10,000 hours

I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers where he brings up the idea of practicing something for 10,000 hours, and now I can’t stop thinking about the possibilities of practicing something for 10,000 hours. This theory, from what I understand, suggest that if one deliberately practices something for 10,000 hours, they will reach a…

Facing challenging decision that have an impact on others has a way with pushing and pressuring me to really consider the role the Spirit plays in that process. I’m not always comfortable with being fully responsible for a decision, and so it is easy for me to want the Spirit to be in charge of…

My daughters and I watched a mamma duck abandon her duckling. The duckling wasn’t able to fly and it just cried and cried. Have you ever heard a baby duckling cry? The sound carries amazingly far and is pitifully heartbreaking, especially if you witnessed the abandonment. I felt helpless. How do you help a vulnerable…

Rewarded in Tribulation

“Our reward will be greater if we remain faithful in tribulations.” That was the topic of our Sunday School discussion. I agree….mostly, but not completely. What if someone doesn’t have a lot of tribulations in their life? Will their eternal reward be less? Is tribulations essential in order to receive an eternal reward? What does…

The autumn crisp air is a welcomed change from the unbearable summer humidity and heat. Soon the sugar maple will be ready to tap. There is still enough light to read the newspaper as the sun reluctantly sinks beneath the horizon. You open up the Lake City Herald and read the headline: Prophecy From Planet…

Unplanned inconvenient disruptions can obnoxiously be beneficial. A little tiny virus whose identification is limited to the trained eye of a scientist through a powerful microscope, somehow had the power to shut the world down in a way that took everyone by surprise. Never underestimate the small and the simple. Covid’s inconsiderate arrival closed schools,…

Disclaimer: This is simply my online notebook of rough-draft writings. Read at your own risk. So Noah is going around telling everyone that there’s going to be this big flood, a flood so big that no one will be safe. It’s kind of unfortunate for those who happened to live in a city or town…

The Pious Genie In A Bottle

The most confusing, perplexing, and unknowable scripture in all the scripture…It’s not Isaiah, although with his writing skills, he would be a great one to recruit to hide some treasure with a series of elusive clues that will take treasure hunting teams years to figure out. It’s not John’s famous Revelations either. All the numbers…

When We Lose Motivation To Pursue Our Passion

Shouldn’t we be motivated to do the things we enjoy even if it has no meaningful impact on others or is valued by others? For example, what about an artist who loves to paint but after many attempts never has any luck/success selling her paintings or getting them noticed and recognized or even just appreciated…

The Book of Mormon is True, But What Does that Mean? An Ancient Record I personally believe that the Book of Mormon is true, which is to say that I believe that there was an actual ancient record found which was written upon by many individuals who lived from the time of the Tower of…

 Navigating and making room for the differing religious views of others can be very challenging, especially within a marriage. In this interview I talk with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife about how happy couples navigate religious differences and differences in general within their marriage. Wrapping up the conversation, Dr. Finlayson-Fife will discuss how to act from a…