Archive for the ‘The Church of Jesus Christ’ Category

“Face to Face with Elder and Sister Renlund”

August 6, 2017

I watched this nice program today.

“Open House Begins at Provo Missionary Training Center”

August 6, 2017

Last night I had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer host at this open house.

July 17, 2017

In a 2014 blogpost I provided the link for the website for this program.

Yesterday I discovered a nice video about the program is available online:

30 Oct 2007 – BYU Idaho Devotional – Learning through Life’s Trials – Brother Larry Richman, Dir. of Internet & Project Coord. for the Church

June 3, 2017


There is an old Chinese tale of a woman whose only son died. “In her grief, she went to the holy man and said, ‘What prayers, what magical incantations do you have to bring my son back to life?’ Instead of send­ing her away or reasoning with her, he said to her, ‘Fetch me a mustard seed from a home that has never known sorrow. We will use it to drive the sorrow out of your life.’ The woman set off at once in search of that magical mustard seed. She came first to a splendid mansion, knocked at the door, and said, ‘I am looking for a home that has never known sorrow. Is this such a place? It is very important to me.’ They told her, ‘You’ve certainly come to the wrong place,’ and began to describe all the tragic things that had recently befallen them. The woman said to herself, ‘Who is better able to help these poor unfortunate people than I, who have had misfortune of my own?’ She stayed to comfort them, then went on in her search for a home that had never known sorrow. But wherever she turned, in hovels and in palaces, she found one tale after another of sadness and misfortune. Ultimately, she became so involved in ministering to other people’s grief that she forgot about her quest for the magical mustard seed, never realizing that it had in fact driven the sorrow out of her life.” [(Harold Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, (1981), 110–11.)]

20 Jan 2015 – BYU Idaho Devotional – “Life’s Decisions” – Brother Rick Hirschi Associate Dean, College of Business & Comm

June 3, 2017


As you face this “decade of decision,” may you remember the five P’s of decision making as principles to guide you.

1) Perspective – remember who you are, why you are here and what you can become.

2) Participate – remember that to grow and learn we must act for ourselves.

3) Price – remember that each decision comes at a price and be willing to “lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better.”41

4) Persistence – remember to endure faithfully to the end.

5) Ponder and Pray – remember the Lord thy God in all things.