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Going from Zero to One: Early Missionary Work in the LDS Church

The following is an address I gave in my congregation today. I will come back through and add my references shortly. Enjoy!

"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good... and the evening and the morning were the first day." (Not bad for a Monday, eh?)

This famous verse of scripture does not simply evoke the wonder that we all feel when we stand on the precipice of unchartered territory. It also quietly stands as a witness to God's power, dominion, creativity, Priesthood, devotion, and faith in and for His plan and in and for His children. It typically takes a great deal of energy to take effectively nothing and create something out of it or to bring chaos to order, and the creation of the Universe was no exception. :)

God's first creative act in our temporal continuum which, according to scientists, expands to 48.5 billion light-years in any direction, defies comprehension.  It has nevertheless been pondered by the …

Teaching Work and Personal Responsibility to My Kids

A couple of weeks ago, I observed that the dishes had been piling up more than usual for the past while (Dad isn't always the most observant, so who really knows how long this had been happening? Mom probably knows, but doesn't blog, and so the point remains shrouded in mystery). What typically happens in our home is that, using our divided sink, we rinse off dirty dishes in the right-hand sink, and then place them either in the dishwasher if there is room or into the left-hand sink if not. Needless to say, this day the right-hand sink was full to overflowing with dirty dishes all over the counter for lack of space. This, of course, is my children's thought process with regard to where they play in the house as well. "Why are you guys playing with toys in the family room?" "Cuz the play room is too dirty." "Ah, thank you, that clears things up."

I digress, though. In our family, we have a weekly family meeting--every Sunday at 2pm, at least f…