I’m excited to be added to the Issues of Faith column in the Peninsula Daily News!

I will not copy and paste the articles, but you can read them here:

Issues of Faith is a rotating column by five religious leaders on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Top 12 Latter-Day Saints Podcasts – Ep. 33

Welcome, everybody! As usual, I usual, I am recording from Port Angeles, Washington, which is not in the Rocky Mountains as the Podcast name might imply!  I started this blog called Rocky Mountain Sunshine while living in Utah, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, but we moved to Port Angeles, Washington, which still has mountains, but these are the Olympic Mountains.  I kept blogging and kept the name after moving here. I then started the podcast back in November last year, and just decided to go with the name “Rocky Mountain Sunshine.” So here we are! Maybe one day I’ll change the name. Who knows.  Let me know if you have an opinion either way or if you have a suggestion for a different name.

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Obedience leads to blessings – Podcast Ep. 31

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Have you ever been asked a question about the gospel, the Church, or any of the commandments and didn’t have a good answer? Maybe you didn’t know the “why” behind it? Sometimes we are called to a calling and we wonder why. Sometimes there are aspects about the gospel to which we don’t have clear answers.

We had the missionaries over for dinner last week. These two elders both are delayed from going to their final mission destination. One is going to Japan and has a missionary tag in Japanese. The other one, fresh out of the home MTC due to Covid, is eventually heading to Toronto, Canada, Mandarin Chinese speaking. His missionary tag is in Chinese.  I have been so impressed as I’ve seen the missionaries over the past year obediently quarantine, stop visiting members and investigators, and move their efforts to Facebook, and other creative ways. Now that we are vaccinated and they are vaccinated, it is so nice to be able to have them over again and it’s always such a blessing to have the missionaries in our home. I was telling them how we don’t always know why things happen in our lives, but the Lord knows, and I suspect that there is a reason that they are here in Port Angeles, Washington.

I’ve been thinking a lot about obedience over the past few days.  When I think of obedience, I often think of Adam being questioned by an angel about building and alter and offering sacrifices.  I’m paraphrasing Moses 5, but the angel said, “Why are you doing this?” And Adam replied that he didn’t know exactly, except that God had commanded him to.  Sometimes that is all we have. We don’t know the why in every detail. 

When I lived in England, my boss was questioning me on the word of wisdom. He said that he could understand how tobacco, coffee, and drugs were bad for us, but he couldn’t understand why tea would be included.  I’m sure he is not the only one to have questioned this. 

I think it comes back to obedience. If I believe Joseph Smith was a prophet, and I believe that we are guided today by a prophet of God, and that this is The Church of Jesus Christ, and that he leads His Church, then I will be blessed by being obedient. I don’t need to be a scientist or a doctor and know all the science behind it. It may be more important spiritually than physically.

Several years ago at a stake conference in Highland, Utah, we had a general authority, Elder Peter F. Evans, visit. He told us a story of the saints in Sierra Leone. The first convert baptisms in Freetown, Sierra Leone, were held in June 1988. By 1991, the Church was growing in Sierra Leone, a branch had been formed, and the branch president, Brother Mustafa Touray oversaw three houses where groups met for worship. They had signs outside that said, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Visitors Welcome.” These members did not have much. Most had very simple homes with dirt floors. They loved their little meeting houses. They loved the gospel. Five months after the branch was organized, to their surprise,  in January 1991, mission president, Miles Cunningham, received a letter from President Ezra Taft Benson, the prophet at that time. They were to close all the churches and start meeting again in their homes. They were to take down the signs. They were not to gather there anymore. They were instructed to stay home and read the scriptures and pray in their homes. This was the direction of the prophet. But some were offended that the prophet all the way over in Utah would do this. Some said, “He doesn’t know our needs! He doesn’t know anything about us!” They felt that the prophet was out of touch with them. Some of the members of the church left the faith. Others had a testimony that he was the prophet and were obedient and did as the prophet said. They had also come to trust their mission president whom they loved. President Touray spoke of those days with grateful appreciation. He said that he was sad and discouraged, but “recognized that they had been given a formal commandment and that they had to obey. He realized it would be very important for them to obey although they did not know why at the time.” The chapel doors were closed. They stayed home. They read the scriptures as a family. They prayed. But they didn’t gather together. They missed their meeting houses. They missed the association with the other members. But they were obedient. 

