A Book of Mormon Update

Well it was inevitable, I fell behind on my Book of Mormon Hinckley Challenge. If you look a few posts ago there is a chart that updates my progress as it is entered (in case your keeping tabs). But today I got back on the bandwagon and read about 18 pages or so. My page average to finish within the 93 days has now been increased to 7.5 or so from a 5 page average. I ended up finishing 2 Nephi 9 today. To me this chapter is in the top five discourses of scriptural discourse of all time. I challenge you to read it immediately after reading this post! It’s explanation of the plan of salvation, commandments, sin, redemption, consequences of sin, the need for a redeemer, how the Holy One of Israel saved us from a first and second death, the mention of robes of...

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...

Bjorn vs. Kindle

The Kindle is a new electronic book reader from online book purveyor Amazon. It offers the ability to wirelessly download, read, and store dozens of books and is about paperbook size. Most of my reading is currently online, in a dental journal or text, or in my daily newspaper. At this point I don’t see a Kindle in my future. However, if I were planning an extended vacation and wanted to save precious packing space—maybe. If I was a daily public transportation user I think I would have clicked buy-it-now yesterday (if it were available in Canada). I wonder if a die-hard reader like my brother-in-law would be able to switch from paper to screen. Prediction: Highly unlikely. I suspect Bjorn enjoys the romance of page-turning and looking back at the...

The Success Principles

I’m reading an amazing book by Jack Canfield, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. The book has had an effect on me that feels more permanent then other books I have read in the same category. It also arrives at a time when I am in transition professionally. I am the target audience. Daria and I both purchased copies so we could read it together and not wait or share the book. It has already ingrained in my life some mentalities and habits that I feel lasting. What I like about the book is it’s building nature, it’s clearly stated principles illustrated by relevant stories and embellished by great quotes. I also am amazed at how it seems to tap in on a conscious, subconscious and emotional level that I find so reinforcing. Expect...

The Real Simple Life

I actually bought a magazine this week. Newstand price even, which I can’t stand, but I’m completely addicted to the dream of having my life as organized as my purchase—magazine Real Simple. A special issue written with young families in mind, nearly every page, ad, article and feature held my interest while I stood captive in the grocery checkout lane (the only reason National Enquirer actually sells). Seriously, did they consult my wife about everything I’d like to change or improve at home? We’ve already implemented about 3 of the ideas from the magazine. One idea was having pre-made snack trays stocked with veggies, crackers, cheese and dip ready to go in the fridge. Really simple, but really great idea that even the kids love...

Reverence & Meditation

We had a discussion in our priesthood quorum today on Elements of Worship from The Teachings of David O. McKay. One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is the opportunity of introspection and contemplation it affords. Clearly much of that introspection never graces these pages but believe you me it is happening! Here are a few of President McKay’s thoughts on Reverence: Inseparable from the acceptance of the existence of God is an attitude of reverence, to which I wish now to call attention most earnestly to the entire Church. The greatest manifestation of spirituality is reverence; indeed, reverence is spirituality. Reverence is profound respect mingled with love. It is �a complex emotion made up of mingled feelings of the soul.�Reverence embraces...

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

I’ve found my next book of fiction to read. It’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom and what I watched on ABC tonight. I was so intrigued by the title, and the t.v. movie didn’t disappoint with a good performance by Jon Voight. It was one of those movies that grabs you with a sense of wonder and leaves you time to contemplate while you watch. I’m always drawn to these types of films because they actually mean something 10 minutes after the movie. I was touched and emotional at many points in the show. Daria and I held hands in the movie, which we often do in powerful moments in our lives. It’s a silent communication that says: I’m so glad I’m experiencing this with you, I love you, I need you, and more...

Ever discover your mother was right?

Sure. I’ll admit it my mom was right about a lot of things. And now that I am raising my own children in my own marriage I can’t help but think about what was done in my parent’s home and now in mine. I’m sure all of us have picked at our childhood and said “I liked that” or “Never Ever will I ever (fill in the blank).” More recently, I have found many of those defining events at the Grandparents house where a parenting moment arrives. Sometimes these moments go by without hesitation on my part with total disregard for what anyone anywhere might think and mostly because I’m unaware or oblivious to observation. But other times I find myself assuming (a dangerous pasttime…I know) what those around might...

I read something neat last night

I’m trying to devote a little bit of time to “self-improvement” so I picked up a book I loved but never quite finished. The book is called Spiritual Roots of Human Relationships and I love the style of writing employed by the author. He uses smart straightfoward thoughts to build up beautiful undeniable principles assisted by analogy and solid wisdom. An excerpt from the book: When Borrowing Strength Builds Weakness In addition to parents, many employers, leaders, teachers, and others in position of authority may be competent, knowledgeable, and skillful (at day six) but are emotionally and spiritually immature (at day two). They too may attempt to compensate for the deficiency, or gap, by borrowing their entire strength from their positions or...