The miracle at Rocky Ridge: How Andrew Young Smith saved my 4th Great Grandfather

During the winter months of 1856, my 4th Great Grandfather Joseph Mckay found himself near death traveling in the Willie handcart company while crossing Rocky Ridge, and he collapsed on the frozen ground waiting to die. He had trekked thousands of miles from Europe, eagerly awaiting for the arrival to the Salt Lake Valley. He, … Continue reading The miracle at Rocky Ridge: How Andrew Young Smith saved my 4th Great Grandfather

The surprising reason Christ chose John, not His own brothers, to take care of Mary after His death

We all know the scenario: Christ has endured suffering, pain and anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane, is taken before unrighteous judges to be punished, is spat upon and ruthlessly hung on the cross. Amidst this pain, His thoughts turn to His mother, worrying about her well being- "Now there stood by the cross of … Continue reading The surprising reason Christ chose John, not His own brothers, to take care of Mary after His death

The lesson I learned in sacrament meeting from a crying child

During the sacrament hymn at church today, a young child in our congregation started getting fussy, something not unusual on Sundays. He started quietly, and grew increasingly louder in frustration. By the time the blessing for the water came around, he was still crying with his full, tiny lungs. The parents to their patient credit, … Continue reading The lesson I learned in sacrament meeting from a crying child

When I could no longer walk, the Book of Mormon gave me the strength to stand

When I was 2 months old, my parents started to notice that my skull was growing at an abnormal rate. They took me to the hospital to figure out the issue. Upon my arrival and after numerous tests were done over the course of a few months, I was diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus-a condition in … Continue reading When I could no longer walk, the Book of Mormon gave me the strength to stand