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Wallace Goddard

Meet Author Wallace Goddard

Wally Goddard is a Professor of Family Life for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service where he develops programs on personal well-being, marriage, and parenting. He is well known for his many creative family programs, including The Marriage Garden and The Parenting Journey.

Wally has authored or co-authored several books including Between Parent and Child, The Soft-Spoken Parent, and Drawing Heaven into Your Marriage. He discusses new ideas at his blog www.DrWally.org.He has been recognized by his colleagues by being granted fellow status by the National Council on Family Relations and given the Career Achievement Award by the national association of family life specialists.

Wally and his wife, Nancy, have three adult children, nine grandchildren, and have cared for twenty foster children over their 36 years of marriage. Wally describes Nancy as the finest human being he has ever known.

Author's Published Articles
2014-06-27

It is inevitable in family life that our pet peeves will collide and create conflict. So what do we do when we experience marit...

2014-05-20

I believe that we each had an interview with Father before leaving our heavenly home and coming to earth. ...

2014-03-04

“How did you come to trust God?” my friend asked over the phone. The question was poignant because the good woman who asked...

2014-01-31

We fallen humans have every reason to expect censure from Jesus; yet he calls us. ...

2013-11-26

In our quiet, introspective moments, we are deeply pained by our fallenness and failures. Sometimes we despair....

2013-10-11

In our search to sustain a vibrant faith in God, how do we account for suffering?...

2013-09-13

That is the beauty of family life. We are regularly pressed against people whose faults we have come to know only too well. ...

2013-09-03

"How can I get my child to do what I want him/her to do--especially when they don't want to do it?" That question has no satisf...

2013-08-16

Most of us will never have lunch with such a celebrity. Yet, every week each of us is invited to an encounter with the most imp...

2013-07-30

In terms of modern miracles, we LDS are perched precariously above the bulk of the Christian world but below the scriptural sta...

2013-07-15

Jesus regularly offended the institutional leaders of His time. He had a message and behavior that were disturbing to His conve...

2013-06-14

Lessons learned after the dreaded cancer diagnosis came into our lives two years ago....

2013-06-10

"How did you come to trust God?" my friend asked over the phone....

2013-05-16

Why would a perfectly wise, powerful, and loving God devise a plan that rescues only a small fraction of His children while aba...

2013-02-22

How can we know truth? One of the puzzling questions of existence is where to our trust when seeking truth. Our success in disc...

2013-02-15

Anger often makes fools of us. Even as we violate our consciences by insulting those we love, it is quite possible to feel virt...

2013-01-04

Does God have feelings the way we do? We sorrow when children suffer. We weep when they hurt. But if God feels our pains, then ...

2012-10-12

If we posed the question, “Does faith in the Lord Jesus Christ save us?” we, with our Protestant friends would gladly answe...

2012-10-05

If there is any group that honors the process that gave us the Bible, it is the Latter-day Saints. We believe that God still re...

2012-09-28

What is clear in mainline Christianity is that there is a vast chasm between what we are and what God is. There is a gulf betwe...

2012-09-21

Who Gets Burned? The Latter-day Wideness of God’s Mercy...

2012-09-14

It is not surprising that Christians hold the Bible in high regard. It is a priceless record of God’s dealings with Israel an...

2012-09-07

The Restoration view of the Godhead is truer to the Bible than modern creeds. It's another bullseye for Joseph Smith....

2012-08-03

When I was a teen I witnessed the up-and-down course of many relationships. I wondered whether I might marry, but then become d...

2012-06-28

What is the unique role of the Book of Mormon in a latter-day world that has multiple books of scripture? Why is it essential? ...

2012-05-11

Mom started in me a process of celebrating God’s many gifts of life. I cannot count the number of times she has lifted me spi...

2012-02-27

If I ask you what political group, candidate, or position bothers you most, what comes to mind? If you live in the U.S., maybe ...

2012-01-31

It isn’t our circumstances that determine the story we tell ourselves about our life—it’s our perspective....

2011-12-30

Many of the traditional resolutions we make are mere gruel and not truly nourishing for the Saints of God....

2011-11-28

There are Godly ways to deal with the knotty parenting problems that seem unsolvable....

2011-11-17

Your home sends a message about what you believe. Here are some ideas about how your home can reflect what you love.....

