LDS Lamp Lighter

Snippets of light…post to post…from my thoughts…to yours.

On Finding that Special Someone

Long ago…but not too long ago, a lovely young friend of mine asked me why she was failing to find that “special someone”…especially after dealing with the pains, insecurities, and … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Twist in the Armor

I had a wonderful forehead-slap moment today.  I learned something new…something I had not considered before.   A different perspective.  A deeper meaning. It was, like, wow. It was about … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

To be Totally Committed…

I just read this passage earlier today, and a few thoughts entered my mind: “The ability to stand by one’s principles, to live with integrity and faith according to one’s … Continue reading

October 9, 2016 · 3 Comments

How to Live Free

This land of America has many names.  To many who live here and love it, it’s affectionately named as the “Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave”.  To … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

Actions don’t speak louder than words

It’s been said that “Actions speak louder than Words.”  However,  Actions…alone…do not provide the entire picture either. Actions…alone…cannot speak louder than Words. An Example There are times when parents are asked, … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Will you vote?

57 more days until election day. Will you vote? No, the question isn’t “Who will you vote for?”  either. I get the feeling that there are many Americans out there … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Remember…Who You Are

“I don’t know who I am.” “I don’t know what to do.” “I’m not sure of what I’m supposed to be.” “I’m not worth anything.  I’m a failure.” “No one … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · 1 Comment


I was rummaging through some of my old letters, and I came across one that brought a nostalgic chuckle.  This was a collection of conversations I had with a child … Continue reading

July 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Letter to Homesick Missionary

A friend of mine told me of her nephew who had returned home from his missionary term after one day of being gone.  He was too homesick, and it was … Continue reading

July 7, 2016 · 4 Comments

Not My Wheel…(Will?)

Buckle up. Turn the key. The ignition starts. Foot on the brake. Release the parking brake. Put the car on D for DRIVE. Check your mirrors. Hands at 10 and … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Baptism of Fire

I wasn’t quite 21 at the time (just a few weeks short), but I was the oldest one in the group of young 19 year old missionaries around me in … Continue reading

July 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

Tuning In

*Walkie-talkie clicks on* “Life is a highway I wanna rock it all night long! If you’re going my way…” …Sang (yelled) the boys in my vehicle as they surprise radioed … Continue reading

June 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Lord, Make me a Father

Lord, make me a father, The father I need to be. Help me be strong when I am weak. Help me be brave when I am afraid. Help me stand … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · 3 Comments


Our Heart Wants to do Longs to do Desires to do The Right Thing.   Our Mind Knows What to do What we Need to do What we Must do … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

First and Last

I’m last Not because I am weak But because I am strong enough To help those who are Falling behind. Leaders are strong enough To blaze the trails To try … Continue reading

June 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Move that Mountain (of Fat)…With Adele

Hellooow… It’s meeee…. I was wondering If we could meet To exercise Next week. Let’s go over… To the gym So I could flatten out this belly And I don’t … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

I Miss God

I’m gonna do a Go-Back in my Journal Time Machine….not too far back, though.  I was reading and reviewing a few things that I had written, and this entry reminded … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Party Lyin’s

I read this article today from the Daily Wire, and the following thoughts came to mind. Party Lyin’s Somebody lied.  Somebody cut a deal.  Been working on these lies for … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · 4 Comments


My Sanctuary Of Birth… My Cradle Of Growth… The first face Of a Smile That lasts through my Years. The Open Arms Of my First Steps. The kisses of Encouraging … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

What it means to Receive: In Marriage, and with God

My wife and I were doing some work in an LDS Temple a couple of weekends ago, and part of the ceremony we were involved in focused on the promises … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Invisible Wars

I had no idea Coming into work, my co-worker next to me asks, “So how was your weekend”, and I replied, “Fixed two mowers, a broken sprinkler valve, and chopped … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Life…and Death

It is said that “Faith without Works is Dead”. Yes… Faith…without Works to Demonstrate your Trust… Love…without Serving To Focus and Truly Care about the other person… Knowledge…without Understanding the … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Forty-flection: 40 Years in the Wilderness

This is another reflection on being 40.  Most Christians are familiar with the story of Moses leading the people of Israel out of Egypt.  (Thanks, Charlton Heston and the Ten … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Because of Him

I didn’t write this poem.  I don’t know who did…but to whoever did: Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you! I needed it.  And I love how it was portrayed.   … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Moment with the Savior

A few weeks ago, I had an interesting experience with the Savior. I was watching the following video at church while waiting to baptize my 8 year old daughter: From … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Presidential Elections: America’s Yoda Moment

“People are angry!” That’s what I hear over the Media airwaves.  Over.  And over.  Especially as it deals with the U.S. Republican Party and the “Trump vs. Cruz” debate.  At … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

They will do it! (Will they?)

