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Some reflections on Mosiah 3:19

Though My Reins Be Consumed

Yesterday, I had a good experience in Gospel Doctrine class. The subject was the book of Job. I had many opportunities during the hour to reflect on the role of suffering and opposition in my life. There came a moment when the teacher asked for someone to read Job 19:25–27. I raised my hand and […]

Our Fears Did Cease

One of my favorite vignettes from the Book of Mormon is the story of Zoram and Nephi outside the gates of Jerusalem (1 Nephi 4). To me, it is a great example of the declining art of integrity and trust. It holds many lessons for those who struggle with difficult challenges with relationships. 4 people […]

The Unattractiveness of Neediness

In my long fight with same-sex attraction and my often burning desire to attract the appropriate attention and love of men, I have learned that men are attracted to certain things and not attracted to others. I’m not speaking of attraction in the sexual or romantic senses. It has long been my contention that all […]

Inasmuch as You Desire a Companion

Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, Stephen Burnett was called on a mission to preach in any of the four directions. In the revelation as recorded in Doctrine and Covenants Section 80, the Lord makes reference to a desire of Stephen Burnett to have a companion. The Lord said: …inasmuch as you desire a companion, I […]

Newness

It has been a very long time since I was baptized, almost 47 years now. My memories of the day are faded. I know it happened in the Norwalk Stake Center in Norwalk, California. That stake center is now gone as far as I know. I tried to find it once. The current stake center […]

Counting Days of Sobriety and Staying Sober

Everybody has tried counting days of sobriety. It’s easy. It gives you a tangible way of measuring your progress. When your day counts get larger and larger, it’s encouraging. But then comes the dark side of counting days. It can be a problem when you can’t get past a certain number of days, be it […]