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I recently had the opportunity to attend a performance by one of the most unique talents of the LDS music scene. Paul “Cactus Jack” La Marr is an Australian Mormon who performed live at an event I attended last month. I was stunned (and very moved) by his soulful, passionate takes on Latter-day hymns. I approached him and found him genuine, humble, and faithful. He enthusiastically agreed to my request for one of his albums to review, as I wanted to spread the word about his talents.

Cactus’ latest album, A Carpenter’s Hymns Volume II, is one that I heartily recommend for all Christian homes. He breathes new life into Christ-centered favorites (his take on “If You Could Hie to Kolob,” for example, is a powerhouse delight). My family has had the album on repeat for the past few Sundays. It’s a marvelous stocking-stuffer for the music lover in your family.

You can buy A Carpenter’s Hymns Volume II, along with Cactus Jack’s other works here. To learn more about this performer, “like” his Facebook page.


  1. Where Can I Turn for Peace?
  2. I Need Thee Every Hour
  3. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
  4. Did You Think to Pray?
  5. Lead Kindly Light
  6. Our Savior’s Love
  7. Abide with me, ‘Tis Eventide
  8. If You Could Hie to Kolob
  9. Give Said the Little Stream
  10. How Gentle God’s Commands

Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist available for online sessions throughout Utah and face-to-face sessions in St. George. He was the co-host of The KJZZ Movie Show, winner of the campus-wide BYU Talent Show, performer with Divine Comedy, and star of numerous independent action-comedies. His book 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families is now available in paperback and Kindle. For Jonathan’s relationship tips and family movie reviews please visit