In March 1991, civil war erupted in Sierra Leone and this little nation became engulfed in a fiery battle.  Rebels and the army fought all over the land. It lasted more than a decade. Communities collapsed, infrastructures deteriorated, banks were shuttered, food was in scarce supply and repeated military coups left uncertainty as to who was a friend or foe. Churches were frequently targeted by the rebels with bullets and firebombs, and thousands of people lost their lives while sitting on pews hoping to pray and worship. The civilians weren’t accidental deaths. They were the targets. The churches were targets. The rebels burned churches down and started locking churches while people were worshiping, then they could easily kill everyone inside. Every other denomination in Sierra Leone left. 

But the members of the Lord’s Church were safe from this harm for they were home worshiping in obedience to a prophet’s counsel.

President Touray spoke of the miracle that had come to the people because of their obedience. “No member of the Church died in Bo during the war — not one. The LDS Church was the only church that continued operating during the war in Bo — the only one. Every other church closed its doors. It was too dangerous for the people to walk to church and too dangerous to sit and. None of us (the Latter-day Saints) had any problem during the war. We worshipped through the whole war no matter how grave the situation was. Because we were obedient, our members received this great blessing.”

They had listened to a prophet of God, when they had no idea why, when it didn’t make sense, but they had faith that the prophet of God would not lead them astray. They were blessed with their very lives.

It takes humility when we don’t know the why. Adam was humble and obedient. The saints in Sierra Lione were humble and obiediant. When we don’t have clear answers about the gospel or church-related questions that we might have, if we are humble, we can get peace through prayer and receive blessings from God as we follow His commandments and follow His ordained prophet. Following the prophet is so important. 

The great and spacious building which the prophet Lehi spoke about was full of people who mocked the faithful who were partaking of the fruit of the tree of life. I feel like we are experiencing this so much today.  Those who mock would say that we are blind sheep if we follow the prophet. I’m convinced for myself, that I will always be on the side of God if I follow the prophet, even when I don’t understand why. As a father and a bishop of our ward, there are questions that I can’t answer. And that’s OK. I pray for peace and move forward in Faith.

I want to end with one of my favorite hymns.

We thank thee, O God, for a prophet, To guide us in these latter days.

We thank thee for sending the gospel, To lighten our minds with its rays.

We thank thee for every blessing, Bestowed by thy bounteous hand.

We feel it a pleasure to serve thee, And love to obey thy command.

Shawn Rapier – Latter-day Lives Podcaster – Ep 13

Well if there was ever a time for you to check out the Rocky Mountain Sunshine Podcast, it is this episode. Shawn Rapier is one of my closest friends. He is the host of three fun podcasts: Latter-day Lives, Sharing Time, and The Castle Collective.

It was so much fun having him as a guest.

Shawn is also an award winning cook with Gabbacue Smoke and Grill, a speaker, a comedian, an amazing father, a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and so much more. You will love getting to know Shawn!

A bit from the podcast:

Q. Why did Adele cross the road? A. To say hello from the other side.

We learn about where Shawn grew up.

Shawn shares a few experiences he had with Neal A. Maxwell, Brad Wilcox, President Thomas S. Monson (then Elder Monson), and President Howard W. Hunter (then Elder Hunter).

We talk about Shawn’s mission in Osorno, Chile.

We learn how he met his wife Vanessa. We also hear how is little family of 8 children came about.

We talk about how his popular podcast, Latter-day Lives came about and what he learned along the way.

He is a husband, a father, a comedian, a sales professional extraordinaire, a podcaster, a writer, a heck of a foosball player, a BBQ aficionado, a world traveler, and my closest friend. Shawn Rapier Thank you for joining us!
Cheers from the Pacific Northwest!

Jason Bringhurst and Shawn Rapier

College, COVID, & Mental Health – Ep 12

In today’s podcast episode I talk to my daughters Julienne, Maggie, and Emma about what it’s like going through the COVID-19 pandemic as a high-school student and college student.

We talk about mental health, how it has impacted them, and how they are coping.

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Julienne (left), Emma (top), Maggie (right) and Jason Bringhurst (bottom)

From the show:

Holy cow, guys, 2021! I sounds so futuristic! Mentally I’m still in 2019.

Today we have special guests the first time I’ve ever had guests on the podcast.

We have my daughter Juliennne who is in Provo.

We have my daughter Maggie. Who is in Logan, Utah.

I’m honored to be here. Thank you.

And we have my daughter, Emma, who is in studio with me in Port Angeles, Washington.

So yeah, it’s my first episode with a guest. And tonight we actually have three so it’s awesome! We are doing it virtually for Julienne and Maggie.

I thought that of course we would need to start this with an awesome dad joke.

So since we’re in quarantine, I guess we’ll only be making inside jokes from now on. haha

Ah, do you hear the laughter? Live laughter from my daughters as I tell a dad joke.

