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In Harms Way: Divine Intervention On The Battle Field
The stories of how the prompting's of the spirit saved my life and the lives of all my men many times as I served as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Vietnam. Also the missionary experiences I had while serving in the military.
Read The Book

You Can't Fool The Chickens
The life's lesson I learned from my son about how you can fool your friends but you can not fool God in the life you live.
Read The Story

Water That Got To The End Of The Row
The stories of how our family has converted hundreds of people and how you can too, especially wayward children.
Read The Book

Sunday Sermons
A weekly spiritual message sent to our family
Read the Sermons

Understanding Patriarchal Priesthood
Well here it is. The first copy of my book Understanding Patriarchal Priesthood. I have been working on this paper since 1991. It is not done. This is still just a rough draft ...... be patient some day I may actually have it done. But for now here is at least what I have in PDF format so you can sure open it.. My notes on this subject are eleven three ring binders, so this is just a summary of all my notes put into the form of a book. I have given a 2 hour fireside on this subject over 200 times so there is a lot of input from the people I have taught as well as my own work here.
Click here to read the Rough Draft copy

Home Work
A book I am writing on jobs you can do from your home
Read the rough draft

Goal Achieving
This is the work book for my all day seminar on goal achieving
My Turn To Win: The Secret Of Excellence 15th Printing


Go to charts index
These are the beginning of my collection of charts that I use as handouts.
There are 100's of them to come. So I will just add them a few at a time until I get them all.



Here are the Handouts we have entered in so far:

The Trilogy Doctrine As Seen By Mormons
This is the best I have ever read. It is by my friend Edward Hess

Who is this Christ in the Bible?
Many people say Mormons are not Christians. Here is what I believe.

Who is the God of the Bible?
My research on the nature of God from the Bible.

Questions on being saved from the book of ACTS in the Bible.
Here are the questions I would ask you about being saved if we studied the book of ACTS together.

Ten Keys To Reactivation
A handout I gave out at the Federal Way WA Stake Leadership Meeting 15 May 1999

Fasting & Fast Offerings Handout
This is a handout I use for teaching classes and giving firesides about Fasting. It has a few of the best quotes from my 100 + page research paper on Fasting and Fast Offerings

A series of letters from Christians to help me understand what it means to be "SAVED" or "BORN" again. In particular with reference to still being able to sin and go to heaven if you are "SAVED".

Why Our Family Does Missionary Work
Some of our most favorite scriptures!

The things I have learned about it.

Definition of the word STEWARDSHIP as we use it in the Church.
A handout used in Federal Way 11th Deaf Branch Gospel Doctrine class

Moral Standards
Do you have personal convictions or someone else's restrictions?
The Deaf News thought for the month of August 1997 by Cordell Vail

4 Kinds of People
I have found that there are basically four kinds of people in the church.

4 Keys
Four Keys to help you discern false revelations

10 Steps
The Ten Steps that Normally Lead To Adultery

WHY do we often say we won't
yet later, in a heat of passion, we do????

This is my first handout on "How to Overcome Bad Habits"

Ordained a Seventy
A letter to my son David about the feelings that come from the different offices of the priesthood as you are ordained.

American Morality
My commentary on the morality of American...

My interpretation of 1 Cor 11:1-15
"Why A Woman Prays With Her HEAD(face) Covered"

My interpretation of D&C 58:42-43
When we repent what does it mean to "FORSAKE" the sin?
Something to think about next time you are being tempted to do something wrong!
Fully Functioning Ward Mission Program
This is what we did to organize the missionary work in our ward
Satan's Power of Deception
A dream I had once about how Satan tries to make things that are not real look, seem and even feel real.
The scriptures are filled with promises that say IF you just do this.... THEN you will be blessed with....
Wow! That was such a wonderful discovery for me.






Why Our Family Does Missionary Work

Why I don't want to ever be called a returned missionary

Lesson #1 - Getting Organized
Lesson #2 - Gaining Faith
Lesson #3 - Why Do Missionary Work - Making A Difference
#4 - Why Do Missionary Work - Gaining Spiritual Power (still working on it)
#5 - Offering the wrong prayer (still working on it)
#6 - Ways to meet people that works
#7 - Fully Functioning Ward Mission Program

(Check back... the rest to come later as I have time)


Can we have scriptures other than the Bible?
This talk answers the question concerning the scripture in Revelations 22:18
where it says: "If any man shall add unto these things,
God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.”
Talk by: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

My Words Never Cease

When Constantine became a Christian in the fourth century, he called together a
great convocation of learned men with the hope that they could reach a conclusion
of understanding concerning the true nature of Deity. All they reached was a compromise
of various points of view. The result was the Nicene Creed of A.D. 325. This and subsequent
creeds have become the declaration of doctrine concerning the nature of Deity for most of Christianity ever since.
The Lord is fulfilling His promise that His gospel shall be as the stone cut out of the mountain without hands.
Talk by: President Gordon B. Hinckley
President of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints
The Stone Cut Out of the Mountain

