December 19, 2023
LILY Letter 141: Wrapping Up the New Testament

Early on in our courtship, Jeff referred to us as "New Testament" Mormons (before President Nelson asked that we become more deliberate about using the official name of the church). Cathy had never come up with that name for her approach to membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but it seemed […]

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November 7, 2021
HOPE IN DESPAIR

"If I can choose what is placed on my tombstone, it will be this: "Patriot and Statesman; Loving Husband, Father, and Friend; Man of God." I have not yet reached my potential in any of these areas, and in many ways I feel like I have fallen very short. But I'm still a young man […]

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September 7, 2021
LILY Letter 22: Promises God Didn't Keep?

Many times have we heard divorced mid-singles express deep disappointment over the loss of a marriage saying, "I did everything I was supposed to. I went on a mission. I married a returned missionary in the temple. I kept the law of chastity before I was married and after. I paid my tithing and accepted […]

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August 30, 2021
OUR HERO

We humans seem to need heroes. We create them in movies and popular culture. Heroes are larger than life figures who come to the rescue in moments of peril. I actually have a bust of George Washington in my office that was made from his life mask. Washington was America's first big celebrity. Every portrait […]

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July 19, 2021
BECOMING ONE IN CHRIST JESUS

I love the symbolism of this stained glass window. It shows Yeshua the Christ holding the hands of a married couple. Notice that the star of David is between them. The star is composed of two triangles. The upside down triangle represents the infinite power of God, loving each person individually. The right side up […]

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May 19, 2021
ON FEAR AND LOVE

During my mid-single years, I often heard the phrase "I hate dating." I even heard it from people who were actively making an effort to date--maybe even especially from those people. If I asked the reasons, I heard disparaging comments about the opposite sex, feelings about having hearts broken in the past, negative comments about […]

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April 13, 2021
LILY Letter 1: The Dawning of a New Day for Latter-day Saint Mid-Singles

At our recent General Conference, President M. Russell Ballard and Elder Gerrit W. Gong both highlighted the fact that a majority of adult members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are now unmarried, widowed, or divorced. Among other things, Elder Gong emphasized that, “Our standing before the Lord and in His Church […]

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