Category Archives: Personal Essays

How to Afford Charitable Donations (If You’re LDS)

In a recent column on sltrib.com, Robert Kirby described how he and his wife pay “tithing” to their respective churches.  Robert is a Latter-day Saint, his wife is not. I pay tithing my way. Living in a split-faith marriage, my … Continue reading

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Is LDS Church Guilty of Hypocrisy?

The recent Deseret Books brochure has a full-page promotion for a book titled:  “Bill Marriott:  Success Is Never Final.”  The ad highlights “Bringing work and faith together” and “How a Man of Faith built an empire.”  A man to be … Continue reading

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My Recent Experiences with Elephants

My latest trip took me around the world.  Our third stop was in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  My family and I were there to visit Angkor Wat and install playgrounds.  One side activity was taking an elephant ride and feeding him … Continue reading

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Three Institutions that Affect My life Are Dysfunctional

It’s a strange moment in time for me, and probably a lot of others.  Three of the external organizations which have had an affect on my life are in a massive state of dysfunction. The sh!t show in Washington dominates … Continue reading

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Flags and Their Meaning

My son and his family recently had a small dinner party for 7 of his friends from the Philippines.  My son served an LDS mission on Mindanao, and still feels connected to the islands.  This is one of the wonderful … Continue reading

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LDS Teachings on Obedience and Initiative

The latest Ensign mag (April, 2019) has an interesting article titled: “Instrument or Agents” by Lloyd Newell.  It concerns walking the line between blind obedience and initiative taking.  It starts by quoting 2 LDS scriptures: I will make an instrument of … Continue reading

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How Important Is It to Obey Laws and/or Rules?

I respect the fictional Robin Hood.  In a system skewed toward the rich, how far should we go (in the way of rule breaking) to assist the poor, damaged, incapacitated, mentally afflicted, etc. I tend to push the system.  But … Continue reading

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