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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”

7 Hard Lessons

The following presentation was originally shared at Especially For Youth in Santa Barbara, CA, and Provo, UT, in the summer of 2015.

Turned Around

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 2015 – TURNED AROUND  

5 Bars

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 2015 – 5 Bars

Be a Better Teacher: The Essays

The following are notes and slides from a Teacher Development class I put on for the Sunday School + Auxiliary teachers in the Laguna Creek 1st Ward.   Additional Content Links to the essays on LDS.org “How will the Gospel Topics section be enhanced?” – video clip “How does the Gospel Topics help me?” – video clip “What […]

Video: Message to your future and past self

I recently had a chance to speak at the Las Vegas Spring Mountain Stake Youth Conference, held in the mountains above Kingman, AZ. As part of the preparation for their 2-day trek, they studied the account of Nephi’s family leaving Jerusalem behind and setting out to into the wilderness. Before I came to speak to them, I […]

Be a Better Teacher: Going Deep

The following are notes and slides from a Teacher Development class I put on for the Sunday School + Auxiliary teachers in the Laguna Creek 1st Ward.   Additional materials shared in class: Higher Order Questions        

Sabbath Investments

A funny thing happens at the beginning of the year. Lots of talk about new beginnings, lots of goals set. Gyms are full of overloaded cardio machines and packed zumba classes, 80% of whose patrons won’t last a month. And when someone asks what my resolution is for the new year, I get to say […]

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