Returned Missionary: Early to Home, Pt. 3

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The following is the third in a multi-part series. It’s my sincere hope that something from my experiences will help those who find themselves in the same situation, dealing with the challenges that come with an earlier-than-expected return from a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I think all parties involved in this situation — including family and friends — can benefit from the experiences shared here.Read More »

Returned Missionary: Early to Home, Pt. 2

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Photo credit: MyNewsLA.com

The following is the second in a multi-part series. It’s my sincere hope that something from my experiences will help those who find themselves in the same situation, dealing with the challenges that come with an earlier-than-expected return from a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I think all parties involved in this situation — including family and friends — can benefit from the experiences shared here.Read More »

Returned Missionary: Early to Home, Pt. 1

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Bogota, Colombia. (source: Finance Colombia)

The following is the first in a multi-part series about my experiences as a returned missionary who came home earlier than expected. Commonly, we’re referred to as early returned missionaries. However, in 2016, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints requested that this moniker no longer be used (source: personal correspondence with Cedar Fort Publishing & Media). Read More »

Got something to say?

One of the situations I struggle most with in life is people talking over each other in a group setting. How can anyone hear anything that’s being said? When several people speak at once, not much — if anything — is heard. It’s a chaotic situation.

After a tough work day in which I endured one of these types of meetingsRead More »

Giving you the bird

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Photo credits: Joshua A. Martinez

Are you a morning person? Does daybreak find you around and roaring or asleep and snoring?

I’m an early riser. I find the quiet the early-morning hours offer to be refreshing and a good way to start the day. On a typical spring or summer weekday, I’m up shortly before or after daylight breaks.Read More »

Words to live – and die – by

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Do you think there’s palm trees in the afterlife?

If you’re like most people, you believe there’s another life after we die and pass from this one. Most religions teach this fundamental tenet, and most of us believe it — whether we practice a religion or not.

Just look at the sentiments expressed by well wishers to those who have lost a loved one. They usually include comments such as, “Your dad is watching over you from a better place,” or, “God has gained another angel with the passing of your mom.” Whatever the sentiment, it often makes at least an inference to life after death.Read More »