Trust the Lord in Your Personal Commandments

Do you trust the Lord has a plan for your life? Do you trust the small, personal things He asks you to do—whether they make sense or not?   I've always trusted the Lord had a plan for me and my life. Especially when my life started looking different than my...

The Importance of Subtle Talents

Author's Note: This post is based on one I wrote for my personal blog a few years ago.   Recently I had an interview for a writing internship. It was over Skype and so I primped and even put on a dress (as if they could see whether I was wearing skinny jeans or...

What It Means to Me to Be an LDS Woman, Part II: 2019

This blog post contains mature themes dealing with abuse that may not be suitable for all readers. Reader discretion is advised.    Author's Note: A lot has changed in the 39 years since the original article was written. I am humbled by the manner in which Church...

Be Ye Reconciled to God, Part II

This post is a continuation of last week's article, "Be Ye Reconciled to God, Part I."    Another word that I find beautiful and applicable to “Be ye reconciled to God is metanoia.    Metanoia—a change of heart based on a religious conversion   Wouldn’t...

Relentless

Author's Note:This piece started as a regular article but morphed into a letter to my son. The reason is that I used some of the songs he produced to make my point and celebrate the great plan of happiness.   The one constancy in life is change. That dichotomy...

Happiness vs. Joy

We all want to be happy. That’s a given. I think we would all agree, however, that sometimes we get confused as to the definition of happiness. We are told to be “joyful.” Indeed, the scriptures tell us, “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have...

Why Did My Child Regress?: Decoding My Autism.net

I don't normally do this. My brother writes a blog called Decoding My Autism.net and it's amazing. I read it all the time and learn so much. This week, his article was one that I just have to share with all of you. So if you would like to read it on his blog you can,...

Does God Really Know Who I Am?

Does Heavenly Father really love everyone? How is that possible? There are so many people! Can He really answer all of our prayers? Does God really know who I am?   It doesn't seem to matter how I try These thoughts just keep returning to my mind   Will He...

Happiness and Faithfulness Go Hand in Hand

When things get tough, you can still find happiness in moving forward with faith. In fact, faith can be the key you need to unlock the hope in your heart, the potential of every day to be a gift of goodness and happiness.   Richard G. Scott is a late member of...

Be Ye Reconciled to God, Part I

Dear reader,   One of my favorite things to do is study the history behind words. There is so much to be learned from stripping a word straight down to its roots and digging around in the dirt to discover just where the true meaning came from. Let’s take the word...

The Keystone of Our Religion

If it is real, every claim made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. If it is false, the entire Church and gospel of Jesus Christ as found in this book is fabricated—a wholehearted deception.   That is the simple truth.   It all hinges...

Liking Yourself Doesn’t Make You Conceited

This article was originally published on LDS Blog's sister site, Third Hour.   Okay, so obviously Mean Girls isn’t often a vehicle for gospel learning (although, if I’m being totally honest, I did reference it in my missionary farewell talk), but I can’t think of...

The Powerful New Young Women’s Theme

I am in awe of the beauty and majesty in words chosen for the new young women’s theme announced in General Conference on Saturday. As sister Bonnie H. Cordon read it to all of us for the first time, the Spirit warmed my heart and I knew that it will change lives....

Living Prophets: The Blessings of General Conference

Every six months, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather round their televisions and computers, or assemble in church buildings all over the world to listen to leaders headquartered in Salt Lake City speak inspiring words. Like many members of the...

What it Means to Me to Be an LDS Woman, Part 1: The 1980s

Editor's Note: This article, written by its author in the 1980s, deals with the theme of abuse and how it is treated. When this piece was written, the world as a whole did not have the same capabilities and specialized tools that are available to us today in treating...

Manliness

This article on manliness begins with a few well-researched statistics.   There was a study done a few years back that showed the #1 most common factor in poverty in the United States is a fatherless home. In fact, in the same study, results were gathered for...

Blessings Without End

Anonymity is one of the valuable tools of a writer. It is not a cloak as much as it is a platform where we can speak without hesitation and fear. The readers may have preconceived notions and premonitions about the intent of the writing; anonymity helps eliminate such...

Teaching Resilience

Panic attacks and anxiety seem to be running rampant in our society—at least in my neck of the woods. More and more we are seeing young adults who don’t have the skills needed to cope in the real world. My heart goes out to them. As a mother, I want to give them all...

Service Brings The Greatest Blessings

Last Sunday, my husband and I were asked to speak in church. The bishop asked that we share some experiences in our lives that had built our testimonies. I thought right away of three amazing miracles in my life that I had to share. They are in order of sequence:...

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