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Chocolate Cake Bytes

Chocolate Cake Bytes is a Latter-day Saint culture discussion. Chocolate cake represents everything that is good, and Chocolate Cake Bytes are the nuggets of understanding that has made my life better. And I'd like to share some chocolate cake bytes with you.

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Ep. 143: "We Need to Stop Treating People as Expendable."
I heard this quote on another podcast, and in true Chocolate Cake Bytes fashion, Annette was totally on board to have a conversation.We end up pulling in references from past weeks' discussions about decision-making.How are we treating people as expendable, and how can we stop?Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
51:01 5/17/24
Ep. 142: "A Bad Decision is Better than No Decison"
In the fourth week of our Decision series, Annette is back, and we discuss whether a bad decision is better--or worse--than no decision at all.And Why?Next week, we will discuss, "Stop Treating People like they are Expendable."Comments on either topic? Reach out to me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.comPlease like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
47:45 5/10/24
Ep. 141: Oh, Say What is Truth?
Instead of calling this episode "Decisions, decisions, decisons," we decided to talk about What is Truth?Annette and I dicsuss how to know "Big-T Truth"Did we get it right?Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
43:29 5/3/24
Ep. 140: Decisions, Decisions
This is NOT a repeat of last week's conversation.Actually, we bring Annette back for her perspective. I heard someone ask rhetorically if, when we pray about a decision, are we expecting God to decide things for us?We talk about what takes us so long to decide things and what we think God's role is (or should be) when we are making decisions or our life.Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
54:44 4/26/24
Ep. 139: Decisions
Ken has been thinking a lot about decisions, when he heard someone say he takes a long time to make a decision.What takes a long time? What are we looking for or waiting for?We talk about some ideas and perspecties about the art and process of deciding things.Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
20:18 4/19/24
Ep. 138: Music and the Gospel, with Nathan Bradford
Easter was a few weeks ago, but it's still fresh in my mind. I mentioned on my Easter episode that I had heard some new music published by Nathan R. Bradford (https://linktr.ee/nathanrbradfordmusic for links to his content) and I was impressed.I reached out to Nathan, and he was kind enough to chat. We talk about his process, and how he uses music to enhance the stories (and doctrines) that are taught in the scriptures. Give his music a listen. It will help bring the scriptures to life.Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
46:25 4/12/24
Ep. 137: Not Something ELSE About the Eclipse!!
A total solar eclipse is coming!Have you heard about it? Including the conspiracy theories?Well, if you haven't experienced a total (100% totality) solar eclipse, I think you should. Get to the path of totality, if you can.My words won't do it justice. You'll have to experience it  yourself. Just like everything else.Trust me. It's worth it.https://www.solareclipsetimer.com/Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
11:38 4/5/24
Ep. 136: Happy Easter!
Today (as the podcast is released) is Good Friday. This means that Sunday is Easter.Why is Easter a big deal? More than candy and hard boiled eggs?I share my thoughts this week. Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
11:37 3/29/24
Ep. 135: Toxic Perfectionism
What is toxic about perfectionism? And how does that have anything to do with pushups?This week I share some of my recent thoughts about integrity, perfectionism, right vs. wrong, and doing 100 pushups in a day.Man, that was hard.Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
23:45 3/22/24
Ep. 134: The Test Is Not the Test
During a recent conversation with Annette, we discussed the idea that "this life is a test."What if the test is not the test?We (eventually) came full circle on this discussion. We'd love to know what you think...Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
54:11 3/15/24
Ep. 133: ANOTHER Take on Following God's Plan
It came up again."How can I know if I'm following God's plan for me?"Well, can we know?I think so. IF we understand what God's plan is. For me, and for you.Here's my latest take:Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
15:30 3/8/24
Ep. 132: How Streaking has Made Me More of Who I Want to Be
In what feels like a series of random thoughts, this week I talk about becoming, about habits, and about setting regular patterns, or "streaks."I have been using The Streaking App for a couple of months, and it has been game changing for me.Check it out here: https://www.thestreakingapp.com/Let me know if it helps you!Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
22:03 3/1/24
Ep. 131: Belief or Faith
As a boy, my dad reported that he prayed for years to understand what faith is.And he didn't teach me what he learned. Just that he better understood faith.I have had a hard time understanding how to distinguish belief from faith.So, Annette and I tackle this one.We reference this video: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/video/2014-11-0010-the-refiners-fire?lang=engPlease like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
56:23 2/23/24
Ep. 130: Can We Know God's Plan for Us?
This week, Brendan joins again to discuss what "God's Plan" for us is.We discover that there is a big picture "God's plan" and a nitty-gritty detailed "God's Plan."We talk about the difference and how we can move forward understanding the distinction between the twoPlease like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
37:57 2/16/24
Ep. 129: Is it Personal Confirmation or Personal Revelation?
We say we believe in personal revelation.But do we? What is personal revelation, actually?Annette joins again to discuss the difference between Personal Confirmation and Personal Revelation. How do we know what we are feeling?Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
57:35 2/9/24
Ep. 128: Does God Have a Plan for us? And If So, What Is It?
We recently talked about expectations we can (should?) have of God.And, we also have talked about whether we have to like God's plan for us.And then Annette wanted to push back on what it means for God to have a plan for us.So, here we are. Annette and Brendan discuss their opinions on God's plan. What it means, and how it relates to expectations we can (should?) have of Him.Thougths? Please share. ken@chocolatecakebytes.comPlease like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
49:01 2/2/24
Ep. 127: Do I Have to Love God's Plan for Me?
