A Memorial for Jesus Christ

FuneralIn a 2015 training for general authorities Elder M. Russell Ballard said, “The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve have spent many hours during the past several months reviewing the research that’s available regarding Church doctrine and principles that increase faith in our Heavenly Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement.”[1] Clearly, our leaders have been searching out, wrestling[2], and doing their homework[3] to position themselves to receive revelation.

I must admit, when I heard this, I could not help guessing what was coming next. What did the prophets find? What would be THE answer to increase our faith in God and His Son? What would you guess? Let’s see, certainly a stronger focus on daily scripture study, in particular, the study of the Book of Mormon. Or perhaps a call to strengthen the family; to really have Family Home Evening. Or maybe an incentive to get more enrolled in seminaries and institutes. How about a return to “theologically drenched”[4] Ward Roadshows, green Jell-O, and church-wide softball tournaments. Read more of this post


No really. Change IS good.

One of the buildings where I teach seminary.

Ok, I’m back. I know, I know. “Where the heck have you been?”

It has been an eventful several months and the common theme has been “change.” The Parkers have truly entered into a new chapter of life. As I have mentioned before, change is  part of life. And frankly, it aint for sissies!

Christian, our oldest is off to BYU-I. Josh, our youngest is loving his freshman year of high school. I have started teaching, full-time, for Seminaries & Institutes and am still adjusting to my new calling. Jill’s father (and boss) has retired and Jill has started working for her brother Steve. Jill’s father has just finished his second round of chemo therapy and Bronco Mendenhall crushed my over-the-top confidence in the BYU coaching staff with his ludicrous play call at Boise State. Indeed, life is changing.

But with new experiences comes new fodder for blog posts. I have struggled with my new schedule. Finding time to do everything I need to do, let alone things I want to do, is very difficult. You all know the feeling.

But, I’m going to give it a try. So bookmark the page, stay tuned and forgive for brief spurts of silence. Know that I’m probably trying to deal with the newest life change or that Bronco just decided to go for two.

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