2011-10-31

Years ago God taught me that I only have the right to correct those I love. When impatient indignation and annoyed disdain fill...

2011-10-20

It is in the depths of affliction that we learn whether we truly believe....

2011-09-27

How often are we our own worst enemies?...

2011-09-15

Given enough time together, the day may come when the person who once delighted us says something that hurts our feelings or do...

2011-08-24

How would it impact our homes and families if we approached our parenting with the heart of a earnest disciple?...

2011-08-16

When we find the Pharisee within us chafing at others, judging them, and speaking ill of them, we can invite the Lord to be a h...

2011-07-26

Parents attempts to control their children fall into three methods--and only one creates the outcome we really want....

2011-07-21

At various points in our lives, most of us will encounter people who view us in unflattering ways. We will be unfairly judged...

2011-06-28

How do we set reasonable limits while, at the same time, showing love and compassion for our children?...

2011-06-21

Several years ago I knew a man who said that he had mastered the temple endowment. I was intrigued....

2011-05-27

Heavenly Father gives us families where we are challenged to move beyond gauzy sentiment to real love—love that is lived not ...

2011-05-19

Some of the college entrance exams we took when we were young adults were designed so that few, if any, test-takers received pe...

2011-04-25

The foundation of the parenting structure is our compassion for our children—our tenderness and openness to our children’s ...

2011-04-15

Many of us seem to believe that God insists that our relationship with Him is regularly at risk because of our humanness. ...

2011-03-29

In parenting our children, we should have compassion for their humanness, that desperate fallenness that is part of this life. ...

2011-03-18

Sometimes our faith is weak. We often feel worried, tired, inadequate, and afraid. But in the darkness, a voice speaks: “Loo...

2011-02-28

Compassion requires us to stretch beyond our self-focused thoughts and concerns—and is an important gift in parenting....

2011-02-18

Healthy, meaningful relationships always entail a cost....

2011-01-28

Compassion is not your run-of-the-mill pity. It is not even human understanding. It is something much more and a critical attri...

2011-01-20

God may present us with a key question, “What are the terms of your surrender?”...

2011-01-03

We regularly try to turn parenting into a test of our skills. But no amount of skill can balance a heart that is trying to oper...

2010-12-16

We rarely recognize the importance of parenting in God’s plan. Parenting is God’s central task....

2010-12-06

It is very difficult for humans to get past the inner defense-lawyers in our souls. How much larger your life would be if your ...

2010-11-18

Why do we misunderstand each other and why are some relationships so challenging?...

2010-11-06

More efforts are being made to strengthen marriages than most people would guess. Come and see what’s happening. ...

2010-11-01

When someone has treated us insensitively, maybe we can open their minds and hearts to our world. At the very least we can offe...

2010-10-21

Are the lessons of life primarily to be learned via lectures or experiences? This scenario envisions a possible debate in heav...

2010-09-24

How do we develop and deepen our testimonies? How does God communicate with us to provide us with truth? ...

2010-09-16

Philip Jenkins, the renowned historian, has observed that Christian orthodoxy “was hammered out in a process that was painful...

2010-08-27

When we empty ourselves of ourselves—our agendas, preferences, peeves, demands, expectations—God is able to take up occupan...

2010-08-19

We are lastingly trapped in our narrow ways of thinking—unless we surrender our minds and hearts to God, who teaches us a new...

2010-07-29

Some portray God as austere, distant, and harsh, a picture that is far from inviting....

2010-07-15

When I was a teen and looked around our ward in Salt Lake City on Sundays, it seemed that more people were asleep in Christ tha...

2010-06-25

Two of the most popular methods that parents use to get their children to stop squabbling don’t work. Here are some ideas th...

2010-06-17

Quarreling and bickering among siblings are painfully common in family life. But there is a better way....

2010-05-31

It is clear that, in the long history of this burdened orb, it is rare for groups of people to coexist peacefully. How do we a...

2010-05-20

It is hard for most of us to know what a broken heart and a contrite spirit looks like. Are we to be dejected and downcast? Are...

2010-05-02

The Lord is always turning toward us whether we turn toward Him, turn away from Him, or turn against Him....

2009-12-07

Here's the list of books that can help your family and marriage succeed. ...

