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Mark Hansen
I love to cook, especially in Dutch ovens, to write songs, to play and make games, and to blog!
I love to cook, especially in Dutch ovens, to write songs, to play and make games, and to blog!

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The Word For the New Year
A few years ago, I found myself tired of making New Year’s Resolutions. They were always the same, and I’d end up breaking them right away and feeling like a total failure. Again. Then I read a post in a blog somewhere that changed my perspective on the ide...

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the Inauguration
There has been a lot said and argued about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing at President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Many have been angry, others supportive. One sister decided to resign the choir over the issue. I’ve seen others that seem to b...

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How The Hero's Tale Got Started
About 2+ years ago, my kids and I started playing Tabletop RPGs in a family game night. . At the time, my youngest (Jacob, or Jakoh of Emberfire) was 14, my oldest (Brendon, or DarkStar of Umbrawood) 16.  They had been involved in many kinds of gaming for a...

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Dutch Oven Balsamic Garlic Chicken with Asparagus
After doing a really fun Dutch oven demo for a good friend and his friends, I got excited again. It’s actually been a while since I’ve done Dutch oven in my own backyard. Between that fun demo, and my newest book, I’m getting stoked to start doing it with r...

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Today, my family traveled to Carthage and visited the infamous jailhouse there. This is the site of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, the founding prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and his brother Hyrum. This is the jail cell where he...

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More Thoughts on Scriptures
I just found some fascinating videos as I was wasting time on YouTube. They’re called Tom’s Language Files, and are found here . In each short clip, Tom talks about a curious and intriguing facet of the study of linguistics. On the surface, that’s cool enou...

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Role-Playing Games, Part III
This post is very difficult for me to write, because it’s impossible to set up the context enough for anyone but me and my son to fully grasp. Really, ya had ta be there. But I can’t NOT share it. Partly because I set it up so well with the earlier posts on...

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Verse Database: Looking Deep
Verse Database: Looking Deep ID: PRO-SM-014 BSC SM2014 Learning Verse:  OT, 1 Samuel 16:7 Text: “...For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” Verse Rule: EFFECT: Look at the top five ...

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Verse Database: Joshua's Stand
Verse Database: Joshua's Stand ID: PRO-SM-013 BSC SM2014 Learning Verse:  OT, Joshua 24:15 Text: “Choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Verse Rule: EFFECT: Seek: "Serve/Service/Servant" Sacrifice Cost: ...

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Verse Database: Know the Law
Verse Database: Know the Law ID: PRO-SM-012 BSC SMLegacy Learning Verse:  OT, Joshua 1:8 Text: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth” Verse Rule: EFFECT: You may search your deck for another chosen verse with a "Law" Marker, and add it to ...
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