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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

    Oliver Cowdery and Jacob Gates - Ep. 48

    Oliver Cowdery and Jacob Gates - Ep. 48

    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 to the show, everybody!  I am recording from the lovely town of Port Angeles, Washington. Have I ever mentioned how nice it is here? I just do that on every episode in hopes that people will come visit! We live far away from pretty much everything.  There are things that I like about that, and things that I don’t. Nevertheless, it’s a great place. It’s a small town. There is one high school and it doesn’t even have its own football stadium. I recently visited the newly rebuilt high school where I attended in Midvale, Utah. If you’ve driven by Hillcrest High School, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s state of the art and looks more like a college stadium. Here in Port Angeles, the high school plays at a community field called “Civic Field.”  At one end it’s actually a baseball field, which is interesting because when the football makes its way to that end of the field, they are actually playing on the dirt of the baseball diamond. I went to my first high school football game this past week to watch and root for my son Gavin who plays in the band. I haven’t contributed many athletic genes to our kids' gene pool, but they are all great at music. Again, probably not from me. Well today I don’t talk about Port Angeles High School winning the football game, which they did, nor do I talk about BYU winning the game against our friends up north at the University of Utah, but they did… Yes, BYU won. I’m making sure that’s on the record since the last time they won was in 2009.  That’s all sand washed into the sea or some phrase that people would say in situations like this.  In today’s show, I talk about a relative of mine who knew Oliver Cowdery. So let’s get to it!

    Do you have pioneer ancestors who were members of the Church while Joseph Smith was alive?

    My great-great-great grandfather Jacob Gates knew Oliver Cowdery and the Prophet Joseph Smith personally. That always intrigues me when I think about it.  He saw Joseph Smith on his horse heading to Carthage, IL before the martyrdom.

    Tune in for the rest of the show!


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    • 17 min
    Compassion and Kindness - We need more! - Ep. 47

    Compassion and Kindness - We need more! - Ep. 47

    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 to the show, everybody!  I am recording from the lovely town of Port Angeles, Washington. Are you starting to get the fall vibes? We drove out to Ruby Beach on the coast on Labor Day and we are starting to see some of the leaves turning red and yellow. It was a stunning drive out there. It takes about an hour and a half to get to this particular beach on the coast. We are very close to the water of the strait of juan de fuca, but locals don’t consider that the ocean.  For a land-locked Utah guy, it looks pretty ocean-y to me. But I digress. Ruby Beach is on the coast, so it’s the real deal of ocean scenery.

    Well, in today’s episode I talk about compassion. It’s something that’s been on my mind, so let’s get to it!

    What do you think of when you think of compassion?  I’ll tell you what I don’t think of. Twitter.  I had been on Twitter for a long time, and it quite often got me down.  It wasn’t uncommon to see members of the church or former members of the Church argue about whatever the hot LDS-related topic was of the day. I uninstalled all social media to get away from it all for a week. I recognize some of the good that comes from it. Most of my family is back in Utah. It’s one way that I stay connected to them. I use it for our ward. I use it occasionally for my business and for this podcast. My dog Minnie even has an Instagram account. I made that more to have fun with my kids who gush over every picture we’ve ever taken of our little hairy friend. I’ll stop myself because I can hear Xavier in my mind correcting me and saying that she is not our friend but she is their sister. That’s the way they see our dog. I get disappointed looks if I ever refer to her as “the dog.”  Me: The dog needs water.  Xavier: She has a name! It’s Minnie!

    So after a week of being off of Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, I just never reinstalled Twitter.  You might say that I don’t like how people tweet other people. But I wouldn’t say something like that. Because that isn’t a very good pun. That doesn’t meet my high standards of puns, and they are very high standards, I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you a thing or three!

    So back to this idea of compassion. I think it’s something that dare I say, is a little hard to find sometimes. More and more, I have really tried to tread lightly on social media. I try to avoid the unpleasant arguments and the unkindness that I see all too often. Every now and then, I feel like I need to chime in to set the record straight about a false accusation about the Church that I see by a friend on FaceBook. It is complicated when you have friends who have become bitter towards the Church.  I don’t want to unfriend them.  If they do nothing but bash the Church, I’ll probably mute them for awhile. It just gets tiresome.


