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Church History Lesson #29 — “Building the Kingdom in Nauvoo”

Church History Lesson #29 — “Building the Kingdom in Nauvoo” This week in I substituted in Gospel Doctrine. We led off by talking about a person who was well known as a charismatic leader. He had a fervent band of followers and he sold them on a vision of “draining the swamp” and making a city […]

Youth Conference Story: “The Room”

“The Room” by Joshua Harris In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in The Room. There were no distinguishing features save for the one wall covered with small index card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order. But these files, which stretched from floor […]

New audio talk: “The Terra Firma Academy”

  Life can be both a difficult challenge and an incredible adventure! In this engaging talk, we teach youth that with premortal instincts, loving Heavenly Parents, and lots of help from divine sources on earth, our lives can and will be wonderful success stories! Brother Bernards shares several important tips in this spiritual survival guide […]

2017 South Bay Youth Conference – “The Terra Firma Academy”

Have you every really wondered where you came from, and why you’re here? What if I told you that you’ve been dropped into a sort of celestial boarding school, and you have incredible gifts waiting for you if you can return with high marks? Consider this a ‘survival guide’ to help you make it through […]

2017 South Bay Youth Conference – “Temple Prep for Teens”

Learning the forgotten language of scriptural symbolism can completely change how we view religious art, architecture, and the scriptures themselves. Here is an introductory primer into reading symbols long forgotten. Download the slide deck here Slides originally used in a presentation at the LDS South Bay Youth Conference in East San Jose, CA.  

New Talk – 2017 Youth Theme “Don’t Forget to A.S.K.”

I’m thrilled to announce a new talk available for download, all about the 2017 youth theme (James 1:5), titled “Don’t Forget to A.S.K”. Here’s the description from LDS Talks for Teens: “This talk is a GREAT resource for the 2017 youth theme! For those who “lack wisdom” (James 1:5) and feel that getting answers to […]

South Bay Youth Conference – Youth Night Devotional and Q+A

    In preparation for the San Jose 2017 multi-stake Youth Conference, we put together a little evening devotional and Q+A session for the youth. The goal was for them to be introduced to themes and ideas that would be addressed at the conference, get them excited to attend, and lay the groundwork for future […]

New Beginnings In Christ

  A while back I was training for a long race. Had a lot of time to ponder when out pounding the pavement. I learned a few things along the way, and kept seeing the spiritual parallels; every truth I found through hard work and sweat seemed to apply to both my physical and Gospel-centered […]

Tree of Life

Legends talk of trees somehow thriving in impossible conditions and bearing fruit for not only those who planted it but their children’s children’s children. Their roots ran deep. Past the sand and rocks. Deep enough to find living water, hidden beyond sight of the caretakers. And their roots worked together to survive, sending up shoots […]

EFY 2016: Looking Back

“So what are you going to be teaching them this time?” Every year I get that question, and every year the answer is different. “Not sure yet!” I smile and shrug. “Gonna have to pray and figure that out.” That’s part of the magic that is the EFY experience, as a teacher. We’re not given […]

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