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The Power of Trust

What a blessing it is to have friends who are truly honest and trustworthy! Can you imagine what life would be like if we lived in a society where such…

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Food for Thought: A 911 Dispatcher Hears the Hidden Plea for Help When a Woman Orders Pizza

The secret to effective communication is a widely overlooked action that few of us seriously try and even fewer do well: listening. Not just closing your mouth periodically to politely…

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Tender Mercies: How the BYU Management Society and a China Moment Turned Gloom into Contentment

Monday morning was gloomy. Perhaps my most depressing day over my 8 wonderful years of ups and downs in China. This was a day of confronting some painful suspected realities….

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“Six Brown Eggs”: A Christmas Blessing from Leo Munson, a Shopkeeper in Southern Utah

Yesterday in Sacrament meeting in the Appleton Second Ward of Appleton, Wisconsin, the Stake President, Nathan Munson, shared a Christmas story involving Leo Munson, his ancestor from Escalante, a small…

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The Beauty of Chance Encounters

From several years ago, a photo of my wife and I at Mount Lao near Qingdao, China, by a large stone with the word “yuan” meaning destiny or fate. In…

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Coincidence or Miracle?

On my recent trip to several parts of the United States, I was in the Chicago airport for a couple of hours on my way to visit my parents. I…

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Christmas Coincidences, or the Blessings of Bureaucracy

If we were more skilled in listening to inspiration from the Lord and more diligent in seeking it, the Lord might not need to use so many blunt techniques to…

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The Creation and God’s Love: Hints from a Surprise Encounter with a Geologist

On Sunday I’ll be speaking at District Conference for the the Shanghai International District on the topic of the Creation. I’ll begin with a journal entry of mine from August…

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A Proud Mother and a Little Miracle in the Snowy Chaos of Portland

Sunday services in Shanghai were terrific, as almost always. I got to attend sacrament meetings in two wards and was touched by inspiring talks in both from a strong variety…

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Seeing the Hand of the Lord: Perspective and Timing

On Friday and Saturday, we went to Chicago primarily motivated by the desire to help one of my sons and his wife go to the Chicago Temple while my wife…

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