By Jonathan Schroeder I don’t know who’s idea it was to let the 4th of July fall in the middle of the week, but I’d like to lodge a complaint. Nothing makes me feel less patriotic than having to get up early for work the morning after I watched fireworks, chatted with friends, and watched Netflix till one in the morning! Now those are my … Continue reading It’s OK to ask for help
Every week, my elders quorum convenes on the first floor of a re-purposed office-building-turned-chapel. The room is always cool, which works perfectly given some of those in suits are always turning the building temperature down, while others in suits offer their jackets to the ladies who (justifiably, I suppose) think it too chilly. The room is of a decent size, but not too large – … Continue reading The power of questions in gospel learning
(Header Photo Cred: John Moore, Getty Images) By Jonathan Schroeder Normally, I really enjoy writing these blog posts. There’s something therapeutic about watching ideas flow out of your head, through your fingers and onto the screen; of writing words that inspire and uplift others to do better. But tonight’s a little different. Tonight I’m going to write about something that I really wish I didn’t … Continue reading Families should be together forever
Last week, I was invited to the home of some members of my church congregation (termed a “ward” in Mormon lingo). While there, I was to entertain two of our ward’s Elders, the young Mormon missionaries wearing white shirts, conservative ties, and black name tags. This isn’t an unusual occasion, given that I’ve been on both the giving and receiving ends of this arrangement—having volunteered … Continue reading Struggling with the mission? I get it.
By Jonathan Schroeder To start things off, I want to know what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “mental illness.” How about the word “schizophrenia,” or even worse; “paranoid schizophrenia?” If I had to guess, the first thing that came to your mind was either a crazy, babbling man in a white straight-jacket, or maybe the infamous shower-stabbing … Continue reading Paranoid of paranoia: why mental illness isn’t as dangerous as the media makes it sound
Earlier this week, I lamented (in rather killjoy fashion) that getting caught up in one’s own life narrative is only to get caught up in something that doesn’t have to be. Allow me to clarify why this is a thing. Speaking from my own experience and by observation, I’ve seen many a person—myself included—get frustrated when their life’s narrative is thrown off or altered in … Continue reading Lost in the narrative, part two
Humans love a good story. Though at times I feel like I have the memory of a 55-year-old brain in a 26-year-old body, even I can remember stories told me from years ago. Scout camp, sixth grade story time, family reunions—you name it—the stories remain with me, and in striking detail. Great life teachers—at least the ones I’ve encountered—generally teach via analogy, constantly using stories … Continue reading Lost in the narrative, part one