Too bad. There isn’t a video to see the eye rolls going with the dad joke. All right.

Well, we’re looking at a new year 2021. We’re just coming out of a really unique year. 2020 was very different than most other years for high schoolers and for college students. And so I have a pool of people that I have put together who are actually high school and college students.

So what has it been like? Going through 2020 as a senior in high school, Emma, and as a college student, Juliennne and Maggie. What has it been? Like?

Um, it’s been a lot harder than going to school in person. Yeah.

Yeah. Why has it been harder?

The best analogy that I have for it is going to school in person is like having a gym membership, and a scheduled session five days a week, and you have like some friends in the class and a great personal trainer. Online school is like trying to follow written out steps of workout in your room alone when you don’t know what you’re doing, and don’t understand the exercise language, and you don’t understand what you’re expected to do. And you don’t have any gym equipment, and you feel stressed out and isolated because you don’t have much control of your life.

…So it’s the same? haha

Okay, I’m getting anxiety, just listening. Okay. All right. Take a breath. All right.

I mean, even I’ve had a couple classes that are in person. And even then, I mean, it’s not the same. And I feel like, for me, you know, going to college and paying for college, I’m so acutely aware of the value of education that I’m getting, and comparing that to the tuition that I’m paying. And, you know, comparing that to the tuition that I’ve paid in the past and the value that I’ve gotten in the past. And I mean, I know, I know, the world isn’t fair. And I know people are struggling harder than I am. But I mean, it’s just frustrating to think I could be getting something more out of it. And, you know, this is just kind of what I’m stuck with.

Yeah, I totally get that. That’s got to be frustrating when you paid for the IMAX experience. And you’re getting a small screen on an airplane. That’s my analogy.

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Do Latter-day Saints celebrate Christmas? – Ep 8

Get early access to tomorrow’s episode where I answer some common questions people have about Latter-day Saints relating to Christmas!

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In this episode, I talk about some questions that arise about Latter-day Saints when it comes to Christmas.

I answer many questions that are commonly “googled” using the term “Mormon” relating to Christmas. Actually “Mormon” is not the correct name for members of the Church. The correct name of the Church is, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is preferred that the correct name of the Church is used when referring to members or simply Latter-day Saints.  

Some things we will talk about: My beef with Starbucks. When I caught my friend Shawn holding a beer. (no he wasn’t drinking it). When I accepted a bottle of wine in France. When I accidentally had alcohol on my breath and on my hands as a missionary, right before meeting with President Neil L. Andersen, our mission president.
These are some popular searches that I found on Google related to my faith that we will discuss:
Do Latter-day Saints Celebrate Christmas?

What do you get a Latter-day Saint for Christmas?

Do Latter-day Saints celebrate holidays?

Do Latter-day Saints drink alcohol during the holidays?

Do Latter-day Saints eat chocolate?

If you are of another faith, hopefully  this podcast will help you to remember the correct name. Mormon is an ancient prophet who compiled the writings of many ancient prophets and put them together into The Book of Mormon. I believe it to be the word of God right along with the Bible. I revere him as a prophet, but when we call our church, “The Mormon Church”, it makes it sound like we worship Mormon, instead of Jesus Christ. Those who read the Book of Mormon, know that it is simply many teachings of Jesus Christ by His prophets who lived on the American continent between 600 B.C to 400 A.D. For more on the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

For specifics on the name of the Church:,of%20Latter%2Dday%20Saints.%22

I’m originally from Midvale, Utah. I am married to the lovely and talented Jen Bringhurst. I have 6 amazing and talented children. I am a small business owner. I love a cold Diet Coke and a slice of pizza. I listen to 80’s New Wave music.  I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I live in beautiful Port Angeles, Washington after moving here in 2018 from Highland, Utah.

Thanks for listening! We hope that we’ve added a little bit of sunshine to your day. Make sure to visit for other content not found on the podcast. We would appreciate it if you would subscribe, rate and review the episode. Also, if you liked it, please share it! It will help us to be found when people are looking for podcasts.

Until next time, Cheers from the Pacific Northwest!

Music by Pixabay – United State Marine Band – We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

The views and opinions expressed on the Rocky Mountain Sunshine podcast and blog are those of the host and any guests and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Rocky Mountain Sunshine podcast and blog is not owned nor operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and does not officially represent The Church in any way.

I took this picture of the Salt Lake Temple last year while on vacation in Utah

Revisiting Sales, Mission, and Grit – Episode 7

I hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I released episode 7 of the Rocky Mountain Sunshine Podcast.

