Bitcoin & blackmail

I normally would be writing this blog and posting it right away, but a little thing happened yesterday which has kind of put a kink in things and might have taken a couple years off my life due to the stress it has caused. Let’s backtrack. I own a company that imports cables and we... Continue Reading →

Carcassonne, France

This week I have had two different friends touring through southern France and posting pictures of the town of Carcasonne. I have enjoyed seeing their pictures that they have posted of this incredible medieval city. It reminded me of a message I had written back in 2004 for our church (ward) newsletter in Springville, Utah. ... Continue Reading →

Brother Brandt

Have you ever had a thought like, "I should really thank so-and-so for ...." Or even something like, "I sure do appreciate this person ......"?  But then you never actually tell them what you were thinking? I had been thinking about my seminary teacher Brother Brandt and what a good influence he had been in... Continue Reading →

Jacob Gates and Oliver Cowdery

My great-great-great grandfather Jacob Gates knew Oliver Cowdery and the Prophet Joseph Smith personally. He saw Joseph Smith on his horse heading to Carthage, IL before the martyrdom.  Here is a cool story about him talking to Oliver before his death. "Testimony of Jacob Gates. My father, Jacob Gates, while on his way to England,... Continue Reading →

Why missionaries?

I remember speaking to someone who asked me, “Why are you serving a mission for your church in a country where we already believe in Jesus Christ? Why don’t you go to a country where they have not heard of the Gospel, instead of preaching in the predominately Catholic country of France?” It’s a fair question.

Pioneer Day Lessons

Pioneer Day is celebrated in Utah on July 24th every year commemorating the arrival of the Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.   This year I am 47 years old and I have been joking that these are my days of 47. In the traditional sense I do have a rich pioneer heritage,... Continue Reading →

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