Newsletters: A Sign of the True Church

Yesterday, in Bishopric meeting, we were presented with the Young Women’s Newsletter, put together by our recently re-vamped Young Women’s Presidency.

It was cute, informational, highlighted the girls and their upcoming activities, and I’m sure made everyone smile who saw it that day.

Yes, friends, a newsletter is definitely a sign of the true church.

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Sock Drawer

paul-smith-socks-784860Last night, my wife was giving me a hard time about putting away the laundry.

You see, I don’t mind starting a load, or moving the laundry from the washer to the dryer, or even helping to fold the laundry, but for some reason, ever since I’ve been married, I can’t put laundry away in the drawers.

After a few minutes of guilting me into it, she throws me a pile of clothes that go in my drawers, messing up the folding job.

I pointed out to her that she completely wasted her time folding them if she was just going to throw them at me and mess them up, to which she responds: “it doesn’t matter, you’ll just throw them in the drawers anyway.”

Au contraire!

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Could it really be Wednesday?

Labor day just screws everything up.

Here it is Wednesday, and I feel like it’s barely Monday.  I’m just started to get going on the many things I need to do this week (blogging being one of them), and soon the week will be over.

So, this post is going to be a mish-mash, catch-you-up.  Sorry if it’s a little underdeveloped and hit-and-miss – it’s what you’re getting, so you’d better just be grateful!

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Addiction and War

Say what you want about NPR.  You can say it’s a bunch of liberal yuppies or people who just liked their English teachers too much, but the quality of their news and editorial choice is just beyond anything else out there.

Take this story for example.  It’s not news, per se.  It doesn’t chronical an event or inform the audience what’s going on, but it’s important information which adds depth and color to the stories coming out of Afghanistan.  It reminds us that we are not just lackadaisical observers of the world, we are participants in it, and it affects us and our human relationships.  It makes the war a little less foreign and sterile.

Kudos to you, NPR, for having the bravery to not pander to the nauseatingly regurgitated copy of the cable news and bringing us fresh, human insights into the human side of the news.

This story is of a man who pays the price of his addiction over and over again.

Listen to Richard Farrell read his essay below.  It’s three minutes of your life you won’t regret.