Making a Difference

You know when you go on vacation and you see so many breathtaking views and have so many rich experiences and then you try to share all of that with one photo and it just cannot capture the fullness of your experience in that single photo, yet you want so desperately to share with that…

A Different Angle on Forgiving

In photography, one simple tip for getting more interesting photos is to shoot from different angles. The angle can drastically change the overall look and feel of the image, and different angles will allow you to see the same thing in a way that you may not have seen it before. The same is true…

Breaking Beneath the Surface

I think all my history teachers from Elementary through High school were trained by the same person because they all stared class out with the same question, “Why do we learn about history?” And the conclusion was always the same: So that we don’t repeat our mistakes. I don’t disagree with the value of this…

The Emptiness of Revenge

It made me so furious that I had to keep putting the book down. A young girl, still a teenager, alone in a new country, facing her fears and the unknown with the hope that she can do something for her family and at least save them from starving to death. She was vulnerable and…

Don’t Aim at Success

I love the Olympics, and I really really love Olympic stories, like the one, for example, that was created by Ester Ledecka during the Super-G event. “An instant after completing her run in Saturday’s Olympic women’s super-G, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic stood motionless in the snow as she gazed at the scoreboard where…

The Battle with the Mold in the Bathroom

I cleaned the mold in my bathroom today. It was huge. Not the mold, the accomplishment. I’ve been trying to get that caulking between the tile and my tub clean ever since we moved into the house five years ago. I do clean my bathroom, but this mold is relentless. I’ve used just about everything….

Is It Justified?

Amalickiah wanted to be king. The majority didn’t vote for him so he left and took whoever would follow him. Not only did he leave his Nephite community, but he joined forces with the Lamanites, enemies of the Nephites. Through fraud and deceit (Alma 47&48) he soon became the Lamanite king and created an army…

Generous Orthodoxy

“Is It Possible for Christians to be Simultaneously Open-Minded and Committed to Tradition?” John Weirick The first time I heard the phrase “Generous Orthodoxy” was in a podcast by Malcolm Gladwell, on Revisionist History. The phrase immediately caught my attention. It was like strolling along the beach not really looking for anything in particular and…

Pessimistic Optimism

“You don’t… build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen.” Gordon B Hinckley What’s the difference between looking at a situation with “pessimism” versus looking at it honestly? What if looking at the situation honestly and opening your eyes to see things are they really are means…