2009-11-17

In the course of the journey Art discovers a truth that will change him. And, as in all good literature and most of life, the c...

2009-11-10

There is something wonderfully satisfying about anger. When we chew each other out, we feel that we are on moral high ground. W...

2009-11-01

I looked up from the tables and lists of parenting books to see people laughing, embracing, struggling, and living in this swee...

2009-10-24

Good science unfailingly points us back to gospel truth....

2009-10-11

The language of sweetness in the movie has left a persistent smile on my soul....

2009-10-06

Some LDS talks have left an indelible impression on our culture--and now many of them are compiled in one book....

2009-09-21

This book should be especially useful for young people and adults planning on missions and for all members who have wanted a re...

2009-09-10

Society's changing view of marriage has radically weakened it....

2009-07-22

Sometimes anger is nothing more than simmering irritation. Other times it is fire in our soul. Yet even as we ready for the hol...

2009-07-20

If all of us were filled with the pure love of Christ, anger would not be a problem for any of us. But we are not, and it is. M...

2009-07-18

Very often we want to help our children act better, but then we often set a terrible example of immature rant. Surely there is ...

2009-07-16

Children's motives are much like ours — only probably a little purer. They are trying to find ways to get their needs met and...

2009-07-14

Far more often than we realize, our children are injured by painful encounters with life. They come home bruised, skinned, and ...

2009-07-11

God knows everything and loves perfectly. We do not. So we do a very poor job of playing God every time we try....

2009-07-08

It was a small dent. But for several months it was the only thing I saw when I looked at the car. I hardly noticed the shiny pa...

2009-07-04

Do you remember feeling painfully self-conscious as a child? Do you remember blushing with embarrassment over things you said? ...

2009-07-01

It may be that the children who have drawn our ire are just little strugglers doing the best they know how. They may feel confu...

2009-06-28

Children only learn the meaning of our words by connecting them to our actions. When our words and actions don't match, they be...

2009-06-26

Rather than accuse, confront, and threaten, parents might respond to the message of pain and confusion that a child's behavior ...

2009-06-15

It seems that life conspires against little boys. But as one little boy learned when he grew to manhood, it also conspires agai...

2009-06-14

I am amazed that more Latter-day Saints have not recognized the self-esteem movement as an effort by Satan to sell dark doctrin...

2009-06-13

My reading of scripture and my experience in life converge to convince me that I am unwise to put my trust in the arm of flesh....

2009-06-12

For some people, trusting God is as natural as eating. It seems to be written in their natures. For others, it is difficult. Ye...

2009-06-11

The fact that liars, sorcerers, adulterers, and whoremongers will be allowed to pay for their sins and receive a degree of joyo...

2009-06-10

If we are going to test Joseph Smith — or any other professed messenger for God — why not test him with key doctrines? If h...

2009-06-09

The days when you go to bed feeling peaceful are often the days that were packed with surprises, where very little went accordi...

2009-06-08

Joy is the sign of God's presence. It is the reliable indicator that He is a part of what we are thinking, doing, or being. Thu...

2009-06-07

The reigning paradigm about how to have a good marriage may be utterly and completely wrong!...

2009-06-06

What exactly did he mean when Heber C. Kimball made this extraordinary invitation: “I have said often, you may write blessing...

2009-06-05

Humans do a poor job of making sense of things. We misperceive. We jump to conclusions. We're rife with biases. But there is on...

2009-06-04

Fixing people is really God's prerogative. Our job is to bless them. ...

2009-06-03

A man asked a question in our high priest group meeting: “We believe in helping people. We helped the Jones family when their...

2009-06-02

Might we consider a backstory that might help us understand what might have brought a broken woman to Jesus to be made whole? ...

2009-06-01

Powerful romantic attractions are intended to get us together. But those strong feelings were never intended to make our decisi...

2009-05-31

If Satan can take God away from us, he has largely won the battle for our souls. We will slump into hopelessness in the absence...

2009-05-30

Nephi poignantly poses the questions that burden earnest seekers of goodness. Why can’t I overcome sin? Why, when I know so m...

2009-05-29

Since marriage is God's finishing school, we should expect more afflictions or challenges in marriage than in any other arena o...

2009-05-28

If we truly believe in Christ and apply his principles to our lives, we may forget the faults of our loved ones and work instea...

