Questionable Practices

Lessons Learned From (Almost) Five Years on a Plant-based Diet

Sep 4, 2016
11 min read

Back in 2011, I wrote a post about the Word of Wisdom. I had some things that were bothering me personally and decided to face them head on. I did a lot of study and research combined with soul-searching and…

Taking Life

Aug 26, 2016
10 min read

I wrote most of this back in 2014 but haven’t published it until now. In fact there was a lot more history before and after this but I feel like this one experience was a big turning point for me. Few…

“The prison of himself”

Apr 24, 2015
2 min read

Did you know that C.S. Lewis once weighed in on the subject of masturbation? In a personal letter to someone named Keith Masson he illuminates the core problem with such a practice with his insightful candor. He approaches the topic…

The Rise of Righteous Rulers: An Open Letter to Men

Jan 9, 2015
20 min read

I’ve been working on this particular article for months, maybe close to a year. I can keep tweaking this over and over or I can just share what I’ve got thus far, so that’s what I’m doing. Because I am…

Lies and Testimony

Dec 27, 2014
4 min read

Every fast and testimony meeting I can’t help but ponder what people mean by what they say. I suppose that only the person themselves really understands what they are trying to do by going up to the stand and speaking. One person…

The Greater and Lesser Arches

Mar 1, 2014
5 min read

This week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a new gospel topic titled Becoming Like God. Personally, I thought they did a great job with this piece, hit all the right scripture verses, and explained the doctrine…

A Review of “Discovering the Word of Wisdom” by Jane Birch

Jan 16, 2014
30 min read

“…showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—…Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts…

Karate Kid Perspective on Ordinances

Aug 9, 2013
3 min read

For those who have seen the original Karate Kid movie you’re probably familiar with the famous “wax on, wax off” lesson that Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel. I like the updated version of this lesson presented in the new Karate Kid movie…

The Gospel and Animals

Jun 27, 2013
12 min read

In an August 1972 article by Gerald E. Jones that I read recently, a powerful case was made for understanding the importance for respecting animal life. I believe that the principles expressed within this article provide valuable insight to the reasons…

I know the _______ is true.

Jun 4, 2013
5 min read

Fill in the blank. Say it back to yourself. What does it mean? Traditions are things we repeat; sometimes they’re great, other times they aren’t. It seems to me that as Latter-day Saints, we have a settled into a tradition…

Ever knowing but never changed?

Sep 20, 2012
1 min read

I’d like to expound a little on some thoughts that were expressed in an email exchange with a friend of mine this morning (Thanks, Chris!). Attend any LDS sacrament meeting on the first Sunday of the month and I can…

Plato, The Allegory of the…Living Room

Jul 10, 2012
5 min read

Below is an excerpt of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” with a few minor edits I’ve introduced. [Socrates] And now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: – Behold! human beings living…

Let Us Have Peace by J. Reuben Clark Jr.

Feb 5, 2012
10 min read

“I believe that moral force is far more potent than physical force in international relations…”

Moderation in all things: a useless phrase

Jan 23, 2012
5 min read

Chances are, you have been guilty of using this phrase; I know that I have in the past. Since the phrase has never felt quite right to me, I figured I’d better do a little research and see if I can find out what the deal is.

The Seal of Melchizedek?

Dec 26, 2011
59 min read

Alonzo L. Gaskill, an assistant professor of Church history and doctrine at BYU, brilliantly debunks the “Seal of Melchizedek” myth while sustaining the idea that, yes, we can create our own new meanings for symbols in our day.

WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk

May 31, 2011
3 min read

Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.

Sugar, Sugar, Sugar!

May 23, 2011
0 min read

Some great vids illustrating the incredible amount of sugar intake we get from sodas! Bust out the sugar packets!

Can you get hooked on diet soda? via CNN.com

Apr 26, 2011
9 min read

Sometimes I have to laugh at people when they avoid Coca Cola like the plague because of “caffeine” and it’s “addictive qualities” and then chug liters of diet, caffeine free soda. As for me, I’ll stick to water.

Servants of God…or “time”

Apr 18, 2011
1 min read

Some interesting words on the concept of time and how it affects us.

Video: The Fluoride Deception

Mar 21, 2011
6 min read

There’s always been a big debate around the”Fluoride” that is dumped into our water supplies. You are not supposed to ingest it; check the back of your toothpaste tube. Yet we dump it into our water supply, we drink it and bathe in it – why?