The puns get laid on heavy in this episode. Brace yourself for an epic look at the pun-story of Thanksgiving. Betsy N’importe quoi bakes a pie, but not just any pie. She’s nervous and has a lot of angst over it as she shares it at their gratitude harvest festival.

I also revisit my blog post on Sales, Missions, and Grit and what it takes to be successful in sales and on as a missionary.

“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”

― Jenkin Lloyd Jones

About Grit:
I think one of the key ingredients to success is grit. Grit is defined as “courage and resolve, strength of character.” Synonyms include: mettle, backbone, spirit, strength of will, moral fiber, steel, nerve, fortitude, toughness, hardiness, resolution, determination, tenacity, perseverance, endurance; spunk.”

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Jason Bringhurst in Pau, France – 1993

Peace, Joy, and Finding Meaning in Turbulent Times – Ep 6

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Show Notes from today’s podcast episode:

In episode 6, Thanksgiving is almost here! Today I talk about Peace, Joy, and Finding Meaning in Turbulent Times.  

With it being Thanksgiving this week, I wanted to share what I’m thankful for and recognize the blessings in my life despite the challenges brought by the COVID-19 plague. 

I also share a frustration with Audacity that I had when the audio got slowed down A LOT on my recording.

Plans have been cancelled. Trips cancelled. Church cancelled. It’s been a year of cancelations. Can we #givethanks and find good when there is uncertainty?

#givethanks for more family time.

#givethanks for good health.

#givethanks for more time on Sundays during the lockdown.

#givethanks for the unique experience of having church at home.

#givethanks for a simpler life. Things move a little slower.

#givethanks for distance making the hearth grow fonder.

#givethanks for less business travel.

#givethanks for more sleep and being more rested.

#givethanks for video calls.

#givethanks being more grateful for Church youth program.

#givethanks for virtual mission reunion. Seeing virtually President (Elder) Neil L. Andersen, Sister Andersen and President Oveson.

#givethanks for virtual family reunions.

#givethanks for cousins, aunts, & uncles.

#givethanks for sacrament at home with Jen’s parents.

#givethanks for home primary and my daughter Emma being the home primary president.

#givethanks for creative virtual youth activities.

#givethanks for my business

#givethanks for our home, the surrounding beauty, & remoteness of Port Angeles.

#givethanks for family and friends.

#givethanks home teaching and ministering to others.

#givethanks for being able to choose one’s attitude.

#givethanks for being able to choose our response to trials.

#givethanks for being able to see some of the good.

#givethanks for starting a podcast.

#givethanks for prayers to know what am I to learn?

Rocky Mountain Sunshine is a podcast which shares faith and spreads a little sunshine. I’m originally from Midvale, Utah. I am married to the lovely and talented Jen Bringhurst. I have 6 amazing and talented children. I am a small business owner. I love a cold Diet Coke and a slice of pizza. I listen to 80’s New Wave music.  I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (LDS) Sometimes folks call us Mormon, but that isn’t the correct name of the Church. I live in beautiful Port Angeles, Washington after moving here with my family in 2018 from Highland, Utah. Thanks for listening! We hope that we’ve add  a little bit of sunshine to your day. Make sure to visit for other content not found on the podcast. We would appreciate it if you would subscribe, rate and review the episode. Also, if you liked it, please share it! It will help us to be found when people are looking for podcasts.

Until next time, Cheers from the Pacific Northwest!

Top 12 LDS themed Podcasts

OK, so full disclosure, yes I have a podcast. It’s called Rocky Mountain Sunshine. However, I didn’t put it in the top 12, (although, I thought about it!)  I really enjoy podcasts and I have several LDS podcasts that I listen to each week either on Anchor, Stitcher or Spotify. I’m no longer an Apple guy, but it is the original and most popular way to listen to podcasts through iTunes.. There are many podcasts out there, but I’m only interested in ones that are positive and build faith, not tear it down or find faults. 

So here are my picks for my favorite LDS related podcasts: 

  1. Latter-day Lives / Sharing Time

I’ll group these two together. Latter-day lives is wrapping up, but there are three years worth of episodes where my good friend Shawn Rapier interviews many interesting guests.  You’ll really like this podcast, and like me, you’ll hope that Shawn decides to start it up again one day.  

The Sharing Time podcast is kind of like hanging out at Shawn’s house with Ken Craig, and talking before a Lakers game, or maybe at half time. They discuss fun topics and their humor is golden. It will put a spring in your step!