2009-05-27

If the wolves that threaten marriage are crowding at your door, they can be turned away if we trust God's purpose in perfecting...

2009-05-26

Every serious relationship will get to the point of desperation. At some point we know our partner well enough to be irritated ...

2009-05-25

If you find yourself enjoying a friendship with someone of the opposite sex more than you enjoy the friendship with your spouse...

2009-05-24

Chapter 6 of The First Principles of Marriage Consecration has everything to do with marriage. It is much more than "staying to...

2009-05-23

Charity may be one of the rarest of gems in this mortal world. What is it? What does it look like? How do we get it? And what d...

2009-05-22

All who have been married more than an hour have felt irritated with their spouses. How is it that some people can shrug those ...

2009-05-21

We need more than a set of skills for expressing discontent and requesting changes in marriage. We need a change of heart. The ...

2009-05-20

It’s amazing what awful things we can learn in the course of growing up. This world teaches us to look after ourselves at all...

2009-05-19

Opportunities for strengthening marriage through education are available in central Florida and southern Utah with ...

2009-05-18

What is the most important message brides and grooms can hear? ...

2009-05-17

I think that God intends that we choose goodness and holiness thousands of times in a lifetime and feel that sweet change thous...

2009-05-16

Repentance is often portrayed as morose business. It is to be dreaded and avoided at all costs. It causes embarrassment and hop...

2009-05-15

Having been taught from the beginning that we must love ourselves before we can love anyone else, it may seem to be eternal tru...

2009-05-14

Do we work hard, suffer terribly, and, in the end, fail to get to our hoped-for destination? That is not the Book of Mormon att...

2009-05-13

The best way to deal with Satan is to be filled with God, but the Book of Mormon clearly wants us to understand our enemy. ...

2009-05-12

Teaching hatred has always been the work of the wicked. Notice the irony shown in the Book of Mormon: No matter how wicked the ...

2009-05-11

The Book of Mormon seems to send a clear message: Failure to keep a record is a form of ingratitude. It damages us and it puts ...

2009-05-10

Maybe God was not evaluating my service as a branch president based on the total mass of my suffering....

2009-05-09

When I get that new car, I'll be happy. When I graduate, we will have more time. When the student loans are paid, life will be ...

2009-05-08

Only a few years ago my dad taught me another interpretation of that well known scripture. "Notice that the scripture says that...

2009-05-07

"I can't tell her about my trouble. Even if I begged her not to tell, I know she would tell everyone she talked to. And the sto...

2009-05-06

I am amazed that more Latter-day Saints have not recognized the self-esteem movement as an effort by Satan to sell dark doctrin...

2009-05-05

My reading of scripture and my experience in life converge to convince me that I am unwise to put my trust in the arm of flesh....

2009-05-04

For some people, trusting God is as natural as eating. It seems to be written in their natures. For others, it is difficult. Ye...

2009-05-03

The fact that liars, sorcerers, adulterers, and whoremongers will be allowed to pay for their sins and receive a degree of joyo...

2009-05-02

“A jovial, lively person, and a beautiful man.” I like that. No! I love that! God is the cheeriest person in the Universe!...

2009-05-01

The days when you go to bed feeling peaceful are often the days that were packed with surprises, where very little went accordi...

2009-04-30

Joy is the sign of God's presence. It is the reliable indicator that He is a part of what we are thinking, doing, or being. Thu...

2009-04-29

The reigning paradigm about how to have a good marriage may be utterly and completely wrong!...

2009-04-28

What exactly did he mean when Heber C. Kimball made this extraordinary invitation: “I have said often, you may write blessing...

2009-04-27

Life in mortality is filled with petty complaints and surly jostling. In fact mortality is designed to challenge the very best ...

2009-04-27

How often do we go to the Book of Mormon to be taught new ways of thinking? Do we use the Book of Mormon to make our points or ...

2009-04-27

The true test of discipleship is not that we help our friends; It is offering compassion, encouragement, and practical help to ...

2009-04-27

Rather than accuse, confront, and threaten, parents might respond to the message of pain and confusion that a child's behavior ...

2009-04-27

Children only learn the meaning of our words by connecting them to our actions. When our words and actions don't match, they be...