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    • 15 min
    1965 Ford Mustang & Good Friends - Ep. 46

    1965 Ford Mustang & Good Friends - Ep. 46

    Welcome, everybody!  I am recording from the lovely town of Port Angeles, Washington where Covid is on the rise again. We are having a bit of a breakout here. It’s discouraging right as we are starting school this Thursday. I’m hoping we don’t get all shut down again. Like you, I just can’t wait until we get through this.

    Well, today I talk cars. Yeah, every now and then I talk cars. I talk about how I came to own a 1965 Ford Mustang. So let’s get to it!

    If you’ve listened to the show, you know that I’m into cars. In fact, if you want to go back and listen to an episode where I talk about every car that I’ve owned, check out episode 19. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to hear about every car that I’ve owned, but it is one of our top listened to episodes. If I were going purely for numbers, I would quit my podcast and just start one on cars. But, that’s not what this podcast is all about.

    Then why are you talking about cars again? You might ask?  Well, that’s my business. haha.. . No, but sometimes a guy needs to have a little fun. This podcast has some fun to it every now and then.

    Well the were simpler times back in the 90’s. I was working for a company called System Connection. I was selling cables back when USB was a new thing. I had a small family, two children at the time, Julienne and Maggie, and a small home in Springville, Utah. Life was pretty good. My wife is a patient lady, and I got to looking at ebay, back in the day when the internet took forever to load a webpage, and looking at things on your phone was not a thing yet. But I found this sweet one owner 1965 Ford Mustang on an auction on ebay. It was technically the second owner, but the father was the original owner and then gave it to his daughter, so it was in the family still.

    Tune in to hear the rest!


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    • 18 min
    Times and Seasons - Ep. 45

    Times and Seasons - Ep. 45

    Welcome, everybody!  I am recording from the lovely town of Port Angeles, Washington. We are just returning from a quick trip to Utah.  It was quick in the sense that we didn’t stay that long. But when you are driving 1150 miles each way, it really isn’t that quick.

    Well in today’s show, I share some thoughts on the changes in my life and the times and seasons. So let’s get to it.

    This past week we went down to Utah to take our daughter Emma to Utah State University - GO AGGIES. She graduated from high school and chose to go to USU.  She’s really smart, she has good ideas, she’s beautiful inside and out, and I am really going to miss her a lot. Our daughter Camille who is 12 is really missing her as well. Of course, we are all missing her, even our little Yorkie Poo named Minnie is wondering where she is.

    In addition to Emma going to USU, we now have our daughter Julienne at BYU-Idaho and our daughter Maggie at the University of Utah. Half of our children are grown and out of the home! How is this happing?

    We still have three at home, Gavin is in high school, Camille is in middle school, and our X-man, Xavier is in elementary school.

    This parenting thing is hard. You put all your love, sweat, and tears into raising these children, and then poof! They move out. I got to admit, I’m grieving a bit.

    This isn’t the first time we’ve had a child move out of course. Our daughter Julienne served her mission in Nebraska. When we dropped her off to the MTC in Provo, we said our goodbyes over by the Provo temple, took pictures, gave her lots of hugs, etc. But driving away from the MTC and watching her walk away with her suitcases, realizing that we wouldn’t see her again for 18 months, was tough! We were all silent in our van. All of a sudden there was a vacant seat in our 8 passenger van. It was tough.

    With our daughter Maggie, it was kind of a soft transition. She left and went to the Ukraine to teach English. It seemed more temporary. But she soon came home and then moved out to go to college. She just transferred from Utah State University to the University of Utah. Go Utes!

    As I was driving home after dropping off Emma at Utah State University in Logan Utah and Julienne at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, I looked in the rearview mirror. It seemed kind of empty. Now there were 3 empty seats in our 8 passenger van.

    Tune in to hear the rest of the show! 


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    Lessons Learned from my Heroes - Ep. 44

    Lessons Learned from my Heroes - Ep. 44

    Welcome, everybody!  I am recording from the lovely town of Port Angeles, Washington.

    This past week we went to the funeral of my mother-in-law’s sister. My inlaws are in their 80’s and it was not an easy trip for them. We left Friday and it took a lot longer to get to Wenatchee, Washington than the GPS said it would. Haha  But I have come to appreciate funerals.  You learn a lot about the people and if it’s family, you get a glimpse into the family’s life.  Their family farmed in Quincy, WA. They weren’t rich but they always had food. That’s more than a lot of people can say.

    Well, today I have a good show for you about some lessons that I learned from some people I look up to. So let’s get to it.

    Do you have people who you look up to or someone you admire? Do you have a mentor or a hero?

