‘I know everybody has a struggle…but how much weight do you put into those struggles? I confess I don’t really struggle financially because I tend to live underneath my means. I think a lot of people see their salary as their target lifestyle. So, if you make $80,000 a year, you’re going to divide it into whatever you want to buy…you believe you should buy the equivalent car or meals or clothes that $80,000 can afford you. I say take that idea and cut it and live off of less. So, if you make $80,000 a year, live like you only make $60,000 or $50,000. You might not feed a family of five on it but if we can be smarter and somehow live underneath our means, struggles tend to be less. And yes, there are also artistic and mental struggles. I still say it’s all about how much weight we put into our struggles. If I think I’m not being fulfilled in hobbies or artistically, I remind myself that they’re something I should enjoy and if, at the moment, I’m not enjoying myself, it’s time to put it away for a while and take it up later.feb27



‘There are so many broken people in the world today. We see that all around us and the clergy, we priests of the church, care for the souls of people the same way a doctor would take care of the body. We believe a person has a soul. We know this. Medical science cannot fix a broken soul. But as the soul is directly connected to the body, we try to bring healing to the soul through God and His Son, Jesus Christ. This is our life and this is what I do.’



“I had just got back from Europe and I told my mom that I was going out to buy some weed and he conned me into having a cigarette with him and we spent eight or nine hours just talking on the porch. I don’t know how many cigarettes we smoked that night but it was a lot. I didn’t get home until eight o’clock the next morning. My mom asked me where I had been and I told her, ‘I finally met someone.”



‘I’ve recently discovered that teamwork is a motivation for me. I’m part of the ROTC program. I didn’t think I would like it because I was kind of forced into it by my parents. They thought it would be good for me and that it would help me become less scatter-brained and more organized. As it turns out, I really do like it. It’s given me more of a direction in life. I like being a part of a network, where nothing works exactly the right way unless all the parts do their job. I like being one of the parts. I always thought I was very individual. I’m actually quite introverted and I like being by myself as an isolationist but I’m not shy. ROTC is bringing me out of my shell and I’m more excited about being a part of something bigger than myself. I’m not patriotic but think I want to join the Navy.’


‘I’ve just gone through a divorce after being married for ten years and a four-year-old. I learned that I was co-dependent which was hard for me because I went through a period of time where I really needed to be with someone. Through therapy and being forced to be away from her, I was actually able to rediscover myself and learn that I don’t need anyone…and that I need to first love myself so that I can then love her. I went through a hard childhood without knowing my biological father so I felt a lot of abandonment all the way through my teens. I was always looking for acceptance from other people. By being by myself, I realized that I don’t need acceptance from anyone and that I really just need to accept myself first. I found out by serving and loving other people, that that’s what I love about myself the most because I’ve always had the desire and the ability to serve others. That helped to kill the co-dependency and I learned that it was OK to be alone and to redirect into serving others. So, I learned to love myself and also focused on my fatherhood and being a better father. She then re-fell in love with me and now we’re thinking about getting re-married.feb24



‘I’m always reflecting on what’s possible. When I was younger, I loved art but now I’m more interested in other people’s passions and, of course, I’m about anything life related…like food or travel. Snowboarding is my passion. I discovered it at an early age and picked it up in southern Utah. There’s nothing like it. It’s a freedom…an ultimate freedom feeling. You’re a part of nature and the exercise is good. You’re surrounded by cool people. If you’re born in Utah, you have to be a part of the outdoors and, if something exists in the world around us, we, as humans, should explore it. Going out into the mountains, exploring new trails…that’s my spirituality and how i find myself and my peace.’