Essay 3 – Injustice

Essay 3 – Injustice

My very first memory is of a small injustice I suffered as a three-year-old boy when my family lived in Santa Barbara, California. Apparently, my brother and I had been turning on the gas stove in our kitchen, which, of course, our parents told us not to do. This...

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Essay 6 – Learning to Ride a Bike

Essay 6 – Learning to Ride a Bike

“A bike! A bike!” I exclaimed on Christmas morning when I saw a bicycle leaning against the wall next to the tree. But I was soon disappointed. My parents wouldn’t let me learn to ride it because we lived on a busy street. I had to wait six long months before we moved...

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Essay 5 – Polished Stones

Essay 5 – Polished Stones

One of my earliest memories is staying at a neighbor’s house for a few days when my younger brother was born. Some of the new and unusual things that this family did created lasting memories in my impressionable four-year-old mind. I remember how strange it seemed...

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Essay 38 – Pride: The Real Original Sin

Essay 38 – Pride: The Real Original Sin

We can learn much from studying the story of Adam and Eve, even if we view it as a metaphor for human nature. The second and third chapters of Genesis state: And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the...

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Essay 24 – Otavalo Miracle

Essay 24 – Otavalo Miracle

While serving as a missionary in Otavalo, Ecuador, I had the distinct impression that a great missionary work was about to proceed among the Quechua-speaking natives living in the hills surrounding the town. However, when I met with the mission president at a zone...

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Essay 12 – Prayer is the Key

Essay 12 – Prayer is the Key

Even though we moved a lot while I was growing up, and I was quite used to change, the first day of high school was scary. My father dropped my brother and I off in the parking lot and drove away. Everything seemed new and ominous. My brother and I walked to the...

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Essay 1 – The Quest

Essay 1 – The Quest

We all have a spark of divinity within us that connects us to each other. This is what makes us different from other creatures. God is love, and because we all have a spark of His divinity in us, we all have an innate basic need to love and to be loved. However,...

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Human law cannot punish or forbid all evil.

Human law cannot punish or forbid all evil.

Seventeen hundred years ago, Augustine wrote: “Human law cannot punish or forbid all evil deeds: since while aiming at doing away with all evil deeds, it would do away with many good things, and would hinder the advance of the common good, which is necessary for human...

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Einstein and Soybeans

Einstein and Soybeans

When I was a teenager, my parents told me a story about Albert Einstein which made a strong impression on me. While my parents were dating, they attended a devotional talk given by world renowned chemist, Doctor Henry Eyring. (I was surprised the next day to discover...

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Escape your Emotional Black Holes
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Emotional Black Holes
A Collection of Inspiring Essays.
God is love, and because we all have a spark of His divinity in us, we have a strong core need to love and to be loved. However, because we are born into an imperfect world, all of us have been disappointed by others we depended on for love. This betrayal creates an emotional black hole at the center of our personal universe that sucks us down into a life of loneliness, frustration and pain.
How do we escape the gravity of our emotional black holes? Can we really become free to love and enjoy life? As Mr. Hallstrom shares the life lessons he has learned from a variety of intriguing and often difficult experiences, you may discover a path of healing that leads to freedom and happiness.