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Jason Bringhurst shares uplifting messages of faith and has a little fun along the way. Jason lives in Port Angeles, Washington, and gives a commentary podcast from a Latter-day Saint perspective. Latter-day Saints, Christians, and those of other faiths or even with no faith will enjoy the uplifting episodes. This is not an official podcast of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some may refer to members of The Church as LDS or Mormon. Add a little sunshine to your week by subscribing! Cheers from the PNW! Music: Pixabay. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rocky-mountain-sunshine/support

Latter-day Saint Commentary from the Pacific Northwest - Rocky Mountain Sunshine Podcast Jason Bringhurst

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Jason Bringhurst shares uplifting messages of faith and has a little fun along the way. Jason lives in Port Angeles, Washington, and gives a commentary podcast from a Latter-day Saint perspective. Latter-day Saints, Christians, and those of other faiths or even with no faith will enjoy the uplifting episodes. This is not an official podcast of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some may refer to members of The Church as LDS or Mormon. Add a little sunshine to your week by subscribing! Cheers from the PNW! Music: Pixabay. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rocky-mountain-sunshine/support

    Cyber Bullying and Bullying with Julienne, Maggie, and Emma Bringhurst - Ep. 40

    Cyber Bullying and Bullying with Julienne, Maggie, and Emma Bringhurst - Ep. 40

    Today I have three of my favorite guests joining me! My daughters Julienne in Provo,Utah, Maggie in Logan, Utah, and here in the studio with me, we have Emma.

    So, let’s get to it.

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    For some reason, probably because of my experiences, I have always thought that bullying was something I had to worry about my boys but not my girls. Obviously, I was wrong about that.

    So some statistics I found were that 1 out of every 5 kids have reported being bullied. Slightly higher percentage are boys.

    Was there bullying in your elementary school?

    I remember back in elementary in my class there was a girl who was mixed race and she was made fun of.

    I was bullied quite a bit in elementary. I remember being chased on the playground with kids who had jump ropes and they’d whip me.

    I was punched & tripped

    I remember I didn’t want ot wear my winter cap because it had a ball on top and kids would take it from me at recess.

    In 5th grade, I got a new fake leather jacket. A kid came up to me and told me not to wear it and that I wasn’t as cool as him and his leather jacket.

    I remember a group of kids would sometimes chase me home either walking riding my bike.

    I remember my bike was made fun of because it wasn’t a cool brand.

    I got in a fight one morning before school and a friend of mine Brett got in between me and this kid and punched him. He left me alone after that.

    Teachers were either unaware or just apathetic.

    I feel like teachers are better now? I don’t think they ever came outside.



    Was there bullying at middle school?

    In Junior High, I had a kite taken away.

    I made friends with a kid who was a lot bigger than me. I remember my friend Brad got in between me and someone at jr high.

    I remember kids making fun of my clothes and fake “Vans” shoes because we couldn’t afford the brand names.



    Tune in for more!

    #bullying

    #cyberbullying


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    • 35 min
    Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort - William Bringhurst - Ep. 39

    Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort - William Bringhurst - Ep. 39

    Have you ever discovered some part of your family history that was just fascinating?

    Before the lights, the strip, and the casinos in Las Vegas, was the Old Mormon Fort.

    Las Vegas in Spanish means “The meadows.”  There was a creek that ran through the Las Vegas valley giving a little life to the surroundings harsh desert valley. It was along Old Spanish Trail.

    The Paiutes (Pah-utes) indigenous people lived there in small camps and nomadic.

    1847 Mormons arrived in Salt Lake. In 1851 they settled San Bernadino. To better help travelers between Salt Lake and California, they wanted to establish a fort in Las Vegas.

    In the 1855 General Conference, Brigham Young called 30 men to Las Vegas. Forty wagons with ox teams, fifteen cows, and several riding horses. He called William A. Bringhurst to lead them. Being very faithful, they left almost immediately. It’s a little different than today’s mission calls.

