Family Movie Night: The Wizard of OZ

There is perhaps no word that is more casually thrown around than ‘classic’ in the world of movies. In fact, my beloved Disney claims all of their animated films are ‘Disney Classics’. But occasionally there will be a movie that has a near universal agreement that classic or masterpiece is the appropriate hyperbole to describe it. One such film is 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. It is either Mary Poppins or Wizard of Oz that to my eyes is the greatest live action family film ever made. It’s actually kind of hard to write about Wizard of Oz because I love it so much but I will make the attempt.

Kid’s Health- Part 4 ADHD

**Disclaimer** While the word of wisdom gives us basic guidelines for health, it leaves the interpretation of those guideline up to the individual members. This blog is not intended to replace your medical professional or the divine revelation of the Word of Wisdom, but rather it is practical knowledge that I have accumulated over the years in my own pursuit of a healthier lifestyle which I am passing along in the hopes that it will benefit others.**

You’d Do the Same

Traveling in the car with my college age son who was home on a break, we passed a friend going in the opposite direction. I’d been catching him up on folks and so I mentioned some of the things she had been going through in the last couple of years.  I said “She has a really hard life.”  To which he replied:  “Some would say you have a hard life Mom.”  Oh really?  I guess that’s true; some might say that.  

Love One Another

My wife and I taught the 13 and 14-year-old class a short time ago—Maddy and Tristan and Eliza and Shaun, two Sydnees and Josh and Trevor. We heard a story about a Sunday School teacher that told each student “I love you” every week. We adopted that strategy and our class blossomed.

Faith is a Choice, Not a Chance

Sometimes we look at someone and marvel at how much faith they have. Sometimes we wonder how someone can have so little faith. Faith is not like a talent where some can develop it and some cannot. It is more like a trait that anyone can develop if they are willing to put in the work and the time.

Family Movie Night: Barbie Swan Lake

As an animation fan I love finding little gems that are much better than you expect. I can honestly say the Barbie movies fit into this category. They are easy dismiss as direct to dvd films made solely to sell toys to little girls but that is doing them a disservice. They are better than that and I think they can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Kid’s Health- Part 3- School Lunch

**Disclaimer** While the word of wisdom gives us basic guidelines for health, it leaves the interpretation of those guideline up to the individual members. This blog is not intended to replace your medical professional or the divine revelation of the Word of Wisdom, but rather it is practical knowledge that I have accumulated over the years in my own pursuit of a healthier lifestyle which I am passing along in the hopes that it will benefit others.**

Writing Your Story

There’s a saying that goes, “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one”. We all can agree on how true that is.  But it seems so difficult to do just that- to keep moving forward and reading and creating new chapters.

How a Priest’s Prayer Changed Everything

I watched the priests as they took their places at the Sacrament table.  They were smiling and talking.  I enjoyed their mutual friendliness.  I could tell the tall one in the middle was a jokester.  Everything from his mop of curly red hair to his Scooby Doo tie to his broad smile indicated that he didn’t take life seriously. “What a goofball,” I laughed to myself.

One Step Closer to Zion

Several things in this last Conference signaled to me that times are changing, and the Church is also changing. It started with the emphasis given in the women’s session on the refugees. The quotes in this article are from Linda K. Burton’s talk, which focused on the refugees from around the world. But my focus is on the changes that will take place in our hearts if we actually step up and start to do what the leadership of the Church is asking us to do.

Family Movie Night: Saturday’s Warrior

Nostalgia is a tricky thing when it comes to movies. Some movies require it to be enjoyable and some movies are bolstered and made better by it. The Peanuts Movie, for instance, is a film that was made better by nostalgia.  I really loved that film on its own merits but my nostalgia for all things Peanuts made me especially love it. With the recent LDS film, Saturday’s Warrior, nostalgia may take viewers a long way in enjoying the film.  However, as someone who has little to no nostalgia for Saturday’s Warrior, it isn’t a great movie.

Love the Lord By Serving

Sunday morning, I walked about before our meetings began and greeted my friends and caught up on our weekly happenings. As I visited with my friend Ginny, she shared with me how she had almost called me because she was in desperate need of safety pins and didn’t have any at her home.

Kid’s Health- Part 2

**Disclaimer** While the word of wisdom gives us basic guidelines for health, it leaves the interpretation of those guideline up to the individual members. This blog is not intended to replace your medical professional or the divine revelation of the Word of Wisdom, but rather it is practical knowledge that I have accumulated over the years in my own pursuit of a healthier lifestyle which I am passing along in the hopes that it will benefit others.**

How I Joined the LDS Church

Hello, everyone!  My name is Jen and I’m so thrilled to be a part of this amazing opportunity to spread hope and courage to all the LDS Blogs readers.

A Child’s Soul

“My kids are driving me crazy!!” Does that sound familiar? It seems we hear this phrase more often than not. You always hear those horror stories when your toddler gets into someone else’s diaper bag, and opens and dumps the entire can of formula.  (Don’t ask me where that example came from!) Or you hear things about them being too loud,  or talking too much or even being “annoying”. Yes, those are times that we all can relate to, but I think we can go overboard sometimes in sharing those stories and lose sight of the wonderful beautiful beings children really are. I am reminded of the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 18:10

Your Journal Is For Others

What’s in a name? I start with this simple question because the answer is both surprising and significant, and it may change your life. I remember a story told about President George Albert Smith:

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