Why is God on mute?

Scripture doesn't skirt tough issues like suffering, struggling to believe in God's goodness in tough times, and God's silence. Biblical authors often didn't find resolutions to their struggles, but lived in tension, destruction, and bereavement. The Psalmists' doubts, despair, and depression; sorrowful books such as Job, Ecclesiastes, and Lamentations; Habakkuk's complaints; John the Baptist's questions [...]

How responsibility is more tempting than a Cinnabon

They are the nectar of sweetness. Aromatic, inviting, and tempting. Sometimes, they are purchased from an impulsive craving. Those who love cinnamon rolls crave Cinnabons. What does a Cinnabon have to do with responsibility? Simple answer: Everything! It is the craving for the sinfully delectable treat. Somehow, it soothes us with it's sweetness. One derives [...]

“It made theology relevant to my own lived experience again”—Michelle Lee on the 2017 Mormon Theology Seminar

When we think about our testimony, what is it based upon? How is it not only relevant to us, but more relevant in how it inspires others? A testimony is not a set of ritual and rote phrases repeated on a consistent basis. A personal and true testimony is one that brings us into a [...]

The Darkest Time is the Perfect Time to Sing — Heather C. King – Room to Breathe

Then the world dimmed and a chorus of wildlife roared into  activity.  Crickets, frogs, cicadas–all the singing creatures of the night snapped awake and sang. They cut through the darkness with their music. Moments later, the moon slipped right out of the sun’s path once again and normal resumed. Back to  normal  light and normal [...]

How To Be Resilient | Thrive Global

Part of our human experience is to face our challenges. By doing so, we increase our resilience. Here is a good article on how to be resilient in life's challenging moments.  How can we be more resilient? How can we shrug off huge challenges in life, persist and — in the end — succeed? So [...]

Facing your Goliath on the battlefield

"...for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands." (See, 1 Samuel 17:45-47 in context). NOTE TO READERS: This article is an adaptation from a previous article I had published at another blog, and a teaching given by Mormon President Thomas S. Monson. The relevance shares insights in furthering our [...]

Premise Three: Having a vision to move forward

In the last three articles, we explored the following: Human authenticity and conscious living; Premise One: Authenticity is essential to the human experience; And, Premise Two: Emotional intelligence and our human experience. In this third installment, the discussion focuses on having a vision in order to move forward. Vision gives us a sense of direction. [...]

Premise Two: Emotional intelligence and our human experience

Human experience and conscious living develops through our awareness and need for authenticity. As we continue to explore this concept for a more intentional way of living, the truth behind authenticity segues into our need for emotional intelligence. As we evolved from our primitive roots, our survival depended upon one fundamental truth: society. We are [...]

Premise One: Authenticity is essential to the human experience

Giving up our illusion of control. By facing our fears, we are capable of empowering ourselves to live close to our key values and beliefs. We move from faith to faith, hope to hope, and we experience all that life has to offer. We have the empowerment to accept life on it's own terms, find the value in our own adversity, and develop resilience to press forward.