Meaningful Love

“Love one another; as I have loved you … By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”  John 13:34-35 My 10-year-old daughter has been looking forward to participating in the school play for the second year in a row. Last year only those who wanted…

Promoting Justice through Injustice

One reason it takes deep courage to act with moral integrity is because you have to give up control. Acting with moral integrity, making the best decision, choosing what is just, right, and good does not guarantee that the “good guy” will win. If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable. Thomas More My dad coached…

Validation Dependency

I’m having a hard time articulating the difference between validation dependency and a virtuous desire to be in relationships with others.  Validation dependency is destructive and erodes the character, but there is a difference between validation dependency and a desire to love and to be loved by others. Is it not good to desire to…

Grace or Works?

There’s this idea that we can only qualify for blessings if we work hard enough first, that righteous actions preceded blessings. “And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated (D&C 130:21).” “For we know that it is by grace that we are saved…

Anxiety or Divine Inspiration?

the 3rd revision: My daughter’s first backpacking trip was when she was four years old. She and her dad hiked in one mile. She carried a couple of stuffed animals in her backpack, while her dad carried the rest of the gear. It was love at first sight for her. Every summer since then the…

Anxiety or Intuition?

My daughter’s first backpacking trip was when she was four years old. She and her dad hiked in one mile. She carried couple of stuffed animals in her backpack, while her dad carried the rest of the gear. It was love at first sight for her. Every summer since then the two of them have…

Band-aids on a Battlefield

Once a month on Monday night I glance at the pain of free prisoners as I walk among them. My presence initially makes them nervous and they hide in the shadows or turn down another street, little do they know that I’m nervous too. An unfamiliar face is hard to trust when exploitation is familiar….

Moral Relativism?

I’ve been working on this paper all week. It’s not finished yet, but I’m posting it now anyway. edited: the PDF link is the finial revision of this article. What Is Your Answer  Farmer Ben has only ducks and cows. He can’t remember how many of each he has, but he doesn’t need to remember…

Anxiety or Intuition? Premonitions or Fears?

My daughter’s first backpacking trip was when she was four years old. She and her dad hiked in one mile. She carried couple of stuffed animals in her backpack, while her dad carried the rest of the gear. It was love at first sight for her. Every summer since then the two of them have…

When is Offering Unsolicited Advice an Act of Goodness?

Is unsolicited advice morally permissible or is it always an act of indulgence by the advice-giver? I wrote an article. Someone I knew came across it online and read it, and then called to give me some advice on my article. When is unsolicited advice appropriate and when is it inappropriate? I work at an…