Lola at Beaver Lake

Today after church we made Kraft Dinner with hot dog slices, and chocolate milk (not your healthiest meal but still an occasional favorite). Then the children and I left for the great outdoors. Lola was all dressed up in a cute fall outfit including a pink hat, dress tights and adorable coat and shoes. We went to Beaver Lake for the first time, and boy was it gorgeous with the fall colors, ivy and huge yellow and orange maple leafs scattered eveywhere. Some remote controlled sailboat hobbyists were racing their boats on the lake. I found this fascinating to watch, as I always wanted a remote controlled boat as a kid, but it was always an impractical thing to give a boy in December. Lola really wanted to just run to the beach and get dirty. I held her off and we...

A nice Saturday

I feel like I’m expending a fair amount of mental energy these days, and really just loving a day to decompress with my wife and children without interruption or concern. Today was one of those days. I woke up and read some of Steve Jobs biography and then did some pumpkin carving research. I read up on techniques and downloaded some templates I knew the kids would love—Angry Birds, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, Yugi Oh. Daria bought pumpkins and carving instruments earlier in the week so we set up and carved away. Dylan carved a Legend of Zelda Triforce pumpkin design and Daria and I helped Brigs and Noah. It was funny coaxing them into pulling the seeds and goo out as they really don’t get their hands dirty all too often. But they dug right in and did...

A Brightness of Hope

Nephi said: Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life. His words are words to live by, and landed among my favorites some 14 years ago. They serve me in every season of life, in the ups and downs, and most importantly dampen the downs and magnify the highs. Recently we experienced a miscarriage, the loss of a little dream we thought we were building; and yet there is still a brightness of hope. There is much to love, look forward to and feast upon. We have felt the love of God and of all men in this time, and we thank you...

Nephi is Amazing

The first chapters of the Book of Mormon are truly a treasure, even despite having read them dozens of times in the past. What is so refreshing is how stimulating the Book of Nephi really is. I find as I read the verses they are so rich. It is interesting to me how in summarizing the Book of Nephi we tend to focus on the migration of Lehi’s family rather then on the intensely spiritual and family-centric nature of the book. In fact, the whole Book of Mormon gives a far more relationship oriented approach to scripture then the majority of all other canons of scripture. And yet the doctrine is all there to be had wide out in the open. As to it’s authenticity, I think the first four chapters of Nephi are among the most compelling. Certainly I would also...

Outstanding Counsel

Sage advice on choosing between good, better and best in your life. We should begin by recognizing the reality that just because something is good is not a sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives. As we consider various choices, we should remember that it is not enough that something is good. Other choices are better, and still others are best. Even though a particular choice is more costly, its far greater value may make it the best choice of all. Consider how we use our time in the choices we make in viewing television, playing video games, surfing the Internet, or reading...

Father’s Day 2007

Being a Dad is one of the choice roles in my life. When I think of the learning, the feelings, the love, the happiness, the growing, the nurturing, the fulfillment, pride and satisfaction that come from this mantle I am in awe. The film Together Forever (1988) helped me understand as a teenager why this is so. One of the characters comes to the realization that if God gets his happiness from His role as our Father then that is precisely where our happiness should come from. That truth has always stuck with me. Now as a father of four, I feel that truth reinforced daily. I also feel such a bond with my own father that adds to my life evidence of this principle. My own father’s day was filled with a scrumptious breakfast and gifts. Though what I will...

Always Exceptional

This morning I watched prophets and apostles from the comfort of my living room. That statement is an absolute marvel! I feel so fortunate to live in a day and age where God’s representatives speak. In a world full of so many voices, it is nothing short of a miracle in my life to hear these men and women speak within the walls of my own home. This morning I found their words so relevant to our life and times. Each time I attend this worldwide conference, whether in person or at home I inevitably get this feeling/thought: “I wish this person where here.” Where this person is someone I love and know that hearing these messages would have an impact. Today those people are my family out in B.C., my persian friends in Saskatchewan, and a new friend...

In Thanks, In Faith

I had the opportunity to give two blessings this past week, one a blessing of peace and counsel the other a blessing to heal. I’m in awe of the beauty of priesthood power and its attending peace. It’s sacredness feels at once equal with nature, and yet more. As some of you may know my sweetheart has struggled with health as long as I have known her. Her struggle has become my struggle, as it should, however I have found my faith tested in her illness as we have searched for answers for her ailments. Interestingly, I was discussing this with those present at the first blessing I mentioned. Not two days later Daria requested a blessing. I admire her faith so much, she said “I know if you give me a blessing my headache will go away.”...

Ever so Close in My Arms

This past week, as on other nights, I had the moment to reflect on my wonderful brood of boys. The last of the Muirhead boy birthdays past this week (excepting myself), with Noah turning one on Friday. The last few nights I’ve been able to hold Noah until he fell asleep in my arms and peacefully observe his gentle baby breaths. As I enjoyed him, it conjured up other nights with other sweet breaths of my little children. I have a very sweet set of boys, still full of affection. My heart stirs each time Joshua insists on a hug and a kiss before I leave for the door. My reentry nearly always starts with the running of Brigs into my arms, his eyes abright with expression and his valiant smile in tow. Dylan always brings news of his latest accomplishments, and...

LDS Voices

There is a great podcast available via the iTunes music store entitled LDS voices. This blog/podcast provides a new audio talk from the best of LDS speakers over the past century. There is a new talk each day to help keep your gospel knowledge, testimony and interest sharp and bright. Best of all once you subscribe (for free, of course) a new talk arrives each day in your iTunes Podcast Library or any other RSS podcast aggregator (try iPodder, iPodder X for example). We listened to two talks this afternoon by John Bytheway, and another from President Gordon B. Hinckley. Brother Bytheway’s talk on The Best 3 Hours of the Week was inspiring, and insightful. President Hinckley’s talk was addressed to the young women of our day and beautiful and simple in...