Category Archives: Personal Essays

Proposals to Improve BYU

In a recent op-ed piece in sltrib.com, student Nate Delgado proposes that Brigham Young University eliminate its graduation requirement of 14-credit hours of religion classes: College is no joke. Students commit themselves to four or more years to intensive studying, … Continue reading

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LDS Church and Its “Rainy-day” Funds

A “whistleblower” recently claimed that the LDS Church has a $100 billion in one of its rain-day funds.  Unless the Church denies it (with proof), I will assume the allegation is true. A important question members are asking is:  What … Continue reading

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How Can the LDS Church Provide More Assistance to the Poor?

Over the last 34 years, the LDS Church has contributed just $2.2 billion toward humanitarian efforts.  I say “just” because that averages only $64 million/year.  Or put another way, $4/member/year.  Or $8/active member/year. I have a few suggestions about how … Continue reading

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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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