“If I’m the President… They will do what I tell them.”   Putting the “Lipstick” of “President” On a Dictator…   …Who will force anyone To do anything he says … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

If you were a Tree, what kind would you be?

I was talking to my friend about interview questions to ask candidates for a job posting at work, and she brought up this “tree question” as part of the “other … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Problems We Face

Our trials may not be unique, but they are extremely personal. Sometimes we wonder about whether the trials we have are fair, or just, or that we deserve them.  Yes. … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Valentine Bug

They say Love hurts When Love bites, And Love’s dizzying When it takes you to heights. You feel different When you’re Love-sick, Bitten by the Love Bug: A silly Roman … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

How do you know that God exists?

Last week, a conversation with a friend at work turned towards her grand-kids, the state of a crumbling world, moral decay, and rising violence and troubles on every side.   … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Safest Place to Be

In a world that is full Of Trouble and Woe, Where Uncertainty and Fear Embrace what you Know, Where Deception reigns free And Common Sense runs slow, Where Love ‘s … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Perception is Everything

“Perception is everything” To the one deceiving you For he needs to ensure You think “It” is true. And once you believe it, The Bait has been bit And he’s … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Eyes for Miracles

It takes faith To Trust That a Miracle Will occur Before it even happens… For a Doubter’s eyes Expects to see it now But a Faither’s eyes Watches and waits … Continue reading

January 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Forty-flections: The Transition Generation

The following post represents one of my  Reflections in turning 40, otherwise known as “Forty-flections”.  I have likened this personal milestone to the biblical trek of the Israelites from Egypt … Continue reading

January 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

It’s Time

There comes a time When “I know” isn’t enough… When “I believe” won’t cut it… When “I’m not sure” will not hold you… When “I don’t care” will destroy you. … Continue reading

January 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Marks and Masters

There’s a lot of scary talk about the Mark of the Beast. There’s a lot of speculation, a lot of uncertainty.  Some say it’s an RFID chip that will be … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Forty-flections: What a Little Bird taught me about Abundance

The following post represents one of my  Reflections in turning 40, otherwise known as “Forty-flections”.  Some time ago, during lunchtime at work, I decided to eat my burger outside to … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Forty-flections: Bahala Na and My Everyday Manna

The following post represents one of my  Reflections in turning 40, otherwise known as “Forty-flections”.  Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 – Breakfast time. Finally!!! It felt so good to eat!  I … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Christ-More Tree

In the scriptures, there’s a particular tree of special significance.  It stands as a symbol…and you’d miss the symbolism just by thinking you already knew what it meant.   This tree … Continue reading

December 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Forty-flections: Learning to stand

This year, I turned the Big 4-0.  You know what that means?  That means I’m as old as how long the children of Israel were in the wilderness when they … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Family Portrait Humor

One of my co-workers has a silly sense of humor.  He loves my “whiteboard drawings” and loves to stand and comment on my drawings.  Lately, I’ve been drawing Minions on … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · 17 Comments

The Completeness of Forgiveness

At work, someone had this “bumper sticker” thought at the end of their email signature: The act of forgiveness takes place in our own mind.  It really has nothing to … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Th’ Trick ‘n Treat’n

This past Halloween was a different one for our children…a change in our tradition of “get all the candy you can and then binge on sweets for the next few … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Take time

In all your busy-ness, Take time out for the Lord and He’ll take time out for you and You’ll find that he gave you all of his time As you … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Burden of Proof

Some time ago, I read an article somewhere that was written by (what seemed to me was ) an academic explaining how the historical evidence for Jesus didn’t quite add … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · Leave a comment


“Do you trust me?” Four simple words.  One very big question mark!  Because it implies that Trust is lacking or isn’t established somewhere in the relationship in question. When Trust … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thoughts on the Priesthood: The Burden…is Light

I’ve been thinking about a scripture that’s been on my mind for some time, and I can’t shake it.  It’s in Matthew 11 where Christ invites us to take his … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Legal…and Good

When people legalize Immorality, legalize Infidelity and Illicitness, legalize Exploitation and Greed, legalize Retaliation and Revenge, legalize Laundering, Dishonesty, and Deception, legalize Temptation, legalize Laziness and Irresponsibility, and legalize all … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

“The Truth will Ouch”

Originally posted on Thoughts
I read this somewhere, some time ago, and somehow, its wit caught me off guard. It’s not an easy thing to be…

October 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Not In Vain

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. - Emily Dickinson

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