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These are some of the various adventures of my life.

An Ongoing Prejudice

An Ongoing Prejudice

We need to stop the mental racial divide. To preface this post I don?t feel that I am overly qualified as one to speak on the racial issue, but as a human being, I feel that I have to stand up and say something. I grew up in a very white Christian community in Utah...

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Fort Myers Beach Florida

Fort Myers Beach Florida

We had the privilege to escape to Fort Myers Beach, Florida for a few days. I love the mountains that tower over top of the Salt Lake Valley. It is one of the greatest cities in the world with the proximity of everything of a moderately sized city and the wild...

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Six Mile Cypress Slough

Six Mile Cypress Slough

The Six Mile Cypress Slough in Ft. Myers, Florida is a gem just outside of the downtown area. Worth the visit whenever you are in Southwest Florida. It was fascinating to see the collection of wildlife in this confined place. We saw so many birds and some turtles. As...

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Bring On 2019

Bring On 2019

This past year has featured a plethora of challenges and blessed opportunities to grow. I have had the privilege of spending quality time with my family and creating memories that will last us a lifetime. Throughout the year there was no shortage of adventure. As we...

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Classroom Freedom is a Catalyst for Creativity

Classroom Freedom is a Catalyst for Creativity

Last week I shared some views on the benefits of creativity within the education process. To facilitate creativity there needs to be increased freedom along the way. Creators learn what they want to learn in order to have the tools that their originality andgenius...

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The Benefits of Creativity in Schools

The Benefits of Creativity in Schools

Last week I introduced my view that education needs to involve a more creative environment. Here are the benefits of involving such creativity. ?Most children think they?re highly creative; most adults think they?re not.? (Robinson, 1) Children are inherently...

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I Am Officially a Senior!

I Am Officially a Senior!

Well, I am not yet getting senior discounts at the local buffet, but I am beginning my final year of college (as long as everything works out schedule wise). Last year I decided to return to school after a thirteen year hiatus. During my first go around I bounced...

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Building More Creativity in Our Schools

Building More Creativity in Our Schools

This past spring I took a class at Utah Valley University on the Philosophy of Education and was able to read a lot on the theories of education and educational theory. Having my own educational experience and raising four children I have conjured up several opinions,...

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Charlottesville…One Year Later

Charlottesville…One Year Later

One year ago this weekend the country dealt with one of the biggest hate rallies that we have dealt with in a long time. As white nationalists joined together in a rally under the name ?Unite the Right? took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, under their...

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Many Go Unpublished

Many Go Unpublished

I have enjoyed reading biographies for many years now. They are a great way to gain insight into the lives of great individuals and what it is that made them do and accomplish great things. I am currently engrossed in another great work by Walter Isaacson, this time...

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The Slave Debate Among America?s Founding Fathers

The Slave Debate Among America?s Founding Fathers

How the Framers of this Nation viewed slavery In the creation of a new nation there would be many items that would arise and passionate debates would then ensue. The founding fathers had a duty to every person living within the colonies to receive the rights of...

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Keys to Building a Lifestyle Brand

Keys to Building a Lifestyle Brand

Now that you have developed a product and have sold a few widgets you need to decide where to go from here. There are a variety of options to grow your company. I would contend that you would be best off by pursuing an approach that turns your brand from solely a...

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A Pearl of Great Price – Divinely Revealed From God

A Pearl of Great Price – Divinely Revealed From God

The Lord told Nephi in his great vision, "And after it had come forth unto them I beheld other books, which came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the...

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A Look Back at 2017

A Look Back at 2017

This past year has indeed been a roller coaster. As I reflect on the year that has been I must pour out my heart in gratitude to the Almighty for the many blessings and great prosperity that we have experienced. As the chapter turns over to a new year I reflect on...

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The Gift of Christmas

The Gift of Christmas

Every year we shop and consume to find the best gifts that will bring smiles to the faces of those that we love. We do all this in the spirit of giving and love. Amidst this season of spending and giving do we remember the real celebration and the why? I remember the...

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Tuning our Hearts

Tuning our Hearts

The scriptures teach us a many example of a still small voice. We learn in 1 Kings of Elijah on the mountain top where the Lord was not in the earthquake or the thunder or the wind but it was a still voice. We learn from Oliver Cowdrey's experience that He will tell...

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Give Me This Mountain

Give Me This Mountain

While serving as a missionary in the Missouri St. Louis Mission, my mission president held the mission motto based on Joshua 14:12 where Joshua declares in his old age, "therefore give me this mountain." This piece is rich in meaning and representation. Much of what...

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To Act or to Be Acted Upon

To Act or to Be Acted Upon

While teaching his son, Jacob, Lehi iterates some essential truths of the great Plan of Salvation. He shows us the need for opposition and Adam?s Fall. Along with these we explore the power of having a choice of trees to partake of give to Adam and Eve. This stands as...

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