Whisperings: The Still Small Voice of Conscience: Essay by Joel Skousen

When you finish reading this, you may not view life in quite the same way again—even if you are indifferent about, or passionately dislike, what I have to say.   I do not claim or presume that the reader will actually change what he or she is. That’s a more difficult and individualized process. But whatRead more

Sports: Philosophy, Resources, Tips, Videos

We will look at philosophy of sports in general, then look at resources for each sport. Sport Philosophy   (Note: This is sport philosophy, not sport psychology. It is about the morality of sports, not about how to motivate people to do well in sports.) “You must excuse me, but when I’m with the boysRead more

Musical Instruments: Theory, Composition, Resources, Tips, Videos

Here are a few resources on learning instruments generally, then we will look at instruments individually.   Here is a great video on how learning music should be fun, rather than obsessed with teaching sight reading. Playing an instrument can be fun, that’s why we want to learn and teach it, more so than forRead more

Movie Suggestions by Genre

Introduction: There are so many uplifting movies that we don’t need to trifle with the bad. No more sitting at the enemies table! When screening movies we should be sensitive to more than just flagrant sexuality or violence, we should be sensitive to rude attitudes toward peers and parents. To subtle suggestions of rebellion, etc..Read more

Board & Video Games: Suggestions & Info

Board Games I’m not a huge board game fan, but to some extent they can be used to bond with others when not taken to an extreme. Sad and rebellious is the life of the man who endlessly plays cards. Insomuch as they do have a use, here are some suggestions from a friend ofRead more

Joseph Smith & other Prophets on Recreation

“You must excuse me, but when I’m with the boys I make all the fun I can.” -Joseph Smith (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures) For an excellent lecture on the personality and character of Joseph Smith by Truman G. Madsen, including his inclination to play sports and laugh with others: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVXkBX0JNjI -Joseph SmithRead more

Yoga: Covert Demon Worship

Introduction: One of the biggest problems with yoga is that it encourages an Eastern form of meditation involving clearing the mind, letting go of ideas, giving control over to ‘the universe’ or ‘nature’, rather than retaining self-control. You should never give away control of your body to anything or anyone. Even a latter-day prophet, LeeRead more

Therapy in Action: The Nature of Addiction, & Recovery Steps: Desire, Will, Work, Relationships, & Grace

Here are 5 articles showing conversations that can be had on these subjects:   The Nature of Addiction Desire for Recovery Will & Work for Recovery Relationships for Recovery Grace for Recovery Therapy in Action: Nature of Addiction   Goal: Help Jon and Mary Understand that the nature of addiction is more of an illnessRead more

Residential Treatment Centers: Leveling Systems, Dress Codes, & Safety Advantages

Introduction The family home is and always will be the ideal place for living and learning. However, there are rare cases which may necessitate a child leaving the home. Here we will consider some arrangements for those scenarios.   Treatment Center Leveling System   Students advance through a series of Levels as a reflection ofRead more

BEHAVIORAL TREATMENT PLAN FOR ADDICTION: 10 Basic Concepts of Addiction, 5 Signs of Addiction, 3 Reasons Why We Abuse Substance, 5 Recovery Stages, 4 Milestones for Recovery, 4 Progressive Stages of Substance Abuse, Sobriety Tracking, Transparency Via Therapeutic Essay Writing, Boundaries: The Personal Jihad / Taking Up The Cross, Group Therapy Strategies, Teen Brain, Spiritual Exploration & Conquest, 3 Stances for Recovery

Introduction:   Addiction is seen not only in illegal drug use or alcohol use, but also in pornography use, and abuse of common foods leading to decreased life satisfaction, chronic illness, and premature death. Addiction of any type will hurt our bodies and our spirits. We must train our spirits and our bodies to beRead more

Emotional Self Reliance by Elder Boyd K Packer – Lecture Excerpts

The following is an excerpt from a BYU Devotional in 1975 by then Elder Boyd K. Packer called Self Reliance (perhaps better titled Emotional Self Reliance) (for full text and video https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/boyd-k-packer_self-reliance/), suggesting that emotional self-reliance is akin to temporal self-reliance, that we should primarily turn to God and our family members, then the church,Read more

Emulating God Through Health: Make Time, Eliminate Excuses, Develop the Taste for Zion, & A Few Things Healthy People Do

Sections: Emulating God Through Health Time for Health Eliminating Health Excuses Developing a Taste for Zion Culture Things Healthy People Do Why They Do It Emulating God Through Health Brigham Young said of the kingdom of heaven, how each person there is as breathtakingly beautiful as the next. That one would gasp and per adventureRead more

The Condemnation of Modern Mental Health Science, & a Gospel Based Family Oriented Alternative to Our Perpetually Broken System

First, I acknowledge that much good can come of mental health treatment, and mental issues are often real and needing serious attention like we would give to physical illness (as taught by Elder Holland in his address “Like a Broken Vessel” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/like-a-broken-vessel?lang=eng). Any opportunity to serve others in a genuine way is of the Lord. IRead more

Thou Shalt Keep a Journal – A Prophetic Mandate

Consider these evidences that the most important reason to learn to write is so that you can keep a journal (it’s also a good way to learn to write).   -“Although I was tired, I took out some paper and began to write. And as I did, I understood the message I had heard inRead more