Archives for August 2013

Mormons, fasting, and why it’s important

A few weeks ago, I was invited to an Interfaith Dinner at a local  Muslim mosque. Being a Christian and a Mormon from the Intermountain West, it was quite an education for me and my family to learn about their faith and culture. Though the men and women eat and pray in separate rooms, we […]

Houston Mormons serve homeless veterans

A successful second round of donations for the Adopt-A-Vet program this weekend put Compassionate Houston’s goal of 300 welcome home baskets in 100 days within reach. Compassionate Houston is a coalition of faith-based organizations and private citizens. Their goal is to provide a place to stay, social services and job assistance for chronically homeless veterans […]

US Congressman Olson stops by to visit LDS boy scouts

When Boy Scouts seeking an Eagle rank attend their prerequisite Citizenship Merit Badge class, they usually come stocked with pencils, paper, and a stoic determination to get through the boring lecture and accompanying busy work as quickly as possible. However, sponsored by the Mission Bend and Alief Wards of the Richmond Texas Stake of the Church of Jesus […]

Mormon Missionary survives deadly train wreck in Spain – watch CNN video interview

Like the rest of the world, I was horrified to learn of the train derailment in northwestern Spain on July 24th, leaving at least 80 people dead with more than 100 injured. In fact, one of the injured was a Mormon missionary from Bountiful, Utah.Eighteen-year-old Stephen Ward had left his Utah home six weeks earlier […]

A prophet – or a man?

One of the unique characteristics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is our belief in a modern-day prophet. “We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.” (Article of Faith #6) This belief is unique among mainstream Christian faiths who, […]

Mormon Youth Take Part in Summer Musical for Community

While many people complain about their ‘tweens and teens, many local Mormon parents are proud of their youth. Last month my teenage daughter and I took part in our stake’s summer Youth Musical (SYM) on July 19th and 20th. Since I wanted something we could do together (I served as a leader), we spent two […]