isn’t always the case. There are plenty of circumstances that restrict our freedom of action. Some of these restrictions come as a result of our own… Continue Reading

Something to Think About this Memorial Day

We often talk about honoring our troops but do we put our collective public money where our mouths are? Is it lip service only that we pay to our veterans? Even though the number of homeless veterans has decreased in recent years, we probably aren’t doing enough. We talk about those who have fallen in service… Continue Reading

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