Trump’s Values are Not Utah Values

I honestly didn’t expect that the Trump campaign would just lie down and ignore Utah.  It’s actually a little refreshing to see that the candidates (from all parties) feel a need to campaign in Utah. I hope that it doesn’t turn dirty in Utah, like I believe that it does in other states.  And so far it hasn’t been too bad.  However, when It gets closer to November, I am afraid that will change. However, I am a little shocked to see some of the names on a recent endorsement for Mr. Trump. It tells me that these men are

Let Correct Principles, not Emotion, Govern Your Actions

Sometimes in life you meet people who change your life. Sometimes it is because of the actions of that person, sometimes it is because of something they teach you, and at other times it is because of the example they set.  It is rare in my opinion that you meet someone who influences you for the positive in all three. I know such a man.  He is the man who is serving as Stake President in our area (for the few readers who don’t know what a Stake Presiedent is; He is the religious leader of roughly 8-9 separate congregations

Establish a House

A talk I gave in our Sacrament Meeting on March 18, 2012. In His infinite wisdom, our Father in Heaven sent each of us here to earth to live in families. The idea of a family was no mistake. It wasn’t just some random set of coincidences that led man into families. Since the beginning of man, Adam and Eve lived in a family. Their children were married and had families of their own. The House of Israel is a family. Lehi left Jerusalem and sailed to the Promised Land with his family. Even Jesus Christ was born into a

The Case Against Term Limits

Lately, I have been pondering the issue of what can we do to keep our representatives in check, while giving them the constitutional powers that were granted to them.  This is part one of the three part series on controlling the power of our representatives. In the past couple of months, I have heard two prominent individuals argue that the solution to our overpowering government is term limits.  Both of these people used slightly different reasons for term limits, but the argument was essentially the same. For convenience sake, I am going to quote Glenn Beck’s argument in “Glenn Beck’s

Why I am not a Libertarian?

There are more than one reason why I am not a Libertarian, however, today, I am going to discuss just one of them.  In the future I may or may not post more reasons, but this one is in the front of my mind right now. Because of my political leanings I read several Libertarian blogs and I find myself agreeing with them on many, but not all issues.  I also read liberal blogs, but only those that actually have something to contribute to the conversation, and that usually isn’t much. As I have read the several Libertarian blogs, I

We’re Debt Free!

Two and a half years ago, my wife and I moved into our new home. After that move, we had one goal. That was to get rid of our consumer debt. We started out by paying $700 extra on the one consumer loan that we had. It was a student loan that totalled somewhere near $32,000. Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either. Somehow, I managed to ignore the fact that I was that deep in debt. I also started this process by reading Dave Ramsey‘s book “The Total Money Makeover.” While reading it I felt pretty good. I had not