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…

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…

The Woman at the Well

The Woman at the Well John 4:4-28 He leaves Jerusalem and heads to Galilee (probably a 70 mile journey), to get to Galilee he passes through Samaria, a route that is often bypassed by most Jews so that they can avoid Samaria. The Jews don’t like the Samaritans and the Samaritans don’t like the Jews….

The Caution of Religious Practices

When Abinadi was talking to the priest of King Noah, he said that the commandments are not “written on their hearts,” and that they had not “applied their hearts to understanding” them, and for that reason they were not able to act with wisdom (Mosiah 12,27, 13:11).  So I’ve been wondering what it means to…

Transactional Faith

Today I’m talking with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife about Transactional Faith. It is wrong to approach our faith as some sort of transaction believing that if we do what is right then we will be blessed? Is it wrong to believe that through our actions we can secure certain blessings and outcomes? Can we, through our…

A Lovely Yet Conflicting Story From Facebook

I read this today on Michelle D. Craig’s, 1st Counselor in the General Young Women’s Organization, Facebook page. I love what’s she is saying but I also feel conflicted with what she is saying: I got an email last year from a wonderful sister in Oregon that I just need to share. She wrote: “After…

The one thing about Personal Development that I don’t like.

About five years ago, I feel in love with the personal development movement. I attended a few conferences, signed up for an intensive course, and entered the gateway to a new and better life. I read lots of books, listened to motivating speeches, created a vision board, recited affirmation statements, and wrote out my life…

True Greatness

What makes a life lived and honorable life? What does it mean to create goodness with your life? What does it mean to make an impact and a difference? What is true greatness? With the renaming of buildings and the consideration of whether or not someone should have a statue built to honor and remember…