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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 […]

New Book: “Faith and a Life Jacket”

I’m thrilled to finally announce my latest book, “Faith and a Life Jacket: Seven Truths for Your Eternal Mission”! This is #missionaryprep for the millennial generation I’ve been longing to tell these stories for years. What started out as a simple presentation to my seminary students has grown into a full-blown mission prep class at EFY […]

The Unexpected Signal

I know a kid who struck out on his own early in life. He’s been living solo for a few years now. Came from a big family where he easily felt lost in the crowd. He’s seen all his older siblings go and live their lives, some in the Church, some not. He’s a brilliant young […]

In Praise Of Scriptural Wanderlust

“Why don’t we talk about these things anymore? How could something this insightful have fallen off the radar and been pushed out of our study circles?” she asked, dumbfounded. I paused for a moment in my reading, trying to come up with a good answer while she finished brushing her teeth. Every few nights I’d been reading to her […]

Fresno North Stake EFY: Looking Back

If you told me that I would need to pack snow pants, gloves, and a scarf for Spring Break this year, I would have said you’re nuts. If you told me that a couple hundred high school kids would be doing the same thing, just so they could ride a bus (some of them for 5 hours! Helllooooo […]

At Life’s Sunset: Thoughts on Grandma’s Passing

My earliest memory of Grandma Helen was of going to her house when I was about 2-3 years old, too young to sit still while my folks chatted on the couch with her and Grandpa Bernards. So my brother Sam and I toddled out to the patio and poked at frogs we found hiding under the bushes. […]

EFY Panel Discussion: EXTRA CREDIT

Confession time: I have a love / hate relationship with the EFY Q&A Panel. I LOVE that we get to set aside pre-planned material and just open up and talk about the questions the youth have (no matter how silly or awkward some of them are!) I HATE that we only have 1 hour to […]

Burned Out

The following presentation was originally shared at Especially For Youth in Santa Barbara, CA, and Provo, UT, in the summer of 2015. Download a copy of the slides here:EFY 2014 – BURNED OUT Video Presentation: “Even When You’re Broken”

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