We're well into summer, and it feels like it just started. I hope everyone is enjoying the sun and warm weather. For those that may have missed any of my articles, here is a run down of my July articles.
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 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!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.