Life is HARD. And then you die. (OR someone close to you does.)Brendan raises the question, do I have to love God's plan for me?We can assume His plan is perfect.We can assume His plan will take us where we need to go.We can assume His plan will teach us what we need to be and do.But do we have to like it? Do we have to enjoy the process?This is our take. The short answer is no. The long answer is no. So how do we survive it?Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
51:39 1/26/24
Ep. 126: Expectations of God
Do we have expectations of God? If so, what are they? If not, why not?If we do have expectations of God, are they good expectations?This week, Annette and I spend a lot of time discussing expectations, perfectionism, and wrong choices, asking where personal agency falls in the process.Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
57:28 1/19/24
Ep. 125: Connecting with God through Different Languages
And...we're back with a conversation!Elder (Kyler) Lopez returns to follow up on the conversation we started several months ago...How do you deepen your connection with God through different languages?There are a couple of ways we tackled this, and maybe one (or more) resonates with you?What topics should we tackle in the coming year?Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
55:16 1/12/24
Ep. 124: Becoming a Better You This Year
Happy New Year! It's that time again when we talk about goals!No, not really. At this point, I'm more focused on Becoming than Achieving.What do you want to let go? How were you last year that you no longer want to be?And what will you be instead?I share an exercise I went through at the end of the year to mark my Becoming journey. I'll update you soon.In the meantime, there's still time to visit the Giving Machines in many places. Or give online at  https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist/light-the-world/giving-machines Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
15:07 1/5/24
Ep. 123: Be Generous
It is fun being generous.This week, I talk about my experience at the North Indianapolis Giving Maching. You can check to see if there's one near you at:https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist/light-the-world/giving-machinesAlso, if there's not one close by, find a cause that resonates with you and give.It truly is a blessing to give.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
09:33 12/29/23
Ep. 122: Goals. (Again?!)
It's that time again, when we start thinking about goals.With my dad's recent passing, I've been reviewing some of the things I have learned from him--both good and bad. And I'm learning that the way I have been thinking about goals has been, well, incomplete.This week, we discuss a twist on the traditional approach to SMART goals that has made a big difference for me. Maybe it'll make a difference for you, too...?Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
24:00 12/22/23
Ep. 121: Tender Mercies are Wherever You're Looking for Them
I believe that we find what we are looking for.Therefore, Tender Mercies are wherever you're looking for them. Or, you might find hate, violence, unkindness, and the like.This week, I share my own experience with a tender mercy.  Maybe that's what it was, or maybe not.What are you looking for? Whatever it is, you will find it.Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
16:07 12/15/23
Ep. 120: Focus on the Right Things
In a truly spontaneous and raw episode, I share some insights that I am gaining as I navigate the conflicts that have interrupted my focus on my personal goals. Have any thoughts on how to achieve goals or focus on changing priorities as urgent things interrupt the plan?  I'd live to hear them at ken@chocolatecakebytes.comPlease like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
17:49 12/10/23
Ep. 119: Ministering with Chocolate Cake
This week, I'm sharing an interview I did with Latter Day Lights. Check them out here:https://www.latterdaylights.com/podcast/I share the entire Chocolate Cake story--how I started sharing cake and why I continue.Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
67:22 12/1/23
Ep. 118: Counsel with the Lord
My dad's favorite scripture is Alma 37:37, which starts, "Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and He will direct the for good."What does that mean? How do we counsel with God? And what should we expect to happen?And what happens when we do in our actual lives?In what feels like a series of random thoughts, I share some things that have been on my mind...Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
25:21 11/24/23
Ep. 117: Today I'm Grateful for...
Seventeen years ago today, Marcene was in an accident that changed our lives.We learned what we were capable of.We learned to recognize God's hand in our difficulties.And we welcomed Baby Eddison into our lives.Today, I re-read the summary of events that I wrote the day after.What are you grateful for?Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
20:12 11/17/23
Ep. 116: Think Celestial!
After the October, 2023 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I heard a lot of talk about President Nelson's talk, "Think Celestial."Some was from raving fans.Some was from people who didn't love it.Me? Somewhere in the middle.So I wanted to dig into it and explore what it means to me. And Annette was willing.Here we are, sharing our ideas about what it means to Think Celestial.What are your thoughts?Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
54:32 11/10/23
Ep. 115: Lay your Burdens at His Feet
What does it mean to Lay our Burdens at the feet of the Savior?What burdens should we be willing to place in His care?How do we do it?I've been thinking about this recently, as I'm  preparing for a Turtle House fireside to be given later this year.  Here are my thoughts.Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
25:59 11/3/23
Ep. 114: Be Ye Therefore Perfect
I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be perfect.This podcast isn't perfect. I dropped my phone, so the audio isn't perfect.I say "So,..." too many times. So my script isn't perfect.I missed an episode last week, so my schedule isn't perfect.What's the goal?Share your thoughts. I shared mine...Please like, share, subscribe, and give us a review. You can email me at ken@chocolatecakebytes.com and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateCakeByteshttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatecakebytes/Check out my new podcast: Bad Boss Podcast athttps://play.disctopia.com/podcasts/bad_boss_podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts
26:32 10/20/23