Category Archives: Prayer

What It’s Like to Lose a Battle to Crippling Anxiety (And How to Win)

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Yesterday, I lost the battle.  At least on my own anyway.  Don’t worry though, this story has a happy ending.

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10 Things I Learned in 2013

1. Changing the way you say your prayers can change your life.  For a long time I prayed as if trying to conform Heavenly Father to my will, but once I stopped and started seeking what He would have me do and not what I would have Him do, things changed for me drastically. Continue reading

The Most Basic Principle of a Life Worth Living

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I apologize for the lack of posts lately, but I’m nearing the end of my final semester of college and life has been insane.  In just one week I’ll be completely done with my bachelors degree.  Whewf.

I wish I could properly capture the roller coaster that has happened to me in the past few weeks, but I’m afraid that would take up a thousand blog posts.  I’ll spare you the novel.

But, I do want to write about something that has been on my mind a lot lately.  It’s the most basic and one of the most important principles of a life worth living.

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Dear Missionary- Never Underestimate the Power of Your Calling

mission picture editedFor me it was the typical fast and testimony meeting. My wife and I were out in the foyer trying to keep up with  our children and stop them from openly disturbing the masses.  Members and a few non members were sharing their testimonies from the pulpit.  It was nice, as always, but I will admit I was pretty distracted by my kids.

Then a young Sister Missionary got up to speak and everything changed. Continue reading

Anxiety Is One of My Personal Demons. What’s Yours?


It was late friday night, I reached my hand into the little bottle to get the last “anxiety” pill before my next refill.  It squished into powder.  Drat.  I can’t take it now. I keep the bottle on the sink so a little bit of water must have gotten in and destroyed my last pill.  Drat again.

I figured I’d just get a refill the next day, but life happened and before I know it, it’s been three days since I’ve been able to refill my medication.

Then Monday hits.  And it hits hard.

If you suffer from any kind of mental illness you know what I mean.  You try really hard to make it through the day but underneath all appearances you’re losing the battle. Continue reading

Seeing Things As They Really Are- Why Life Is Secretly Awesome

Yesterday was a bit of a polarizing day.  I went to school and attended my classes.  I worked on a script.  I did homework.  But throughout the day I also consumed a lot of information, either through articles shared by friends on Facebook, stories on the radio (just as I was surfing through in my car) and other random stuff one comes across perusing the internet.

When I think back on it, I’ve realized I’ve stumbled across a lot of “information” without even seeking it out.  In most cases I’ve been pretty passive but it has still blasted me in one way or another.  Here are a few recent examples I can think of: Continue reading

Finding Balance and Battling “Perfection”

Today I’m feeling really, really overwhelmed.  You know those days where you wake up, full of fire only to get a little bit in the day and all of a sudden feel crushed by the demands of life?  Yeah, that’s been this week for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my life, but like anyone else my commitments are really adding up.

I’m currently finishing my last semester of school.  I’ve thought long and hard, and prayed long and hard about what I’m supposed to do with my life and I’ve been feeling very strongly that I need to follow my dream of being a writer.  So I’m currently working on putting together a free ebook of some of my poems, creating a website to showcase my work (which I am so so so so excited about), working on a youtube video series of my poems, finishing up a script for my senior project, and posting once a week in this blog.  Add two kids under the age of three on top of that, a part time job and 15 credits of school and you have one guy who’s probably doing too much.

Then today, after having a morning prayer, I received an impression Continue reading