When the emperor Constantine was converted to Christianity, he became aware
of the divisiveness among the clergy concerning the nature of Deity. In an attempt
to overcome this he gathered the eminent divines of the day to Nicaea in the year 325.
Each participant was given opportunity to state his views. The argument only grew more heated.
When a definition could not be reached, a compromise was made. It came to be known as the Nicene Creed,
and its basic elements are recited by most of the Christian faithful.... How deeply grateful I am
that we of this Church do not rely on any man-made statement concerning the nature of Deity.
Talk by: President Gordon B. Hinckley
President of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints
The Things of Which I Know

Scriptures of the Restoration do not compete with the Bible;
they complement the Bible.
Talk by: Elder Russell M. Nelson
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Scriptural Witnesses

We are true and full believers in the Lord Jesus Christ
and in His revealed word through the Holy Bible.
Talk by: Elder M. Russell Ballard
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The Miracle of the Holy Bible

God continues to reveal His will to mankind, as He has in all
periods of time when He has had authorized servants upon the earth.
Talk by: Elder L. Tom Perry
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

We Believe All That God Has Revealed

When you are asked by others about being born again
this talk will help you answer that question from an LDS perspective.
Talk by: Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Born Again

Through faith in Christ, we can be spiritually prepared and cleansed from sin,
immersed in and saturated with His gospel, and purified and sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise.
....you and I are born again as we are absorbed by and in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
(Cucumbers and Pickles talk)
Talk by: Elder David A. Bednar
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Ye Must Be Born Again

We are often asked what our belief is about the Godhead.
People all over the world, of every creed and persuasion,
search and struggle to know, Who is God?
What is His relationship to Jesus Christ?
And what is our relationship with Them?
Talk by: Elder Robert D. Hales
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Gaining a Testimony of God the Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost

We declare it is self-evident from the scriptures that the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Ghost are separate persons, three divine beings.
Talk by: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent

The first restored truth that I learned was the nature of the Godhead.
The true Christian doctrine that the Godhead consists of three
separate beings was known in biblical times.
Talk by: Elder Gary J. Coleman
Of the Seventy

"Mom, Are We Christians?"

The most common request we hear is a fairly simple one that goes something like this:
“Tell me a little about your Church.” The key word here is “little.”
They are not saying, “Tell me everything you know and then send others to tell me everything else.”
Here are four subjects that will help someone today to gain a basic understanding of the Church.
Talk by: Elder M. Russell Ballard
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Faith, Family, Facts, and Fruits

Since truth is the only meaningful foundation upon which we can make
wise decisions, how then can one establish what is really true?
Talk by: Elder Richard G. Scott
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Truth: The Foundation of Correct Decisions

There is a danger in the word someday when what it means is "not this day."
"Someday I will repent." "Someday I will forgive him." "Someday I will speak to
my friend about the Church." "Someday I will start to pay tithing."
"Someday I will return to the temple." "Someday . . . "
Talk by: Elder Henry B. Eyring
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

This Day

We share an enormous responsibility to be who the Lord wants us to be and to do what
He wants us to do. We are part of a great movement—the gathering of scattered Israel.
Talk by: Elder Russell M. Nelson
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The Gathering of Scattered Israel

We believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a restoration
of the original Church established by Jesus Christ.
Talk By: President James E. Faust
Second Counselor in the First Presidency

The Restoration of All Things

Here is a talk that will help you answer the question why we need a living prophet.
Talk by: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Prophets, Seers, and Revelators

And here is the talk Elder Holland refers to given by Ralph Waldo Emerson if you want to read the whole thing:

"It is the office of a true teacher to show us that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake... "
"And it is my duty to say to you, that the need was never greater of new revelation than now."
Talk by: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Delivered before the Senior Class in Divinity College,
Cambridge, Sunday Evening, July 15, 1838

Divinity School Address

What is your answer when friends ask you, "What does the Book of Mormon Teach?"
This talk will give you the answer to that question.
Talk by: Elder Dallin H. Oaks
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

All Men Everywhere

You and I, today and always, are to bear witness of Jesus Christ and declare
the message of the Restoration. . . . Missionary work is a manifestation
of our spiritual identity and heritage.
Talk by: Elder David A. Bednar
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Becoming a Missionary

We must prepare ourselves to assist the missionaries in finding those
of our Heavenly Father's children who will embrace the message of the Restoration.
Talk by: Elder M. Russell Ballard
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The Essential Role of Member Missionary Work

For everyone who wants to become a better member missionary
and who wants to know how to support the missionaries,
Preach My Gospel is full of powerful ideas and insights.
Talk by: Elder Erich W. Kopischke
Of the Seventy

Preach My Gospel—the Unifying Tool between Members and Missionaries


Roll Playing By David Vail
My two youngest sons were nearly destroyed spiritually by roll playing.
It came so silently we hardly knew it had arrived until it was almost too late. Read David's solemn warning to others about Roll Playing!!!
True story by Nina Ferguson
As a child to save herself she jumped into a fire where she could not see her dad but only hear his voice.

You may have already read this. It is a wonderful story about the influence you can have on others. My friend Greg made a really cool web page out of the story. It is worth going to take a look. Use your BACK button to come back here after you read it.

This is one of the best talks I have ever read
It is by the Gordon B. Hinckley.
He talks about the impact
little bad decisions we make can have on the rest of our life.
My Dad The Drill Sergeant
A poem written by my son Aaron about the difficulty for sons to be disciplined by their dads.

He Took My Whipping For Me
A story related to the Atonement of Christ

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