That Time I Was in the Joseph Smith Movie

A funny thing happened to me on my way to Nauvoo… I was in a movie about Joseph Smith. It was the fall of 2004, and I was attending the BYU Semester at Nauvoo. Much of the filming for the Church’s move on the life of Joseph Smith took place in and around that beautiful city. I was on a…

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Singing Hope to the Grieving Heart

Without question, Rob Gardner’s album “Lamb of God” is the best spiritual album I’ve ever heard. I bought it on Saturday to listen to on my drive home. Many of the songs came close to describing the indescribable.  I thought it somewhat paradoxical that while raucous crowds in New York were lauding and applauding a vulgar parody on the Book of Mormon, I…

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Go With Him (Mark) Twain

I have been thinking a lot about Mark Twain lately… I’ve always had an overwhelming desire to travel the world–to see countless countries and cultures and to ponder people and their perspectives. I think that our best learning experiences comes from our interactions with people. As philosopher C. Terry Warner’s stated: “Exemplary people show us that opening ourselves to others…

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Just Push Laman and Lemuel off the Boat!

Sometimes when I read the Book of Mormon I get so frustrated with Laman and Lemuel. Laman and Lemuel were the older brothers of the prophet Nephi. At the very beginning of the Book of Mormon, their father Lehi (who was also a prophet) was warned by God to take his family and flee from Jerusalem (because it was about…

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Shannon's Words

 Born with cerebral palsy, Shannon struggled her entire life with writing and speaking…until she decided to go on a mission for the Mormon Church. Listen to her remarkable story! Shannon’s story is a deeply personal one for me and I’ve wanted to make a video of it for a very long time. Why is this story so personal to me?…

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