  1. Church News

While this is fairly new, I know it will continue to be one of my favorites. Sarah Jane Weaver is the host and interviews Church leaders, members who are making a difference and writers from the Church News team. In the first episode she interviews President M. Russell Ballard. You’ll be hooked after this episode and there can only be more good episodes to come.

  1. FairMormon

I’ve got to admit, I was skeptical about FairMormon. I have stumbled across way too many podcasts that appear to be good podcasts at first glance, and then end up tearing down the faith. I avoid them like the plague….or like COVID-19.

FairMormon is actually a fantastic podcast that defends the faith. Often they will give historical views or tackle issues in the Book o Mormon or doctrine that give people some heartburn. Some of the podcasts are deep dives and go over my head, but that isn’t too hard to do. My kids watch an episode of Wild Kratts and in 30 minutes know tons more about animals than I ever will. For example, “Hey dad, do you know the difference between a crocodile and an alligator?” Me, “Uh, is this a trick question? I think one has an Australian accent?” The kids then look at me in disbelief that they know more than I do about a particular animal or species once again. Anyway, I digress, but this is a good podcast to have in your rotation.

  1. Latter-day Saint MissionCast

This one is hosted by Nick Galieti. It is the latest of Nick’s many podcasts. This guy has an impressive resume! This podcast has a tie to missionary work and missionaries. Nick has done several podcasts including Book of Mormon Central, LDS Perspectives, The Good Word, Mormon History Guy, Good Thinking, and has done a lot of work with FairMormon. If there is an LDS podcaster guru award, it goes to Nick. 

  1. Real Talk – Come Follow Me

I listen to three Come Follow Me shows regularly. This one is the shortest and I like how they get to the point and just pick some nuggets out of the chapters.  It’s not an in-depth dive, but always get something good out of it. It’s produced by Covenant Communications, so its production is well done. The hosts are Ganel-Lyn Condi and Scott Sorensen.

  1. Saints – No Unhallowed Hand- Volume 2

I’m an odd fellow when it comes to history. I can find history a bit boring, but I LOVE CHURCH HISTORY! But I don’t like studying history. Does that even make sense? So for example, one of my favorite places to vacation is Nauvoo. I cannot get enough of that place. But reading long books about pioneer history is not necessarily my thing. Saints is the right mix of history told in narrative story form. It’s Church history, but it is done in a compelling narrative way that is so engaging. This is a gem in the latter-days and you really need to listen to it. You can read it as well, but this is not the top 12 books list. The book is free to download and the podcast is free, so how cool is that? I really like this podcast.

  1. BYU Idaho Devotionals

Perfect for when you want inspiration and something uplifting. Many good talks from Church leaders. I miss having a Tuesday devotional to lift me up when I was a student at BYU. Throw one of these on and there you go!

  1. The Joseph Smith Papers

Remember what I said about Church history? I love it, but I’m not a historian. My eyes glaze over a bit when I start getting in too deep. But I have a strong love for the Prophet Joseph Smith, and I love learning everything I can (from credible sources) about him and his life. This is the place to go for a deep dive into the life of Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Lord.

  1. Conversations

This is not in production any more, but do yourself a favor and go back to the beginning and listen to these awesome conversations. I’ve gone back and listened to many episodes time and again. This is a sign of a good podcast!

  1. All In

Thi is done by LDS Living. I’ll use their description of the podcast. What does it mean to be “all in” the gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days? The answers might surprise you. …we explore this question with the help of authors and artists who are striving to live their faith every day—just like you. So, you can’t go wrong with this podcast. Give it a check on your favorites.

  1. BYU Maxwell Institute

I’m pretty sure that you become smarter just by adding this to your favorites. There is a wealth of knowledge in these episodes.

  1. Book of Mormon Central

Book of Mormon Central is a great resource for discussions on the Book of Mormon. They have their Rare Possessions podcast and their regular podcast. Also, follow them on YouTube for a really good Come Follow Me episode each week. They should just put those into a podcast as well, although they like to use a white board and visuals which might not work as well. 

I hope that this helps add some new podcasts to your favorites list. I’m sure I’ve missed some other ones. Maybe I should have done a best 20 LDS podcasts. I thought a Best 10 LDS podcasts was just too short. And of course, I’d be honored to have Rocky Mountain Sunshine’s podcast included as well on your favorites list if it’s not already. Look, I’ll even put a few links here for you!


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The Miracle of the Stolen Missionary Journals – Ep 5

We are now on Apple Podcasts and we just released a new episode!

In Episode 5, I talk about a miracle that happened when my missionary journals were stolen on the way home from my 2-year mission in Bordeaux, France.

It is available on Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, and Spotify.

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