It is discouraging to see many Mormons in our day and age following some fundamentalist creedal Christians in taking an anti-science stance relating to organic evolution or other matters in which fundamentalist creedal Christians, based on their own unnecessary inferences from the Bible, have chosen to see faith at war with science. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »
PRELIMINARY NOTE: The following is based on my personal experiences and opinion of what President Boyd K. Packer’s talk entitled “The Mantle is Far, Far Greater Than The Intellect,” originally given on August 22, 1981, at a religious educator’s symposium at BYU. Please keep that context in mind. Read the rest of this entry »
What is it? What is success? I recently had a discussion about this with someone and was just curious to know what various people think about the term “success”. How do you know when you are “successful”? When you have “made it”?
One of BYU’s best-kept secrets, the Foreign Language Student Residence (FLSR), is having an alumni reunion on Friday, October 20, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. Ben Spackman’s sister Erin Spackman Rushforth and her husband Michael are the chapter chairs and have organized this reunion, which we are all eagerly anticipating.
It is difficult to describe just how much the FLSR enriched the BYU experience for most who lived there. In my own family, I lived in the German and Spanish houses (1995 – 1998), my sister lived in the Spanish house (1998), and my brother lived in the Japanese house (2000). My wife lived in the French house (1996 – 1998), and her brother lived in the German house (1994 – 1995). My wife also has several cousins who lived in various houses, including French, Italian, German, and Arabic. We know literally dozens of people, including many in our own families, who met their spouses while living there. We have many continuing friendships from that experience, including the Bloggernacle’s own J. Max Wilson and Ben Spackman, among many others. It is a truly unique experience and one that I highly recommend to any lucky enough to have BYU on their horizons, or are currently attending.
We hope any alumni out there will decide to show up at the reunion on Friday!