2009-04-27

It may be that the children who have drawn our ire are just little strugglers doing the best they know how. They may feel confu...

2009-04-27

Do you remember feeling painfully self-conscious as a child? Do you remember blushing with embarrassment over things you said? ...

2009-04-27

It was a small dent. But for several months it was the only thing I saw when I looked at the car. I hardly noticed the shiny pa...

2009-04-27

God knows everything and loves perfectly. We do not. So we do a very poor job of playing God every time we try....

2009-04-27

Far more often than we realize, our children are injured by painful encounters with life. They come home bruised, skinned, and ...

2009-04-27

Children's motives are much like ours - only probably a little purer. They are trying to find ways to get their needs met and e...

2009-04-27

Very often we want to help our children act better, but then we often set a terrible example of immature rant. Surely there is ...

2009-04-27

If all of us were filled with the pure love of Christ, anger would not be a problem for any of us. But we are not, and it is. M...

2009-04-27

Sometimes anger is nothing more than simmering irritation. Other times it is fire in our soul. Yet even as we ready for the hol...

2009-04-27

Society's changing view of marriage has radically weakened it....

2009-04-27

This book should be especially useful for young people and adults planning on missions and for all members who have wanted a re...

2009-04-27

Some LDS talks have left an indelible impression on our culture--and now many of them are compiled in one book....

2009-04-27

The language of sweetness in the movie has left a persistent smile on my soul....

2009-04-27

Good science unfailingly points us back to gospel truth....

2009-04-27

I looked up from the tables and lists of parenting books to see people laughing, embracing, struggling, and living in this swee...

2009-04-27

There is something wonderfully satisfying about anger. When we chew each other out, we feel that we are on moral high ground. W...

2009-04-27

In the course of the journey Art discovers a truth that will change him. And, as in all good literature and most of life, the c...

2009-04-27

Here's the list of books that can help your family and marriage succeed....

2009-04-27

Here's a book for people who want to renew their appreciation for the struggles of life, the importance of family loyalty, and ...

2009-04-27

An important contribution to the LDS effort to connect gospel principles to family realities has arrived in the form of James L...

2009-04-27

What would happen if we tried to solve family problems with doctrinal study? Perhaps there is no resource that is so badly unde...

2009-04-27

If you are interested in helping your children turn their emotions into energizing allies, Wally has three recommendations for ...

2009-04-27

Wally's Dad always said that everyone in heaven will be surprised. The Heavenly Village is a different approach to the subject ...

2009-04-27

Parenting books are like prescription medications: They must fit the need in order to be useful....

2009-04-27

There is some question whether a person can really experience fullness of joy without owning a personal copy of The Jolly Postm...

2009-04-27

The children's books I like best are those that are beautiful, have a meaningful message, and evoke happy memories. On the shor...

2009-04-27

Nephi poignantly poses the questions that burden earnest seekers of goodness. Why can't I overcome sin? Why, when I know so muc...

2009-04-27

The Good News is that He who commands us to love is the most loving being in the universe....

2009-04-27

Modern Christian descriptions of God and the trinity owe more to Greek philosophy, historical arguments, and theologian's perso...

2009-04-27

How can we tell if we're making some progress in our stubborn souls? Dr. Wally gives us some road marks....

2009-04-27

If Satan can take God away from us, he has largely won the battle for our souls. We will slump into hopelessness in the absence...

2009-04-27

Are we taking our sacred covenants too lightly when it comes to marriage?...

2009-04-27

We had just finished a national meeting in which we were planning a marriage curriculum when a colleague from another state too...

2009-04-27

God seems to ask: "Would you feel richer if others got less? Why would you begrudge someone else his good fortune?...

2009-04-27

We don't worship a checklist God. More important than doing everything right is that we do what we do with an eye single to Him...

2009-04-27

Powerful romantic attractions are intended to get us together. But those strong feelings were never intended to make our decisi...

2009-04-27

Might we consider a backstory that might help us understand what might have brought a broken woman to Jesus to be made whole?...

2009-04-27

A man asked a question in our high priest group meeting: "We believe in helping people. We helped the Jones family when their b...

2009-04-27

Fixing people is really God's prerogative. Our job is to bless them....

2009-04-27

Every once in a while, an experience (or set of them) pierces with unusual force. It penetrates to my core and humbles me. It r...

