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November 18, 2012 10 Comments
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
March 31, 2012 Leave a comment
March 30, 2011
Mt. of Beattitudes
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
March 30, 2012 Leave a comment
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.
August 26, 2011 2 Comments
Like many who have the priesthood, I’ve had the responsibility to interview members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to determine worthiness to enter what we refer to as “the House of the Lord” or Temples.
It is a brief interview with a series of questions inquiring about strength of beliefs and faith, honesty, support of leaders, adherence to laws and commandments among other questions. It represents the bare minimum of faithfulness one needs to enter the temple and participate in sacred ceremonies. (To find out more about temples, how they are different from standard chapels, who can enter, and other info, click here.) Read more of this post
April 13, 2011 4 Comments
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.)