    A couple of weeks ago in your young men church lesson, the question was asked if we had anyone who we looked up to. If we want to be like someone, we try to do the things that they do. In my life I’ve had many people whom I have looked up to and admired.

    I remember before my mission, as I was considering whether to go on a mission, I wanted to be like our bishop. He seemed very happy. They had a great family. I remember thinking the same thing about our home teacher, and a couple of other men in our ward.

    In a previous episode, I spoke about Brother Brandt, my seminary teacher. He was someone who you couldn’t help loving.  I wanted to know the scriptures like he did and have a love for them as he did. He genuinely enjoyed the scriptures and loved to share things from them.

    As I served my mission, I looked up to my mission presidents, President Neil L. Andersen (now an apostle) and President Richard Oveson.  I learned different things from them. President Andersen was my mission president for the first 12 months or so. President Andersen, now Elder Andersen, knew that the Book of Mormon was vitally important to us missionaries. He had a schedule for us to keep where we read the entire Book of Mormon every two months. I have the tally marks in the front of my missionary Book of Mormon where I read it once, twice, 5 times, 10 times. Then it moved over to the French Book of Mormon with a  tally mark for each time that I had read it in French.

    I remember being on fire and wanting to learn everything I could. I had a thirst for learning. I told President Andersen that I had started in the old testament and was going to read the Bible cover to cover.  He suggested that I start with the New Testament.  He told me of his love for the words of the Savior in the new testament and that it would be helpful for me to read it cover to cover first. I was glad that I followed his instructions. Not long after finishing it I had someone challenge me saying that I probably had never even read the new testament. I was able to say that I had read it from cover to cover.

    When he would interview us, he would have a shoe shine kit there. As we would talk, he would take our shoes and polish them. It was an incredible act of service.  Now as I look back at it, and now that he is an apostle, I can see more symbolism in this, as it reminds me of the Savior washing his apostles’ feet.  John 13:5  it says, 5 After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to awash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

    Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? 7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. 8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. I understand a little of what Peter was saying there. He felt like he should not be the one having his feet washed, but should be washing the feet of Jesus Christ. 

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    • 17 min
    The Silent Treatment - Ep. 43

    The Silent Treatment - Ep. 43

    Welcome, everybody!  I am recording from the lovely town of Port Angeles, Washington.

    This past week I was able to go to stake girls camp for the last evening. They give the bishops an hour and a half to spend with the young women. Played paper airplane golf. What an awesome thing that is to be able to connect with the young women in the ward. I know that there are some things that I will look back on very fondly one day of the time that I served as a bishop, and this is going to be one of them. I hope that they continue that tradition each year.

    Well today I have a good show for you about the silent treatment. So let’s get to it.

    I read an article in The Atlantic written by Daryl Austin who is based in Utah. He spoke of the silent treatment.  It reminded of two families on my mission. They shared a driveway that went out to the main road. You would go down this dirt road and then it split into a Y and one went to one house and the other went to the other house.

    There was an accident.

    They hadn’t spoken to each other in years.

    They stopped going to church.

    They are next door neighbors.

    The silent treatment goes by many names: shunning, social isolation, stonewalling, ghosting. Although psychologists have nuanced definitions for each term, they are all essentially forms of ostracism. And the tactic is nothing new. Ancient Greeks would get expelled for 10 years if they were thought to be a threat to democracy. Early American settlers banished people accused of practicing witchcraft.  Some churches like the Church of Scientology recommends total “disconnection” from anyone deemed antagonistic toward the religion.

    So this type of Ostracism can also happen in many ways maybe someone walks out of the room in the middle of a conversation.

    Someone looks the other way when you wave at them, or a person addresses comments from everyone in a message thread except you. The article says that “Ostracism can take a heavy toll whereby victims become anxious, withdrawn, depressed, or even suicidal.”

    He quoted Joel Cooper a psychology professor at Princeton. “Because we humans require social contact for our mental health, the ramifications of isolation can be severe,”    “In the short term, the silent treatment causes stress. In the long term, the stress can be considered abuse.”

      “People use the silent treatment because they can get away with it without looking abusive to others,” Williams explained, “and because it’s highly effective in making the targeted individual feel bad.”

    Tune in to hear the rest! 

    Rocky Mountain Sunshine Podcast by Jason Bringhurst who is a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sometimes referred to as Mormon or Mormons. 


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    • 15 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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Great Podcasts for these Difficult Times

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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