Category: Reflections

October, 4, 2011

Divine Signature

Recently, an old friend of mine gave me a book by an emeritus general authority named Gerald N. Lund. He is the author of one of my favorite books, The Alliance, which is a science fiction allegory to agency and its vital role in our lives. This book my friend gave me is a little …

September, 23, 2011

Joseph Smith, God’s Student

The title of this post is from one of the displays in our gallery that has been quite intriguing to me. What an honor to be called “God’s student!” What qualified Joseph Smith to receive this title? His learning came through a pattern of study, experience, and revelation. As we gain our education in this …

June, 8, 2011

Light at the End of the Tunnel

I’ve often reflected on how Mary Magdalene felt upon finding a dark, empty tomb where she had hoped to see the body of her beloved friend and teacher. Of course, she had once been taught the doctrine of the resurrection, but, as His death became a reality, I suspect that the image of His prophesied …

May, 23, 2011

Learning Step by Step

A few weeks ago my nephew, who is three, called me and asked me if I would come play with him and his younger brother. I was swamped with class work and a busy schedule but decided I could spare an hour. We went on a hike up a steep hill that was slippery from …

April, 27, 2011

Finding Strength in Our Past

Upon being accepted into BYU, I made plans to make the journey by car all the way from North Carolina, to Provo. The 2,200 mile trip would pan out to take about 35 hours and would require that I drive through the night and day to complete the trip within 3 days. Although I dreaded …

March, 30, 2011

Pressing On

As the end of the semester is nearing, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the long “to do” lists we all have. Studying, cleaning checks, studying some more, final projects, switching apartments, getting in those last minute hours at your internship, figuring out what your summer plans are, etc. The list never ends! On …

March, 24, 2011

Sacrificing for Scriptures

Flump! I throw myself on the bed.  One midterm and two essays down. Glancing at my alarm clock, I start to calculate: 5 hours till I wake up. My nose peaks over the edge of the bed. It’s sitting there staring at me from the top of a pile of books. I’ll skip-just for tonight. …

March, 2, 2011

Special Spirit, Special Space

I love working in the Education in Zion Gallery because it is unlike any other space on campus.  I am privileged to enjoy the peaceful quiet beauty of the gallery almost every day.  But what is it that makes this space so peaceful?

February, 16, 2011

Circle of Honor

“I have been asked what I mean by ‘word of honor.’ I will tell you. Place me behind prison walls–walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground–there is a possibility that in some way or another I may escape; but stand me on the floor and draw …

January, 31, 2011

A Heritage of Success

One Saturday I was standing in the student section, cheering on the Cougar basketball team, when a flood of school pride came over me.  Our team is having an awesome season.  Then thoughts came streaming through my head about how we are so fortunate to have such nationally esteemed teams, programs, faculty, and opportunities.