Farewell President Hinckley

January 28, 2008

It was with a heavy heart this morning that we learned the news of President Hinckley’s death last night.

When President Hinckley became President of the Church on March 12, 1995, I didn’t know much about him. His face was, of course, already a fixture in Church leadership, as familiar as any other that I could remember at that time because of his central function in Church leadership during the presidencies of Spencer W. Kimball, Ezra Taft Benson, and Howard W. Hunter. He became President of the Church only a few months before I entered the MTC for my mission to Berlin. I didn’t think too much about it, although by then his voice at General Conference was already as a balm in Gilead to me in the way that it conveyed the message of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the marvelous work and wonder of the Restored Gospel. But it was while seated at a General Conference in the Tiergarten stake center in West Berlin when President Hinckley gave his electrifying and forceful rebuke of spouse or child abusers in the Church that I realized my gratitude for him and how lucky I would be to receive his counsel as the Lord’s mouthpiece for however long the Lord would prolong his days in his office of the Presidency. I’ll never forget that meeting, nor many others in which he taught the truths of the Restored Gospel in magnification of his weighty calling.

Do you speak ‘Nacle-ese?

January 24, 2008

AFAIK all of us, including TBMs, NOMs, DAMUites, FLAKers, Exmos, Nevermos, and even Nomos who post in and around the Bnacle and in the DAMU are forming our own language. Read the rest of this entry »

BYU-Idaho and Graduate School

January 18, 2008

After serving an LDS mission to Germany, I graduated from Ricks College with an associates degree in German in 1997. At the time, as most of you know, Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho (“BYU-I”) did not offer four year degrees, so I transferred to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to complete my undergraduate degree, which I did in 1999. From there, of course, I attended several graduate schools. Read the rest of this entry »

The LDS Conspiracy Fails Again!

January 15, 2008

Of course you all know which conspiracy I mean, right? The conspiracy of “the Brethren” to promulgate to the world and to the membership of the LDS Church “obfuscation, evasion, and half-truths,” (as my friend Equality would put it), regarding certain historical events in the lives of Joseph Smith and others. Well, this week it failed, again!

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BOMB: Returning To The Tents Of Our Fathers

January 12, 2008

“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, returned from speaking with the Lord, to the tent of my father.” (1 Nephi 3:1)

This short, oft-overlooked little verse in 1 Nephi 3 speaks volumes regarding Nephi’s character, and teaches us how we, like Nephi, should return from sacred experiences peering into the Heavenly realm back into the often lone and dreary wilderness of this world. (and see also 1 Nephi 15:1)

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Thought by Thought

January 10, 2008

Since he has been commenting on ABEV lately, I wanted to take a moment to introduce my brother, Adam F. (profile top row, right side as you look at it.) Yes, there is another brother, believe it or not. In fact, there are three other brothers and a sister! Before you know it, the bloggernacle will be full of Fowles!

Adam has a EE from Utah State, and is currently working on a joint MSEE/MBA at Utah State. He and his fiancee, Eve (no joke, pictured below) are getting married in May. They will be passing out fruit in their wedding line…

Adam and Eve

Adam has some very good thoughts going on over at his blog, “Thought by Thought“. Go on over and take a look!

Pachelbel Bedtime

January 10, 2008

This youtube creation made me laugh, and touched me in a deeper way. It reminded me that, although night can often be a hectic chore with little ones, I need to be treasuring this special time with the children God has entrusted me with while they are still young and tender. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Next?!?

January 9, 2008

With the exception of the last three years, I have been in school, in one form or another, for my entire life. As I look back over the twelve years since I returned home from my LDS Mission to Leipzig, Germany, they are full of personal growth and accomplishment. During the last ten years, I have (1) learned and taught German; (2) studied Yiddish; (3) learned (some) French; (4) attended (and graduated from) Universities in Idaho, Utah, England, and Michigan– some more than once!; (5) chosen and begun a career that I generally enjoy; (6) helped bring four wonderful children to our family; and (7) obtained a more sure testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ than I ever believed possible (in spite of nagging doubts that always tempt the mortal mind). The last ten years have seen personal growth on a scale that I never imagined possible prior to my mission. Read the rest of this entry »

The Devil Made Me Do It!

January 9, 2008

From the beginning of time, this and similar excuses from personal accountability have slipped from the lips of God’s children. And from the beginning of time, the truth regarding the agency and accountability of mankind has been taught to God’s children by the Lord, angels, and God’s servants on earth.

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