Dad is just in the other room.

NOTE: My father-in-law, Paul J. Puffer passed away on November 5th. He was a great man with a very strong testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I had the incredible honor of speaking at his funeral. With the permission of my mother-in-law, I have posted the text of this talk here.

As a brief intro, my name is Troy Parker.  Paul Puffer is my father-in-law. As Dad would tell the story (and I’ll call him Dad from here on out) he paid me to marry his third daughter, Jill. Of course, he only said that to make me feel like I measured up. Read more of this post

A Year Ago Today – Galilee

March 30, 2011

Mt. of Beattitudes

Jill sitting on the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount

Close to the height of His popularity, Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, which included the Beatitudes.  It is perhaps the most read of Jesus’ teachings and introducing something more than what the Law of Moses had become.  It moved the focus from things we do – our behavior, to the feelings and motives we have.  If we have correct motives, if we develop the attributes of Christ, our Christian acts will follow – a by-product of who we have become. Read more of this post

A year ago today. A photo essay about the Holy Lands.

A year ago this and next week, Jill and I, along with her parents, experienced the trip of a life time. A number of my posts have recounted the experiences we had in the Holy Lands. In fact, one was even published in the Church News and expressed the sentiment that you don’t have to go to the Holy Lands to experience deep spiritual feelings. One can walk where Jesus walked right here in holy temples. One can come to know Jesus is the son of God right where one stands.

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Bold, unwavering faith in the Resurrection is Key

Sign on the door of the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem

I have been impressed lately with the importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I don’t know that anyone can overstate the impact and significance – both globally and individually – of the literal resurrection of the Lord. In this secular day when “science” is king and the only way to know anything is through the scientific method, belief in the actual resurrection of Jesus is key and needs to be boldly articulated more often. Read more of this post

Deseret News Print – May 9, 2011

Unexpected, Back of the Bus, Blessings

Some of the group we got to know.

As I have written before, Jill and I eagerly anticipated our trip to the holy lands. It is something we had dreamed of for more than twenty years. We knew what a spiritual and fun trip it would be and we were not disappointed. But there were, of course, blessings and experiences we had not anticipated.

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Dream: Fulfilled

Walking where Jesus walked.

What a trip. We’re back in 30 degree less, rainy weather and feeling the effects of our travels. (I thought this jet-lag thing was a myth!) Our dream to go to the “holy land/s” has been fulfilled and it was everything we hoped. As we have returned home, the question we keep hearing is, “what did you like most?” It is a tough question indeed. It is very similar to the question, “which of your children do you like best?” (Or least depending on whether you have teen-agers or not.)

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