Friday, April 19, 2019

April Article Run Down (so far)

Whew, it's been a busy month, but here is a quick run down of the articles for the month of April so far. I know there will be more to come, so stay tuned.

Spokane Faith and Values, 19 April, 2019

Leading Saints, 16 April 2019

This Week in Mormons, 16 April 2019

Spokane Faith and Values, 12 April 2019

This Week in Mormons, 11 April 2019


This Week in Mormons, 11 April 2019


This Week in Mormons, 10 April 2019

This Week in Mormons, 2 April 2019

The Spokesman Review, 1 April 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019

February Article Run Down


February has been shaping up to be a busy month for writing. I am so grateful for a supportive family, and platforms like This Week in Mormons and Spokane Faith and Values for allowing me to purse my passion. So here is the recap of what I've written for the last couple of weeks.

This Week in Mormons, 21 February 2019
A recap of the lineup of new shows coming to BYUtv. My boys and are really excited to see how Dwight in Shining Armor will be. 


Spokane Faith and Values, 19 February 2019
A reader had questions about entering the temple if you weren't a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.



This Week in Mormons, 11 February 2019






"Spiritually Protecting Your Home." 
Spokane Faith and Values, 11 February 2019


This Week in Mormons, 6 February 2019
The video below isn't an official video of the Church, but it gives a great rendering of what the temple might look like.



This Week in Mormons, 4 February 2019

A run down of some of the quirkiness that involves sports in the context of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.




Friday, February 1, 2019

They all drop at once

This last couple of weeks has seen a number of my latest articles getting published by multiple platforms. It's kind of crazy how they all dropped at once, but sometimes that is the way things work out. The cool thing is that I've had so much opportunity to write!

1. The Convert Files: A Convert's Survival Guide to Latter-day Saint Potlucks (This Week In Mormons). I take a comical look at the phenomenon that is Church Potlucks.


2. Latter-day Mixtape: Elenyi - "Fear is a Liar" (This Week in Mormons). I review Elenyi's latest release.

3. How Helaman Helped Me Become Firmer in the Faith of Christ. (LDS Living). I relate a few of the principles that I learned from studying the words in Helaman.




4. Working Together in Church Leadership. Lessons from a Firefighter. (Leading Saints) This is a recap of some things I've learned from being an officer in the fire department.

In the meantime I've continued to work on "The Burning Rift." I've hit the 30k word mark, so about 40k left to write. But it is coming. Slowly.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Spokane FAVS, Leading Saints, LDS Living, and a possible editing job?


In my latest for Spokane Faith and Values I answer a reader's question regarding what percentage of young men in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serve missions. Check out the article in the link below.


In other news, I have two articles about to be published. One is on becoming firmer in the faith of Christ, and will be published with LDS Living. The other is about Leadership Principles and will be published with Leading LDS. Stay tuned for those.

In addition, this week I will be meeting with a potential client for book editing services. Combined with some new articles for This Week in Mormons and Spokane FAVS on the horizon, I will be very busy. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Leading Saints, Ministering, and Panel Discussions

It has been somewhat of a whirlwind couple of weeks. Two weeks ago I was privileged to be able to be minister for a day at Wilbur Community Church, you can read about that here. It was such a neat experience for my family.


On Wednesday of this week I was interview by Kurt Francom over at Leading Saints regarding what changes I've made in my own leadership as a result of their site and podcast. Then after some discussion about me writing for This Week in Mormons, he asked if I wanted to possibly come write some articles for Leading Saints. How cool is that? Seriously though, if you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this podcast and site have so much to offer and you should check it out here.

This Week in Mormons covered one of my latest pieces "Do we truly preach of Christ." in their podcast this week. You can hear the podcast here and they talk about my article about the 47:30 mark. I am thrilled to be writing for them and thankful that Geoff has given me this opportunity to be a part of their team.

Coming up I will be participating in a panel discussion for Spokane Faith and Values on "Breaking Out of Our Own Echo Chambers." Tracy, the editor, asked me to participate after I wrote an article called "We Need to Bridge the Divide."

Friday, October 26, 2018

This Week in Mormons, Ask a Latter-day Saint and more....


There are a lot of good things happening lately! I was recently asked to help out with the "Ask a Latter-day Saint" column on Spokane FAVS. This column receives questions from readers and the Latter-day Saint writers for FAVS do their best to answer the question. I wrote a response to the question: Is there a doctrine against a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reading and using Dianetics: Themodern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron Hubbard to improve their study ability and mental clarity. You can read my response here.

Then there is the news that I have started writing for This Week In Mormons. If you haven't been to their website, you should check it out. There's lot's of good commentary. My first article "The Convert Files: Does a Mission define you as a Latter-day Saint?" dropped on Friday the 19th. This is such a cool opportunity. Crystyne (my wife) and I even made an appearance on their podcast as they spoke about my article. You can hear that here at around the 34:30 mark.


You might be asking, how will your columns be different for the two organizations? For Spokane Faith and Values I will continue to write about the interconnection of faith groups, increasing spirituality and goodness, as well as commenting on local and national news stories from a Latter-day Saint's perspective. With This Week In Mormons, although I will probably give commentary on news stories of interest to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I will be focusing a lot of my attention on the life of a convert, as well as the culture vs. doctrine discussion we often have within the context of our Church.


Another cool thing that happened was that I was unexpectedly given a mentor pin at an Eagle Court of honor for one of the young men that I work with at church. It's awesome to see that you can make a difference in a kid's life, even when there are times you think you aren't reaching them and you may want to pull out your hair.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Parenting is easy - Spokane FAVS Commentary


In my latest column for Spokane FAVS, I discuss parenting. I take a dive into some tips we can use to help us on the parenting adventure. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

September 11 attacks isnpire us to serve one another - Spokane FAVS Commentary


Do you remember where you were on September 11th, 2001? I do. I remember the profound impact that day had on me. In my latest column on Spokane FAVS, I talk about how the attacks on September 11th can be a good reminder about how we are supposed to serve each other.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Stop thinking life is supposed to be easy. It's not. - Spokane FAVS Commentary




Just like muscle needs stress to grow, our spiritual "muscle" is stunted if we are not facing adversity and opposition. In my latest column on Spokane FAVs I discuss the necessity of discomfort in our spiritual growth.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Addicted to Outrage - Spokane FAVS Commentary


Everytime you turn around there is another controversy. There seems to be always something people are getting angry or offended at. It makes me wonder if we have become so addicted to outrage that we constantly need another dose, another hit, to make us feel good. But where does that leave us in the end?

In my latest piece on Spokane FAVS, I discuss our addiction to outrage.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Uncivil War We Wage - Spokane FAVS Commentary



Does the world feel a little less civil to you. If news coverage is any indication, than our most basic interactions have devolved to shouting down and offering demeaning comments to each other. In my latest piece, I talk about the not-so-silent war raging in our communities and in the nation.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Chris Pratt Talks God, Faith at MTV Awards - Spokane FAVs Commentary



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In my latest Spokane FAVS piece I cover Chris Pratt's MTV award speech.

Monday, June 18, 2018