Monthly Archives: May 2015

“I am as common as dirt” – Thanks Elder Perry

When I heard of the passing of Elder L. Tom Perry on Saturday afternoon I instantly thought of some sound principles the man lived by. They were brought to my attention when I read his biography over a year ago (See: L. Tom Perry: An Uncommon Life—Year of Preparation; written by his son Lee).

Using his son’s words I share the following principles. My father has a talent for deflecting compliments and rarely allows praise to inflate his perception of himself. He is also someone who lives in the present, and he seldom dwells on previous accomplishments. This presented a formidable challenge for me as his biographer. On the rare occasions when he reflects on his uncommon life, he does not cast himself as the central character in the story he tells. It is usually someone else who receives the credit or plays the hero. And when pushed about his role, he dismisses its significance. He’ll shake his head, smile, and even laugh at the thought that perhaps he’s not attaching sufficient significance to his role. Then he’ll often say, ‘I am as common as dirt’ (pgs. 2–3). Continue reading

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Climate Change and Change of Heart

Note: The beautiful picture of the hen gathering her chicks is from Liz Lemon Swindle. 

FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), under the direction of President Obama’s administration is inviting us to be prepared. “With climate change exacerbating many of these threats, preparedness is more important than ever… Droughts and wildfires are becoming more frequent and severe in some regions of the country. And climate-related impacts, like rising sea levels, increasingly powerful storms, and heavier downpours are contributing to an increased risk of flooding.”

I do believe FEMA’s “grassroots campaign” called “America’s PrepareAthon!” is needed. I hope the goal to “increase community preparedness and resilience” to meet disasters and destruction staring us down is achieved. Preparation is essential. But why are the forces of nature more frequent and severe? Jesus Christ foretold that in the last days there would be violent storms, famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes (see Matthew 24:7). Why? Have you ever asked yourself why? Continue reading

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