The Best Day of My Mission

I love the joy of helping the units grow, and yesterday was a truly a joyful day. The best day in mission, bar none. Let me tell you why.

Green Patches Amidst the Drought

"...A missionary will enter a 'drought period' of his mission, where he's striving to everything right and by Preach My Gospel, as obedient as he's ever been, as close to the Spirit as ever, and yet nothing seems to fall their way. That's kind of been our experience - particularly towards the end of this third month together, things just don't fall like we might've hoped. But that's ok - now we just have to smile and keep trying to do the very best we can."

Please Come to Church!

Elder Call and Elder Elmer are working hard....if 120 people come to church at their branch on average during March, their district can apply to become a stake. Also: what to do when your companion suddenly grows quiet (that's right....it's about YOU), and the famous parable of "weeds and seeds".

Andrew Call Opens His Mission Call

Thad's son, Andrew, is headed on an LDS mission. His mission call arrived at his Provo dorm room in February 2017. We all assembled, in person or electronically, to hear Andrew discover where he was called to serve.

“Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me”

Lots of great progress reports on new members: Jeison breaks up with his girlfriend after reading about standards for youth, a new member family starts saving to go to the temple, and two little girls are baptized.

Q&A With Elder Spencer Call

So last week was a great week!...kind of felt like a drought week - lots of powerful spiritual lessons, people committing to do 'x' and change their lives, and working more with members as we push for a stake in March...and no one comes to church (the biggest indication of progress, to me). Well, that's actually not true - three people did come. I need to be more grateful - in some areas people would give their chopped off fingers that they found in their bag of flour to have one person in church (see Dad's letter so you're not weirded out).

Mary Nelson Atkin’s Courtship and Wedding

Mary Atkin recounts her introduction to John Dwain Atkin while she was still in high school, their courtship, his service during WWII in the Seabees, and their wedding day.

Nate Haruch Opens His Mission Call

Welcome to a new missionary on the podcast, my nephew Elder Nate Haruch! Nate is the roommate of my second oldest son, Andrew…they’re attending Brigham Young University together this year. Just a few weeks ago Nate received his LDS mission call, and today we’re going to listen to the audio recording of him opening it on that special day.

A Valentine For Louise

A Valentine For Louise

Bob Crowley's 1984 Valentine note to his wife, Louise.

Washed White Through the Blood of the Lamb

Elder Spencer Call reacts to his brother's mission call, sings a trio with his mission president, rips his new white shirt right before a baptism, and tells why it's so important that lots of people come to church in March.

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