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Funny Cinderella Perspectives from My 12 Year Old Son

Posted on April 30, 2016 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

I was driving home with my son (Crash Kid #1) after a church event where we got to hear from a member of the 12 apostles (Elder Holland for those following along at home). It was almost 10 PM as we got home and I told my son that he’d turn into a pumpkin at 10 PM. He corrected me and said that you turned into a pumpkin at midnight, not 10. He then went on to share his feelings about Cinderella. Here’s more or less what he said:

What was Cinderella doing out so late? She had until midnight. She shouldn’t have stayed out so late and the party even went on for 3 more hours or something. (Side Note: My son usually goes to bed around 8 PM)

Glass slippers. Those weren’t very practical. Glass isn’t very strong and can’t hold much weight before it breaks. Plump Cinderella would likely break them. (Side Note: I’m not sure why he thinks Cinderella was plump. I always thought she was skinny.)

They didn’t do a good job on the prince either. He’s wearing overalls or something. Wait…you know those things that hold your pants up. Suspenders! They should have spent more time on him. Those weren’t the right style then. (Side Note: I didn’t realize he knew Cinderella period styling)

Kids can be so awesome. Tonight was awesome with my son. When he said his evening prayers he prayed “I hope we can do a night like this again.” Can you give me an “Amen!”?

A Child’s Testimony of Christ

Posted on September 6, 2015 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the mormon church) every first Sunday of the month is Fast and Testimony meeting where literally anyone in the congregation can get up and share their testimony about Christ. For some reason, Crash Kid #2 has always wanted to get up and share her testimony of Christ since she was very little whereas Crash Kid #1 can’t even endure talking about the idea.

While Crash Kid #2 has always wanted to go up, one time she did get up and totally froze and wasn’t sure what to say even though she’d practiced multiple times with us. In order to avoid her freezing again, we told her that she can share her testimony as long as she writes it out first so she can fall back on her paper if she gets nervous.

She did just that today and here’s her testimony she wrote out:
Mormon Testimony

Other than offering a few spelling and grammar corrections, I was so proud that our little 8 year old girl could write and share something so beautiful. Seeing her beaming with joy when she returned to our bench is enough to make a grown man cry (which isn’t hard with this grown man). I love that she was confident enough to get in front of 200-300 people, but I’m more pleased with her learning the principles of the gospel.

America Ninja Warrior Meets the Scriptures

Posted on June 29, 2015 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

Today as we were driving home from the waterpark, my wife and I were talking about what we should do for Family Home Evening (FHE). For those not familiar with FHE, every Monday we get together as a family and have a lesson, read scriptures, sing songs, have activities and dessert. It’s not always pretty, but my kids love it. That’s why I can say that every Monday we get together. Ok, we’re not perfect even with our kids wanting to do it. Travel and other things get in the way, but long story short we think there’s value in holding regular FHE and we do so regularly.

As we’re driving back, we were making sure we had something planned for FHE. Otherwise, we’d have a car full of upset children. As we’re thinking about what to do, my daughter says “America Ninja Warrior’s on tonight. We have to watch it.” Seriously, how cool is my daughter?

I thought it was a great idea and the perfect activity for FHE. My wife didn’t look at me in utter disgust, so the FHE activity was planned: America Ninja Warrior. As we drove home, I told the kids that we could watch America Ninja Warrior for FHE, but that first we had to have a lesson.

Right then and there I started proposing which prophets from the scriptures were America Ninja Warriors. I might have stretched Samuel the Lamanite’s “climb” up the wall a little bit to meet the criteria, but scaling a wall and arrows not being able to hit you felt pretty America Nina Warrior like to me.

Nephi certainly felt like an America Ninja Warrior since he was large in stature. I suggested possibly Abinadi and Ammon, but Crash Kid #1 suggested that they were just fighting and not actually ninja warriors. He was right. He also didn’t like Daniel and the Lions Den since it wasn’t like Daniel had to wrestle the lions or something. I asked him what he thought about Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego. They were thrown in the fire and survived. That felt pretty America Ninja Warrior like to me.

Finally, I saved Captain Moroni to finish them off. He climbed up on tower after tower with the Title of Liberty in his hands and held it up for everyone to see. He probably used the stairs or a ladder to get up the tower as opposed to a warped wall, but he’s still a Ninja Warrior in my book.

Not the most traditional lesson, but the kids seemed to enjoy it.

America Ninja Warrior Side Note: The weatherman looked good tonight. I think there are probably 10-20 people that could go all the way this year. It will be interesting to see which ones get hung up on something tricky and don’t make it to the final rounds.

P.S. If you’re not a mormon and don’t know some of these stories, you can request a free Book of Mormon and you can read the stories as well.

