Our Playlist

A perk to living in a small town is you get a small town radio station.  I’m referring to the few of us who still listen to over-the-air, broadcast, loaded with commercials radio.  Before you poo-poo the thought let me just say, I only listen to the radio when I’m in the car.  As I mentioned, I live in a small town so my daily commute to work takes about 7 minutes.  It can take up to 15 excruciatingly long minutes if there is construction.  But all in all, I typically spend less than 30 minutes in my car a day.  It’s not worth it to pay for music so traditional AM/FM works just fine for me.   Let me tell you more about the radio station I listen to in the mornings.  It’s an AM station with local deejays in the morning.  The playlist is the whim of the DJ on shift which means I could hear just about anything in the morning.  There is no set genre. Continue reading

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General Conference thoughts: Cleansed by Repentance

By chance, my daily Book of Mormon reading this morning was Alma 36.  In it is the fatherly counsel Alma gave his oldest son and it included his account of the angel’s visit many years prior.  Alma describes to his son the repentance process and the why of repenting.  His experience, though expedited from the normal process, is a good study because it shows the arc from unrepentant soul to a heart in full contrition. Continue reading

Peter’s denial vs Judas’ betrayal

A few months ago, while we finished our study of the four Gospels in the Come, Follow Me lessons for the New Testament I had the thought, “what is the difference between Peter’s denial of Christ and the betrayal by Judas that led to the arrest of Jesus?” Is Judas synonymous with betrayal because his actions ultimately led to the crucifixion of Jesus or was there something more I was missing?  I do not claim to be a gospel scholar or scriptorian.  These are simply my thoughts as I pondered the difference between these two men and why one is honored and one is sullied. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Come, Follow Me

When I think of the word ‘come’ I think action.  I also think of joining someone else.  Come, for me, is movement toward something or someone else. It’s an invitation to connect or join with someone and not be alone.

The word ‘go’ implies something a little different.  For me anyway.  Although it is also an action word I think of moving away from something.  It is more of a solitude motion. I think of leaving.

Sometimes the Savior used both as one invitation.  In Matthew 19:21 Jesus counsels the rich young ruler to “go and sell that thou hast…and come and follow me.”  What I picture here is first an act of one.  The young man must first demonstrate his commitment by going and doing.  First, he must leave his comfort zone. Once he has taken care of that first lonely step he is then invited to come and join.

In other words, take that first movement to change, to get out of your comfort zone, to make the commitment.  The sincerity of the movement is the first step and you alone can make it.  This action has to come from you.

Once that first step is taken or change is initiated then come.  Come and join others who are on  that same path.  Come, you are not alone.   Move yourself from where you are to somewhere better.  Come is the invitation extended to all.

Come, Follow Me

by President Russell M. Nelson