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“…Nephi did not pray to have his circumstances changed. Rather, he prayed for the strength to change his circumstances.”

March 20, 2017

I came upon this interesting insight from Elder David A. Bednar while studying this morning.

“Jay Wright, the coach of college basketball’s defending champion, has an unusual strategy for keeping his players’ attention: He takes away their cell phones the night before games.”

March 16, 2017

Jim Valvano – – Arthur Ashe Courage Award Acceptance Address – – delivered 3 March 1993

March 12, 2017

This speech was mentioned in a talk at church today.

I’ve never listened to it, but tonight  I read the transcript.


To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

“Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland”

March 6, 2017

Last night I enjoyed watching this webcast in which these two inspiring leaders answered a variety of topics.

At, at present there are 2055 comments posted on this video.  The comments themselves are worthwhile reading.

Description posted with the video:

Published on Mar 4, 2017 – – President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will answer questions from youth around the world during a live Face to Face event on March 4, 2017.

“The mayor of Taichung has called on Mormon missionaries to [help] his city…become an inviting location for international business and tourism.”

February 27, 2017

On a business trip to Beijing before the 2008 Olympics, I went to a meeting of an ex-pat ward of the LDS Church there.  A young man attending the ward said he had two jobs in China, one of which was correcting bad English on signs to help Beijing prepare for the Olympics.

I actually enjoy seeing those signs written in bad English, and it seems rare that an English speaker cannot figure out the intended meaning of such signs.

Oh well . . .


“To be an international city we must have accurate English signs,” says Jason C. Hu, mayor of Taiwan’s third-largest city. While most of Taichung’s business, public and government buildings and locations are marked by signs in both Chinese and English, the English translation of the Chinese is sometimes awkwardly worded for a native English speaker.