    And, yes, I am related to him. William is my Great, Great, Great Grandfather’s Brother.  When my ancestor Samual Bringurst and his brother William joined the church, their father was very disappointed and left them each one dollar in his will, only because that was the law. He stated that he hoped that they would return from their evil ways. I could do a whole other episode on The Bringhursts in Philadelphia.  I looked on familysearch and saw that my ancestor, Samuel Bringhurst Sr., who is Williams brother, was endowed in Nauvoo in 1846.

    William Bringhurst was born in Philadelphia in 1818. He married his wife Ann Dillworth in 1845 and traveled to Utah with the John Taylor company arriving in Salt Lake in 1847. So a few years later he is called on this mission to Las Vegas.  It took 30 days to get there by wagon from SLC.  They arrived on June 14, 1855. They quickly built a bowery. Why? Well think of Las Vegas in June with no air conditioning! These folks were tough as nails!  They had their Sunday service their first Sunday there and then the next day got to work on building the fort.

    It took 7 months to build an adobe fort.  150 Feet square. It was the largest building in 100 miles. Tough life. They made adobe bricks that hardened and dried in the sun and they farmed.

    These early Latter-day Saints, or as many called them, “Mormons”, built around 35 forts in various settlements. I grew up close to the Union Fort, or what is called now the Fort Union area in Midvale, Utah. President Hinckley’s grandfather built the Cove Fort in Millard County. It has been restored and rebuilt and it is a fun place to visit just outside of Beaver, Utah.

    The Las Vegas fort was made mostly from adobe bricks where were made on location there. The foundations were stone. The walls were 14 feet high, 2 feet thick for the first 8 feet, and then a foot thick above that. The east wall was where the mess houses and dwellings were. They were two stories tall. Wood was sparse so the ground floor was dirt and the second story floor was wood planks. Nails were also short supply so they used rawhide or wooden pegs to attach the planks to beams.  They were built inside the fort facing the courtyard. There were holes in the walls to shoot attackers.

    Tune in for the rest!

    #mormon

    #lasvegas

    #latterdaysaint

    #latterdaysaints

    #thechurchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints


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    • 21 min
    Let your light so shine - Issues of Faith - Ep. 38

    Let your light so shine - Issues of Faith - Ep. 38

    If you could go back and do school all over again, what would you change? I have a large variety of things that I would change, but one of them is that I would have given myself a little more encouragement when it came to writing and my English classes.

    At a young age, someone gave me a journal, and I have written in a journal on and off my whole life. In episode 5 I spoke about the miracle of my mission journals. I’ve always enjoyed writing.  But in high school, I felt like English was one of my worst subjects. The reason was that I could not figure out diagramming sentences.  I was terrible at it. On into college, I dreaded English classes.  I always seemed to make up for it with essays, and writing, including book reports. But it took me a while to really grasp grammar rules and I don’t know about diagramming sentences to this day.

    I took French in Junior High and High School. When I went to sign up for advanced French my senior year, my teacher discouraged me saying that I would not be able to pass the class.

    Little would he know that I would be called to a French-speaking mission and after my mission get a degree at BYU minoring in French.

    Learning the French language helped me understand English better. I have told many high-school and college students, that English may be the most important class in their studies.  Being able to effectively communicate and to do it without major glaring grammatical errors is so important in a world where we communicate constantly through text & email. It quickly shows if you lack some of these skills and it might impede your career.

    I decided to start a blog in 2017 called ... you got it, “Rocky Mountain Sunshine.”  I’ve had a lot of compliments, and a fair amount of criticism.  In high school, getting papers back with all the things that I had done wrong in red really was discouraging. In college, I started to get more confidence in writing, and I took a business English class where all of a sudden, English grammar started to make sense. It somehow just clicked. I wrote a lot of papers in humanities, psychology, and English. Then I served a mission and learned French. My French improved a ton, and I came home, tested out of several French classes at BYU, and got my minor in French, which is no cakewalk. BYU has a really difficult French program. My understanding of the French language helped my English quite a lot. Well, actually when I first came home from France, my English was all messed up.

