Is This My Will? Or God’s?

Religious and spiritual people often have difficulty deciphering between their personal desires and what God’s will is for them.  They feel frozen with fear about making the wrong choice.  This is particularly distressing with life-altering decisions:  Which career to pursue, whom to marry, what neighborhood to live in, or whether or not to have more children (just to name a few). Continue reading “Is This My Will? Or God’s?”


Two Tips For a More Meaningful Holiday Season (That The Retailers Might Hate)

Several years ago, I had a gut-wrenching experience Christmas shopping at the mall.  I noticed a deal of commotion across the corridor:  A woman was being caught shoplifting.  Continue reading “Two Tips For a More Meaningful Holiday Season (That The Retailers Might Hate)”

The 8 Best Ways to Help Your Junior Golfer: From a Swing Coach and Family Therapist


If you are wondering how to be most helpful for your junior golfer, here are some points to consider:

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A Tip for Dealing with a Diabolical Teen

Diabolical may be a little harsh.  Then again, after the fiery furnace of disregard for the rules, suspensions, and the absolute brink of patience teens can bring parents to… it may not be after all!  Continue reading “A Tip for Dealing with a Diabolical Teen”

#1 Advice From a Marriage Counselor

Be Yourself.  Let me be me—for that is all that I can be. 

Trust, I will be there when you need me.  I will hold to the same.

Let me be who I am; as I will, for you.

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The Problem With Beliefs

There’s an old fable, similar to the concept that C.S. Lewis presents in The Screwtape Letters, of a devil and his young apprentice.  They are monitoring a man whom they are in charge of tempting.  They observe him finding peace beneath a tree.  The apprentice anxiously pleads with the master devil stop this man from finding happiness.  The master, with quiet confidence replies:  Continue reading “The Problem With Beliefs”

A Memoir from a Returned LDS Missionary

With a desire (and permission) to share their story, here is an insightful, well-written, and emotional memoir of a returned LDS missionary.  Any identifying details have been changed or omitted and any resemblance of thoughts or information relating to actual people or events is entirely coincidental.

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The Hope of Every Good Therapist

I first came across this poem by Emily Dickinson while studying literature at Brigham Young University.  As with most of her poetry, I enjoy the apparent simplicity and depth of emotion that accompanies her words.  The poem feels like an anthem for helping professionals, as it describes the primary desire of those who enter the field: Continue reading “The Hope of Every Good Therapist”

The Unexpected Road of Trials for Returning LDS Missionaries

Returning Home:  The Unexpected Road of Trials for Returned Missionaries

Returning home may be the hardest part of an LDS missionary’s experience.  It can be more difficult than leaving. Continue reading “The Unexpected Road of Trials for Returning LDS Missionaries”

Relationship Advice from Ron Swanson

Watching Parks and Recreation came at the recommendation of my brother.  Being a Seinfeld fanatic, I was a little hesitant to commit.  However, I am really glad that I did—plus now I am convinced that my brother truly loves me!  It would be embarrassing to disclose how quickly my wife and I binge-watched the show, but I had to write something Continue reading “Relationship Advice from Ron Swanson”