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James Spruell, Ph.D.

The World Around Us

Our task is to become our best selves. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final

... Thomas S. Monson


Creating an Extraordinary Life: Breaking Through the Abyss

Breaking Through the Abyss















Many of us make life a little too complex. For example, we all share common physical attributes and need simple necessities such as shelter, food, water, and air to breathe. We need companionship, and seek out friends who support and sustain us daily.

We also share the desire to
... know who we are;
... how to find happiness, and achieve our dreams;
... what is God’s plan for us;
... and how to improve the way we view our self and self-worth.

This book will help you find answers that you seek. … For more detail

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Recent Releases

Improving ranking in web searches

After many of the basics are met, authors (and potential authors) want to improve how their web page ranks in search engines. And while coming up on page 1      ... Continue Reading






Mary, the Mother of Christ - Part III

Mary, the mother of Christ is unique among all women in her divine role in giving birth to the Messiah. Her story is fascinating, regardless of whether we are Catholic, Muslim, or LDS. Here is Part III of her story      ... Continue Reading





Poem of the Week

Forgotten in the Woods

Forgotten in the woods
lies a cabin amidst the forest trees
hiding in the shadows
of another time, of days now spent
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Women in the Scriptures

Eve - 'A Help Meet'

Adam and Eve were our first parents on planet earth. Eve’s story is unique among all women, and represents the profound wisdom of God in placing man in families. Her role as a ‘Help Meet’ is so much more than cook, companion, etc. but represents ‘God’s Help’ in accomplishing all things appointed unto man      ... Continue Reading



Mary and the Birth of the Savior in Videos

Few things give greater insight into the Savior, & who he was, than his relationship with others, especially women and children. With Christmas approaching, we are focusing on Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Here are 4 videos that provide insight into this great woman and the birth of the Savior      ... Read More


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Finding Happiness

When a Poor Self-Esteem Becomes a Vicious Cycle

A newborn does not enter the world with a poor self-esteem, but develops a self-image in intimate interaction with care givers and others. As the child develops the brain learns to interpret its environment, e.g., crying gets attention, those wet areas around the bottom aren’t very comfortable      ... Read More



Investing Mistakes to Avoid


If your intend to invest, mistakes will occur! The slide share presentation below covers some of the more common, including failing to appreciate diversity to not having a plan and knowing where you want to go.

     Avoiding investment mistakes





Finding Happiness in the Holiday Season - Part One

Christmas Noel

Ever wonder if the Grinch stole Christmas? You're not alone -- the Holidays can be a tough time for singles (and others).

There can be many causes for unhappiness around holidays from SAD (basically a lack of sunlight) to man over board (trying to create the perfect Christmas).

One of the Grinch's master elves is social isolation that can creep in at Christmas. For example, many single activities are often canceled from Christmas Day until New Year's Eve and leave a vacuum for some. Others may be facing the "it's the 'X's year" leaving ...another vacuum. And the multitude of pre-Christmas family activities may remind you of your 'singleness'. And it can be tough.

      Continue reading Part One

     Slide share presentation of Finding Happiness...      YouTube Version


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Hiking and Travel

Hiking Orson Smith Trail

hiking trails

The Orson Smith Trail (and Park) is an easy hike — a little over a mile each way. The trail and park is fairly well maintained and includes benches, tables, trailhead, adequate parking, etc. The trail itself is decorated (by nature) with wild flowers, birds, and ...      Read More




Hiking in Salt Lake City and the Surrounding Area

Donut Falls

Utah has some of the most scenic hiking spots in the world. Among these are a number around Salt Lake City where the family can escape for an afternoon or day of hiking adventure. Big Cottonwood Canyon as well as Little Cottonwood Canyon provide easy access to SKC residents and visitors... read more



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Silver Lake Shore

The View at Silver Lake
















The View at Silver Lake