What does it mean to be perfect? Does perfection require conformity? Do you sacrifice individuality in the pursuit of perfection? Is perfection the same as being flawless or otherwise without mistakes? Can you be perfect and flawed as long as those flaws are perfect imperfections? Is God perfect in the same way that we are […]Read more "Perfect Imperfections?"
1 July 2016-31 July 2016 Welcome to another installment of Flash Reviews, where I share brief snapshot reviews of the movies I’ve watched, books I’ve read and occasional other entertainment I’ve consumed since the last time I did this. Usually once every two months or so. WARNING: Spoilers lie ahead, so just watch out. Not […]Read more "Flash Reviews, Pt. 12: July!"
Today is Harry Potter’s birthday. I think it’s safe to say that my life (and the lives of many of my fellow millennials) would not be the same without Harry Potter. There’s a magic to the stories that is transformative and transportive—I have been transformed by the stories and they transported me to new worlds. […]Read more "Be the Magic: Happy Birthday Harry"
We’re in the midst of election season and officially have nominees from the two major parties (and two third party candidates that seem to be decently present in the public consciousness). I am among those frustrated with and not pleased with either Trump or Clinton. There’s a lot of talk about voting third-party being a […]Read more "Ethics of Choice: Thoughts on Voting"
NOTE: Adapted from my notes for a talk I delivered 17 July 2016 in the Provo YSA 101st Ward. I have attempted to recreate more or less what I shared, with some additional material that I didn’t get to. I spoke a couple of months ago, so I guess that means it was either […]Read more "YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT…"
Wisdom from one of the greatest films ever made: “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” I’ve quoted this for as long as I can remember, mostly tongue-in-cheek, though this past week (and year, really) the quote’s taken on new significance. There’s a truth there that I think is worth internalizing […]Read more "Life is Pain"
Dedicated to Stuart Hilton Note: Funeral services for Stuart Hilton were held on Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m. “Life doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints, it takes and it takes and it takes…” That’s life right now. Another cousin is gone, taken far before his time, only 6 months after Dallin died. A day dedicated […]Read more "One More Star in the Sky"