What Do You Do When You Travel To Dubai’s Beach? Play Ultimate Frisbee Of Course

Posted on June 12, 2015 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

After a pretty good first night’s sleep I had a scheduled day of rest before the workshop I was teaching started. I decided to keep it pretty low key and save any real touristy things until the day after my workshop. However, I realized that they probably played ultimate frisbee in Dubai. Sure enough, after a bit of digging I found a pickup game of ultimate frisbee on the beach. Perfect right? I wanted to see the beach anyway and so why not go play some beach ultimate, meet some new people, and experience the Dubai beach.

Turns out, it was the perfect decision. I took an Uber to the beach which worked quite smooth on the hotel wifi. Sadly, my international plan on Verizon didn’t do anything for me. It was just a waste of money even though they said I’d be fine in Dubai. The Uber was really smooth though. The guy arrived really quickly and I made it to the beach in great time. I was lucky we didn’t have traffic, because some other days I was on the metro and the traffic was awful. I guess I chose the right time and direction.

The beach in Dubai was awesome. It did remind me a lot of Waikiki in Hawaii. The beach was this nice white sand and the backdrop was this concrete jungle of hotels and stores. The ultimate on the beach was fun, but I forgot that it would be blazing hot and that I’d need a few gallons of water to really enjoy it. Luckily, the other players were really nice and shared their water with me.

We played until the sun went down and got to enjoy a great sunset. There were also fun things like a camel that was giving rides to people on the beach.


Right before the sun totally set, we decided to take a little swim. I thought it would be nice to cool off in the water. Boy was I wrong. The water felt like warm bath water. Pretty amazing that it stays so warm. I was told to also watch out for jelly fish. I guess they have a bunch of them. I was glad I didn’t meet any of them. The shocking thing was how cold you felt when you got out of the water.

After disc, my new frisbee friends who came from all over the world asked if anyone wanted to go for drinks or juice. I didn’t have anything to do, so I was game for doing something. As a mormon it was pretty nice to be offered juice. I guess the Muslim influence is strong there that they’d offer a non-alcoholic option after frisbee. Plus, the juice place sold some triple layered, chocolate, caramel, and I’m not sure what else cake. I bought it and shared it with the group. I loved their observation that the American desserts are always so indulgent. Yes they are! Pretty fun to make some new friends from Germany, Canada, Russia and the Philippines in Dubai.
Dubai Ultimate Frisbee Friends

Beautiful Way to Celebrate Christmas

Posted on December 25, 2014 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

There’s nothing like beautiful music and imagery to celebrate Christmas! This year that was incredibly executed by The Piano Guys together with David Archuleta, Peter Hollens, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and a bunch of other YouTube stars. Check out their Angels We Have Heard On High rendition here:

If you don’t know The Piano Guys check them out. I love their music, but I’m also pretty biased since I went to high school with the cello player and the piano player was my leader in church. Although, you don’t have to take my word for them being great. Their 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube and 540 million views speaks for itself.

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.

He is the Gift Christmas Video – #ShareTheGift

Posted on December 24, 2014 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

As a mormon and a social media nerd, I’ve really loved the #ShareTheGift hashtag this Christmas Season. One of my favorite things has been the people on Instagram who are holding a sign that says “I Will #SHAREtheGIFT By…__________” and then they fill in the blank. Here’s one such example:

#sharethegift #lds

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Amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas, I love the reminder that the most joy comes from sharing with others. This video is also a great reminder of the reason for the season:

Merry Christmas everyone!

Talk on Spiritual Gifts

Posted on December 7, 2014 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

Next Sunday I’ve been asked to give a talk at church on the subject of spiritual gifts. As most of you know, I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). One of the great parts of being a mormon is that everyone participates in giving talks, lessons, etc. While this may scare some people, I really enjoy it. I’ve been doing it since I was a child and enjoy being able to share a little piece of myself with about 300 people that will be at the meeting.

As I mentioned, the topic I was given for my talk is spiritual gifts and I was given a link to this resource on spiritual gifts. I really like the answer to the question on that page “How does Heavenly Father want me to use my spiritual gifts?”:

Spiritual gifts are blessings or abilities that are given by the power of the Holy Ghost. As children of Heavenly Father, we all have spiritual gifts. God gives us these gifts so that we can serve others and help build His kingdom. He has commanded us to diligently seek out and develop our spiritual gifts.

I’m excited to read this talk by Elder Bednar that’s listed and also ponder this this video. The video is an absolutely amazing example of someone using their gifts.

Whenever I do a talk or presentation outside of church, I like to reach out on my blogs and kind of crowd source ideas. I’ve always been amazed at how outside people’s contributions have made what I say better. The power of many people is so much stronger than one individual.

With that in mind, I thought I’d do the same for this talk on my daddy blog. I’d love to hear what you think about the topic of spiritual gifts. I’d love to hear any stories you have that I might find of interest. Possibly any scriptures that stand out to you on the subject.

At this Christmas season it seems appropriate to be talking about spiritual gifts. I think it will put a great perspective on the season of gift giving. I especially like the idea of thinking how we share our spiritual gifts with others. I think that’s what Christ did and is a great example for us.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.