    One of the first dates I went on was with the sister of one of my former companions. He had set us up. We went to temple square and they had a movie that was being played in one of the theaters. I asked, “Can we assist the movie?” Both the person at the door and my date looked at me weird. I didn’t understand where there was a communication breakdown. I again asked if it was possible for us to assist the movie.  Again two people looking at me wondering what I wanted. In French assister means to attend. I wanted to know if we could attend the movie. Luckily my date translated for me and I walked into the theater baffled.  For some reason, we never went on another date. Haha

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    • 15 min
    Coming back to Church - Karim Lazarus - Ep 37

    Coming back to Church - Karim Lazarus - Ep 37

    Do you know someone who has stepped away from the Church for a while and then later returned? I love hearing stories about how people find their way back to the Church and enjoy the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ again in their life.

    I was listening to a podcast recently by Richard Ostler called Listen, Learn, & Love. The introduction of this episode said that the guest was from Baltimore, MD. I’ve been there several times. Usually just flying in and then driving to Harrisburg, PA.

    Then the host said the guest’s name. Karim Lazarus. The last name was unique and sounded familiar. I thought that there was a missionary in our mission with that name.

    He then said that he was 50 years old. I’m 50. So that matched.

    He was a convert to the Church and went on a mission a year later and served a mission in France.  I thought that it was a good chance that it was the missionary from my mission.

    The host said that he had spent 15 years out of the church, and now had come back to full activity.

    Karim then told about his life growing up without a dad in the home. He had some difficult experiences growing up. In between his junior and senior year of military high school, their family went through temple square and he was given a Book of Mormon. He was in the back of a motorhome as they traveled and he read it. He read it another time and then went to the Air Force Academy.  At the Air Force Academy, one of the other cadets had a Book of Mormon. He struck up a conversation with this person and the cadet eventually introduced Karim to the missionaries. He took the lessons and he joined the Church. He decided to go on a mission a year later.

    As Karim was telling his story he mentioned his mission president, Neil L. Andersen in Bordeaux, France.  So now I knew that he was definitely a missionary in my mission.


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    • 12 min
    Cameron - Accident in Sandy, Utah - Ep. 36

    Cameron - Accident in Sandy, Utah - Ep. 36

    Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Sunshine podcast where we share faith, have some fun, and strive to add a little sunshine to your day! I am your host, Jason Bringhurst.

    Welcome, everybody!  I am recording from the lovely town of Port Angeles, Washington where there is beauty all around. My daughter Camille turned 12 yesterday and had dinner up at Lake Crescent, and it was just absolutely beautiful.

    Well, today I talk about an accident that happened in Sandy, Utah that changed the lives of many people.

    So, let’s get to it.

    Did you have any major events in your life as a teenager?

    I have had a few. I have thought about one event, in particular, many times.

    I had a group of friends in my Sandy neighborhood. I was friends with them all. There was one friend who was probably the tallest of us all. We were good friends. Not best friends, but part of our neighborhood group of friends. We were in the same ward. We went to the same school, though they were all 1 year younger than me. We did scouting together. In fact my first scout camp we camped in a tent together. He gave me string cheese for the first time. He was good at scouting. We played basketball. He was much taller than I was. We even got into a bike race once where I crashed. He came down to my house and would hang out and I went to his house and would hang out. His mom and family were always nice to me.

    In 1986 my friends Brent and Cameron were helping move someone in the ward. They turned from 1300 E to Creek rd and it threw them out of the back of the truck with the load. Brent broke both wrists and his ankle. Cameron landed on his head and sustained major head trauma. He was life-flighted to either the U of U probably Primary Childrens which is right there. His younger sister Tammy was babysitting at the time for a neighbor. Her grandmother was at their house and got the news first. Her grandmother notified her and her parents. It was on Cameron’s older sister’s birthday. 

    Life for Cameron seemed to stop for him in his mind. He never moved on from being a 14-15 year old. When we got our driver's licenses he kept thinking that he was going to get his soon, even years later. His short-term memory was really non-existent.

