The power of questions in gospel learning

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

Families should be together forever

(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

Struggling with the mission? I get it.

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.

Celebrating diversity (not just on Taco Tuesday)

By Jonathan Schroeder Two weeks ago, a NY Attorney named Aaron Schlossberg walked into a deli market full of Latino deli workers. The result was a viral video tirade that most of you have probably already seen. Less than a week later, a Border Patrol Agent in Montana stopped a Latina woman and asked for her identification. His justification – she was speaking Spanish. Let’s … Continue reading Celebrating diversity (not just on Taco Tuesday)

Paranoid of paranoia: why mental illness isn’t as dangerous as the media makes it sound

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

“Make of this old world, a new world”

I don’t mind a royal wedding; I also don’t live for one. Yet a friend alerted me to an impassioned sermon delivered by an American bishop during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, one that I shouldn’t resist. I’m glad I didn’t. Not only was the message powerful and the delivery exhilarating, but I couldn’t help to think of the significance – if … Continue reading “Make of this old world, a new world”