Archive for the ‘Personal History’ Category

The Far Side: Graffiti in Hell

June 26, 2017

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“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”

June 15, 2017

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I saw this sign for the first time in my parents’ neighborhood where the sign is on display in the front yard of two homes.

“After Years of Silence, We Finally Know More About the SR-71 Blackbird’s Successor – – Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs, or Skunk Works, discussed the future of the SR-72, a Mach 6 strike and reconnaissance aircraft.”

June 8, 2017

My father will find this interesting.

Pioneer Faith – – Brian C. Schmidt Brigham Young University-Idaho Devotional – – July 25, 2006

June 3, 2017

Last night I listened to this talk as I prepare for our stake’s trek activity.


To honor our pioneer heritage today I would like would like to discuss four principles of faith that they exemplified so well.
I.    Faith Requires us to “Step into the Dark”
II.   Faith is a Principle of Action
III.  Faith is a Gift from God
IV.  Faith must be in Jesus Christ

3 Sep 2013 – BYU Idaho Devotionals – – The Promise of Renewal – – Sister Kari Archibald Health, Recreation, & Human Performance Faculty

June 2, 2017

As I continue to prepare for our stake trek, last night I listened to another excellent talk.

My purpose in speaking in devotional today is to testify of our Heavenly Father’s love for us evident in the natural and spiritual laws that govern the power of renewal.  Although we all have the inherent gift of resilience because of our divine nature, we sometimes forget how to renew ourselves.  We have difficulty tapping into that God given gift of spiritual strength and hardiness we all possess.

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My father’s great grandparents were in the Willy Handcart Company. Peder and Helena Mortensen had planned to come to Zion with their entire family. As they prepared to come to the Valley of the Salt Lake, the mission president in their native Denmark asked if they would leave their oldest son, Morton (my great great grandfather) to serve a mission. This was very difficult for them because Peder (the father) and the oldest daughter Kristine were disabled and not able to walk well. The family was depending on this eldest son to be the strength in getting the family consisting of 8 children to Utah.  The youngest child was four years old.

The mission president, Hector C. Haight, promised them that “If you will consent to his staying and filling a mission, I promise you in the name of the Lord that you shall every one reach the land of Zion in safety, that God will protect you on the land and on the sea.” They accepted his promise with faith, and it was agreed that Morton would remain in Denmark…

This story is one of resilience and renewal and has taught me another step necessary for spiritual renewal – prayer and faith in the promises of our Heavenly Father.  A resilient person relies on the Lord to help overcome challenges.