Entries by Jimmy Smith

Family Home Evening Lesson Archive

Joseph Smith once said that “a man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race” (letter to the Twelve, Dec. 15, 1840). In that spirit, I want to share with the world, or at least the […]

God’s Formula for Hitting the Heavenly Target: What Jordan Peterson Bible Lectures Inspired Me to Learn about the LDS Temple Endowment

Recently, I had a particularly meaningful and spiritual experience at the temple, so I thought I would attempt to share some of the things I learned. It will be difficult to convey everything I was taught and understood, and this writing will probably only scratch the surface. As I wrote this, I tried to channel […]

Troubling Trends Motivating Me to Vote in 2022

Election day is around the corner and there are many troubling trends in our society that are motivating me to go vote. I certainly don’t want to look to government or politicians to solve all of the society’s problem because that can cause more harm than good. But I do want elect representatives who share […]

Advice for a New LDS College Student

Our oldest is leaving for college soon and the following is one of the final Family Home Evening lessons we had with her with parting advice from me and my wife. The points are directed primarily to our recently graduated high school student heading off to college, but the principles are applicable to our whole […]

The Fetal Right to Life Book about Unborn Babies’ Right to Not Be Aborted

Author C. Paul Smith, an accomplished attorney, city councilman, and county commissioner (and, for full disclosure, my father) has released an updated edition of his book, The Fetal Right to Life Argument. The book provides the legal and moral arguments in favor of recognizing the unborn baby’s right to life and examines the impact the […]

Democrat and Republican 2020 Political Party Platforms Analysis

Summary: This is an analysis of the similarities and differences of the two main political parties, at least on paper according to their platform statements. Both parties are for a strong economy, education, and healthcare. Democrats stand out in their support for clean energy, the climate, minority rights, and opposition to the other party. Republicans […]