2009-04-27

Humans do a poor job of making sense of things. We misperceive. We jump to conclusions. We're rife with biases. But there is on...

2009-04-27

Meridian Classic: Perhaps the most pernicious sins are those that make us feel virtuous....

2009-04-27

What exactly did he mean when Heber C. Kimball made this extraordinary invitation: "I have said often, you may write blessings ...

2009-04-27

Even career sinners-liars, sorcerers, adulterers, and whoremongers-will ultimately be placed in a degree of glory that surpasse...

2009-04-27

It seems to me that God has delivered challenges to my faith in carefully timed and measured increments. He provides a carefull...

2009-04-27

What kind of craftsman is God? Does He patch together rough hewn elements and try to hide His mistakes? Or is He the master Cra...

2009-04-27

The very concept of loving our enemies is so unreasonable that any sensible person knows it is only possible when we have the m...

2009-04-27

The reigning paradigm about how to have a good marriage may be utterly and completely wrong!...

2009-04-27

Joy is the sign of God's presence. It is the reliable indicator that He is a part of what we are thinking, doing, or being. Thu...

2009-04-27

It is human nature to look for the Magic Formula. Most of us are on the prowl for something that will change everything, making...

2009-04-27

Would it really be better for a person to come home in a pine box than to come home unclean?...

2009-04-27

Driving is a magnificent test of our Christian character. We are generally quite anonymous, we have lots of power, and we are f...

2009-04-27

Inadvertently, the young bishop closed off the channels of communication. He was suckered into a debate about the merits of a w...

2009-04-27

Honesty is tricky business. It can be either good or bad. Sometimes we do the bad kind of honesty and call it good. That is ver...

2009-04-27

We all have different personalities. Each personality type has its characteristic strengths and vulnerabilities. Is there one p...

2009-04-27

The single best source for guidance of our lives is from heaven - whether delivered by scripture, priesthood messengers, or the...

2009-04-27

We all know the story. The story of the babe of Bethlehem and the man of Nazareth is engraved on our souls. Yet, if we are not ...

2009-04-27

As we study and test the doctrines, we begin to get a sneaking suspicion that it might all be true. We could continue to test e...

2009-04-27

As a society, we celebrate competence. We give awards for excellence. We prize innovation. We worship individual accomplishment...

2009-04-27

It seems that the favorites of heaven have often been modest, broken-down folks just trying to get along. Jesus puts them among...

2009-04-27

God is not randomly throwing handfuls of candy from the Heavens. I think He very carefully sends precisely the message that is ...

2009-04-27

Why are we obsessed with celebrities? Do we take comfort in seeing famous people act even crazier than we do? Or do we worry th...

2009-04-27

There is a direct proportion between nearness to God and compassion for perishing souls. As we get closer to God, we will have ...

2009-04-27

For those who aspire to change themselves, there is a better option than searching for the newest discovery in the self-help ai...

2009-04-27

The days when you go to bed feeling peaceful are often the days that were packed with surprises, where very little went accordi...

2009-04-27

Doing good does not guarantee a life of contentment and fulfilled dreams. We may be blessed for our efforts with the gift of se...

2009-04-27

There is hardly any blessing that we humans cannot easily turn into a cursing. Our natural minds make us enemies to God and gra...

2009-04-27

Jesus is a mystery. How do we explain His reckless disregard for decorum? How do we make sense of His dispensing goodness to pe...

2009-04-27

If you have loved ones on the other side of the veil, you don't have to miss them. You can invite them over for a visit....

2009-04-27

A vision of each other's best moments is exactly what we should cherish, remember, and celebrate. We should not allow the momen...

2009-04-27

If we are going to test Joseph Smith - or any other professed messenger for God - why not test him with key doctrines? If he is...

2009-04-27

"A jovial, lively person, and a beautiful man." I like that. No! I love that! God is the cheeriest person in the Universe!...

2009-04-27

The fact that liars, sorcerers, adulterers, and whoremongers will be allowed to pay for their sins and receive a degree of joyo...

2009-04-27

For some people, trusting God is as natural as eating. It seems to be written in their natures. For others, it is difficult. Ye...

2009-04-27

I grew up with three remarkable grandparents, but one grandmother died when I was a baby. I yearned to know her....