    Some effects that I didn’t know about that Tammy shared with me was how everything became about Cameron. In the ward, in the family, etc. It was like she didn’t exist. She went from being 13 to having to be responsible for herself because all the time went to taking care of Cameron. She grew tired of all the pity from everyone. She was her own person. Her mom had a hard time moving on too. She not only lost the brother she knew, but she also lost a lot of her mom. She had to grow up fast.


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    • 20 min
    Brother Brandt - Ep. 35

    Brother Brandt - Ep. 35

    Welcome, everybody!  I am recording from the lovely town of Port Angeles, Washington where it is not hot! We are REALLY far northwest, next to Dungeness. So, Dungeness crab is to Port Angeles, what the potato is to Boise, Idaho… Maybe. I don’t know really.  I’m not that great with analogies. Haha


    I had mentioned in a previous episode how it might be deceiving to continue to call my show Rocky Mountain Sunshine when I actually don’t live in the Rocky Mountains anymore.  I want to thank a listener, Craig Lybbert, who lives in Eastern Washington, for sending me an email suggesting “Soggy Mountain Sunshine” as a possible rebranding for the podcast. I love that. Haha.  I’ll keep thinking about it, but that’s not bad. Thanks, Craig. He also added that the Olympic National Park here in Port Angeles is his favorite vacation spot. Lots of people come here to vacation. It is a beautiful area.


    Today I talk about seminary and a prompting that I got to reach out to an old friend.  So let’s get into it.


    Last night was our stake seminary graduation. My daughter Emma graduated from high school last week, and last night she graduated from seminary. As bishop, I was asked to be on the stand and congratulate all of the graduates from my ward. Emma was the only one this year, so I wasn’t playing favorites when I gave her a hug instead of a handshake.  She’s a very bright young woman with a heart of gold.  She’s the type of kid who doesn’t want to kill a moth or bug that has made its way into the home. She gets a glass and covers it and takes it outside so it can find its way into our neighbor’s home. Haha

    She’s a great kid and I’m lucky to be her dad. My son Gavin started seminary this year as well. They have to do early morning seminary at 6:45 AM. None of that cushy released time that I had in Midvale, Utah at Hillcrest High School. They do have a pretty fantastic seminary teacher though. My wife Jen has enjoyed teaching early-morning seminary for the past couple of years here in Port Angeles.  This past year has been interesting as the entire year was taught over zoom.

    I had a customer, Randy Varney, who had a son, Phillip Varney, who was serving in Austria and Switzerland. The Swiss government made a law in 2010 banning foreign missionaries from the USA and other non-European Union countries. They wanted all missionaries to leave. As they were discussing this with pleas from several U.S. senators, they said that if the missionaries could prove that they had Swiss heritage, and had a theology, religious, or seminary degree, they could stay. The mission contacted Randy and they were able to quickly get the proof that they had Swiss ancestry and sent a copy of Phillip’s 4-year seminary graduation certificate.  They had no idea how important the seminary degree would be.


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    • 16 min

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New to the podcast, but a joy to come along for the ride!

My name is Karim Lazarus, and I was recently the subject of one of Jason Bringhurst’s Rocky Mountain Sunshine podcasts. I appreciate the respectful way that he briefly shared my story bringing in salient points to present a message of hope to those who have left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and want to return after a time away.

Jason has a unique storytelling style that keeps the listener engaged and a compassionate heart that comes through the speakers. The experiences detailed in this particular podcast are unique and mine, so of course I felt the Spirit testify of their truthfulness, but I look forward to listening to more episodes and feeling that Spirit. I might need a box of tissues.

Thanks, Jason!

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Get out your tissues 🤧

I’m always impressed by how spiritual all of these are and how they always make my day.

I always feel like crying but smiling by the end of these.

Long story short, if you need a feel good inspiring podcast, these are the ones ☺️🥲

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I listen to a lot of news on the radio. Sometimes I just have to turn the radio off, because the news tends to focus on events that are sometimes very negative—don’t get me wrong, I think we should be aware of world events and history so that we can right wrongs, avoid repeating history, etc. But sometimes I just need a break from barrages of bleakness.

This is a positive, entertaining, and family friendly podcast to brighten anyone’s day.

Great stuff! Thanks!

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