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The White Wolf vs. The Black Wolf

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Some say that within every man and woman there is a white wolf and a black wolf. The white wolf is gentle and loves mankind. It seeks to help others and lives in harmony with the wilderness. It does not take offense and only fights when it is right to do so and in the right way. Its walking upon the earth is peaceful. The black wolf is fierce and full of enmity towards mankind.  It seeks to tear others down and destroy all in its path. It is full of hatred and fights with everyone. Its walking upon the earth is war-like. These two wolves live inside of each of us and both try to dominate our spirits. The wolf that wins is the one that we feed.

Listen to Life

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My fiancée, Kim, mentioned something the other day I've thought about ever since. She said "listen to life" and "gather stories to share with others." Wherever I go, that's something that I love to do: listen to life. In Nauvoo On long walks in Nauvoo I was fascinated by the life of Joseph Smith, his last dream, and the faith and determination of the early pioneers. I would gaze at the Mississippi river for hours and revel in the shades of a red sunset and the sounds of a steamboat. While living in Nakhodka, I was completely enraptured by the culture and feel of that small Russian harbor town. Whenever the leaves change color, and the autumn breeze picks up, my soul drifts back to the streets of Nakhodka and I can almost sense the smells, the sights and the sounds of that town. Years later, my attachment to Russia would beckon me to read some of the greatest literature ever written: Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Chekov. Later in life, I gathered many o