2009-04-27

God is determined to give us as much education as we are prepared to receive. We can drop the courses that frighten us in order...

2009-04-27

Jesus should be the God of the American people, but I don't think that compulsion is the right method. I believe that Jesus wou...

2009-04-27

We all eat stew from life's general pot. Yet some are stunted while others flourish. Why is it that some extract nourishment fo...

2009-04-27

How can we prepare for, value, and memorialize His messages? How can we make Him a more welcome and regular Guest?...

2009-04-27

Big houses don't seem so important when we cherish the things that matter most. Coveting is subdued by love....

2009-04-27

No matter what kind of parent you are, you can find a parenting book that will help you do your job more effectively....

2009-04-27

Children learn just what combination of whining and demanding will get them what they want. And many parents learn to be endles...

2009-04-27

Many parents appreciate the no-nonsense approach to managing children given by one national columnist, but it provides quick so...

2009-04-27

We are often not very gracious with each other. Even in our more objective moods we assess, judge, measure, evaluate and thereb...

2009-04-27

My reading of scripture and my experience in life converge to convince me that I am unwise to put my trust in the arm of flesh....

2009-04-27

What is real? Is the real found most truly in the gritty, sharp-edged, crushing experience of life? Or can we "get real" if we ...

2009-04-27

The poor are, as much as anything, our rendezvous with Jesus....

2009-04-27

Do you want a stiff jolt of joy? Sit down and record those things for which you are grateful. After recording those that come e...

2009-04-27

The instinctive response to assaults on the self-esteem movement is commonly shock: "So, does God want us to hate ourselves?" N...

2009-04-27

When King Benjamin said "If ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants," was that a gl...

2009-04-27

I am amazed that more Latter-day Saints have not recognized the self-esteem movement as an effort by Satan to sell dark doctrin...

2009-04-27

It is easy to see our lives as random and uninhabitable as a house after a tornado, especially if we are not feeling close to t...

2009-04-27

Sometimes we accept the cultural myths without examining them. Sometimes we teach them without testing them.The truths that gui...

2009-04-27

There is one way we can get a true measure of each other. It is when we have the mind of Christ. When we are filled with Him, w...

2009-04-27

Is it possible that the final test for entrance into God's kingdom is that we are gracious in the same spirit in which He is?...

2009-04-27

When God sends opportunity to us, what is our attitude? Do we demand proof that it is from God? Do we give grudgingly, reluctan...

2009-04-27

We've heard much about overcoming the natural man. Is it truly possible? Or just an elusive goal?...

2009-04-27

Cultivating spiritual sensitivity is a life-long process. How do we distinguish between promptings from God and false feelings ...

2009-04-27

Heavenly beings, eternal truths, and scenes from the history of this world are more available to us than we ever supposed....

2009-04-27

Is nature set up to conspire against us? Or is there some meaning and purpose to it all?...

2009-04-27

God has set us up for success and given us a method whereby we may prove Him. Come and test His doctrine for its truthfulness....

2009-04-27

Is it really possible to move forward in the gospel when you just cannot seem to overcome a particular sin?...

2009-04-27

God designed marriage to help us grow spiritually. Too often we focus on our discontent in marriage and ignore the greater path...

2009-04-27

Parenting is many things, none of which is easy. We can, however, tap into holier sources that will give us the tools and abili...

2009-04-27

Life and the gospel is filled with paradoxes. We must lose ourselves in order to find ourselves. By submitting we become strong...

2009-04-27

If we were to create a caricature of the typical American commencement address, it would entail Famous Person X coming to say t...

2009-04-27

Sincere mortals have one central challenge in mortality, figuring out what to do with our persistent badness. We strive to be g...

2009-04-27

A bright, sensitive young man told me about his recent battle with his brother. Harsh word and threats were traded. The young m...

2009-04-27

There is nothing quite so helpful for mortals as total desperation. As long as there is even a sliver of hope that our efforts ...

2009-04-27

If obedience and consecration are turning our wills and lives over to God, then maybe faith is turning our minds over to Him. I...

2009-04-27

Where do we find God? At the end of our journey-or somewhere along the way?...

2009-04-27

For each of us, God stands ready to part the Red Sea. Yet all we can think of is tired feet and endless tracts of wilderness. G...

