A shout out to my neighbor Mo Farah who lives on Blackhawk. After falling in the 10,000m, the British trackstar still managed to get back up and win gold! #RioOlympics
During our morning walk, a young boy holding a cardboard sign that read “Rocks for Sale” stopped us.
Him: “Do you wanna buy some rocks for 25 cents?” When he says “r” it sounds like “w.”
Me, pulling out my empty pocket: “Sorry, buddy. We left our money at home.”
Him: “Where are you going now?”
Me: “We’re going home.”
Him: “Could you maybe finish your walk and come back with money?”
Me: “How long will you be here?”
Him: “All morning.”
That, ladies and gentleman is how you close a sale. Of course we went back a half hour later. He wasn’t there, but we took some rocks from a small neat pile and left our money by his abandoned sign on the roadside.
If #mediacoverage is the key to winning elections, and being provocative is the surest way to get press, will our leaders always be scoundrels from now on?
BYU Professor Jeff Dyer has written a creative article in Forbes about stopping gun violence. It’s worth a peek:
Stopping Gun Violence: Time for Innovative Solutions
Mareen and I were pleased to represent the LDS Church at the 222nd biennial Presbyterian (USA) General Assembly held last week at the Portland Convention Center. It’s a gathering of the top 3000 leaders of PCUSA to worship, plan church strategy, and interact with ecumenical and interfaith leaders from other faith communities. Elder Richard K. Hansen of the Seventy (right) joined Rabbi Joshua Rose (left) and Wajdi Said of the Muslim Educational Trust (center) to address the Assembly on Sunday. The other photo shows the Reverend Gradye Parsons (head of the PCUSA) preaching in an ecumenical service. On behalf of the Northwest North America LDS Church members, Mareen presented him with a Christus statue at his retirement party to commemorate his long and dedicated service to the Christian community.
Just back from a wonderful trip to Utah to visit family and attend our niece’s wedding! Wasn’t expecting this surprise guest on the top of the gas pump at the Chevron in Boise, however (yes, it’s real).
College students are the best! Here is one of my favorite photos from two women my wife and I adore. They are discovering one of my books at their bookstore.