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What Is An American To Do?

Today we faced a threat of “Government Shutdown”. We are experiencing an uncertain future as a nation, and things look a bit bleak. How are we dealing with all this worry and stress? How can we fix this problem or make any difference at all? Here are a few of my thoughts on our current situation, along with 5 Keys to Financial Freedom, a beautiful song, and a way to make life count! Continue reading

The Last Letter Home: A Soldier’s Song

On May 1, 2003 husband, father, son and friend, US Army Pfc. Jesse Givens died in Iraq in the service of his country. He was 34 years old. Givens was parked in an M-1 main battle tank alongside the bank of the Euphrates River in Al Habbaniyah, Iraq. The riverbank gave way, resulting in the tank falling into the river. His comrades tried desperately and unsuccessfully to free him. Ironically, Pfc. Jesse A. Givens drowned in the desert…

Hear the story, and watch the musical performance of his last Letter Home. Continue reading

Honoring The Greatest Generation

Today America commemorates Veterans Day. This is a day to formally honor those who have served our country, in all branches of our Armed Forces. It is a day to remember those who are currently serving, those who are veterans, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. When I left for work this morning, I got a lump in … Continue reading

9/11 Survivor Finds Peace

As we prepare to commemorate the anniversary of September 11, 2001 – one of America’s saddest days, there is opportunity for reflection, healing and peace. In this powerful video, survivor Victor Guzman describes his personal journey from the tragedy and trauma of 9/11, to hope, healing, and renewal. Created by Mormon Messages

More Holiness, More Freedom

This past weekend I was archiving files on my computer, and I discovered some photos I took in July 2008. One image in particular has captured my attention. If a “picture is worth a thousand words” then this one certainly tells a beautiful story… Continue reading

Apology Accepted, Tom Hanks

Last week I wrote an open letter To Tom Hanks From An American Mormon Fan. During my letter, I encouraged Tom to apologize for his disparaging Mormon comments. Yesterday, he did: “Last week, I labeled members of the Mormon church who supported California’s Proposition 8 as “un-American.” I believe Proposition 8 is counter to the … Continue reading

2009 Mormon Handcart Trek An Historic Event

For decades, LDS Youth have experienced Mormon Pioneer Handcart Reenactments (lovingly nicknamed “Trek”). Sometimes, these super activities last just a weekend, sometimes an entire week or longer. This year, Brigham Young University is offering the chance of a lifetime, to participate in the ultimate Handcart Trek! They will be staging a re-enactment of the entire authentic 1856 Mormon Trail(1,400 mile) journey, … Continue reading

Inauguration Celebration For The Working Class

We are on the eve of another POTUS hand-off. There’s plenty of talking heads talking, and blogging hands blogging out their opinions and witty repartee. I have absolutely nothing important to say. But, just like millions of other Americans, that won’t stop me from saying something anyway.

To Tom Hanks: From An American Mormon Fan

Dear Tom, What were you thinking?! You must have been temporarily impaired. It could happen. After all, you were having such a good time celebrating your recent “Big Love” Executive Producer success, maybe it was just too easy to lose track of the refills. Alcohol does that to people. Open mouth – drink booze – insert … Continue reading

A 1978 Warning Of Current USA Crises

Thirty years ago Elder Neal A. Maxwell, who was then serving in The First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave a talk at Brigham Young University entitled “Meeting The Challenges of Today,”. It was later republished as “A More Determined Discipleship“. His words of warning that day … Continue reading

The Morning After An Election

Our nation is experiencing the “morning after” syndrome of a presidential election. After managing to drag out the anticipation, mudslinging, media blitz and emotional roller coaster ride for over two years I don’t think it is surprising for most Americans to wake up with an anticlimactic political hangover. Of course, there are those who still … Continue reading

Always Remember September (9-11)

On September 11, 2001 I woke up to just another ordinary Tuesday as a busy mother, wife, and full-time ‘non-traditional’ college student. My mom came and picked up my two young girls to take them to school, and I jumped into my car and headed up to campus. At the corner of 700 East and … Continue reading

Pause And Remember

Pause And Remember

Today the United States of America celebrates Memorial Day. It was first titled “Decoration Day”, derived from the decorations placed upon graves of fallen Civil War soldiers in the 1800s. This day has become set apart to officially remember those who sacrificed everything on our behalf. On May 2, 2000, President Bill Clinton issued a … Continue reading