2009-04-27

As emotional intelligence became a national craze, authors rose to the challenge. Bundles of books rolled off the presses promi...

2009-04-27

I wonder if God would endorse a re-write for the latter-day frontiersmen: "The possibilities are many and the gates are varied....

2009-04-27

We need to set aside our unbalanced human perceptions and try to see the state of the world from the heavenly perspective....

2009-04-27

Our natural way of thinking makes us enemies to God....

2009-04-27

Humans have a tendency to categorize. We all sort people into categories based on whether they meet the qualifications that we ...

2009-04-27

The command to love as He loves must have special application (and particular challenges) in marriage....

2009-04-27

Recently a beloved missionary called to ask us a troubled question. "Why am I so weak and imperfect? All the people love Sister...

2009-04-27

All ideas on parenting are not created equal, and some "good ideas" may not be so good as others....

2009-04-27

Many decisions are difficult because we are trying to justify a choice beneath our highest standards....

2009-04-27

We mortals are so immersed in time that we rarely glimpse timelessness-let alone eternity....

2009-04-27

To make better family life, we should fill ourselves with the doctrine of the atonement....

2009-04-27

The people in our congregations with the biggest challenges may be our greatest blessings. They are a constant reminder to us t...

2009-04-27

We gingerly pick our way through life's options trying to minimize our distress and maximize our enjoyment. Yet very few people...

2009-04-27

It is hard to imagine Jesus nagging the apostles: "You guys need to get out there and spread the word. My ministry is half over...

2009-04-27

"I can't tell her about my trouble. Even if I begged her not to tell, I know she would tell everyone she talked to. And the sto...

2009-04-27

Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my...

2009-04-27

Sometimes the latter-days look very bleak. Crime and ugliness are rampant. Iniquity abounds and love has waxed cold, just as pr...

2009-04-27

In mortality we commonly feel on the outside of everything that is important. We feel like foreigners and second-class citizens...

2009-04-27

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to c...

2009-04-27

Most of the questions I get from parents have the general form, "How can I get my child to do what I want him/her to do-especia...

2009-04-27

Only a few years ago my dad taught me another interpretation of that well known scripture. "Notice that the scripture says that...

2009-04-27

How do we keep our strengths from becoming a stumblingblock?...

2009-04-27

Our very best loving and teaching is none too good for God's children. In all things our teaching should point them to their et...

2009-04-27

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for swee...

2009-04-27

It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is fou...

2009-04-27

When I get that new car, I'll be happy. When I graduate, we will have more time. When the student loans are paid, life will be ...

2009-04-27

Maybe God was not evaluating my service as a branch president based on the total mass of my suffering....

2009-04-27

Surprisingly, research has demonstrated that the most realistic people are the most miserable and depressed. Apparently Pollyan...

2009-04-27

The great danger for humans is that we will walk by the light of our own understanding....

2009-04-27

"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."...

2009-04-27

And they had all things common among them; therefore there were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, ...

2009-04-27

Under the banner of honesty, anger has been made into a virtue. Under the banner of psychological well-being, the expression of...

2009-04-27

It's not about fixing ourselves, but being renewed by Him....

2009-04-27

The Balm of Gilead is closer than you might think....

2009-04-27

Perhaps the most pernicious sins are those that make us feel virtuous....

2009-04-27

It is hard for most of us to know what a broken heart and a contrite spirit looks like. Are we to be dejected and downcast? Are...

2009-04-27

The Lord is always turning toward us whether we turn toward Him, turn away from Him, or turn against Him....

2009-04-27

An inspired priesthood leader will seek to discern and verify that two messages are understood and felt by one hoping to repent...

2009-04-27

Our love and appreciation for Jesus will provide the most expansive and durable experiences of joy, not the achievements and re...

2009-04-27

I believe that we each had an interview with Father before leaving our heavenly home and coming to earth....

2009-04-27

xing people is really God's prerogative. Our job is to bless them....

2009-04-26

A man asked a question in our high priest group meeting: “We believe in helping people. We helped the Jones family when their...

2009-04-25

Might we consider a backstory that might help us understand what might have brought a broken woman to Jesus to be made whole?...

2009-04-24

Powerful romantic attractions are intended to get us together. But those strong feelings were never intended to make our decisi...

2009-04-23

"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened."...


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