How Daniel Survived A Second Lions’ Den

Almost everyone's familiar with the story of Daniel being consigned to the den of lions by King Darius' jealous counselors for praying to the Lord. But did he face another lions' den? Bel and the Dragon recounts apocryphal stories about Daniel, including another...

Mission Competition

You know you’re going to lose, right? Whatever! I’m already winning! You all know that if I wanted to, I would win this competition, hands down! Our family loves friendly competition. Our expertise with trash talk often causes guests to question our relationships,...

Good Ways to Be Disobedient

Being a parent does not make me a better person; however, it does make it more difficult to deny my flaws. All of my flaws are magnified in the behavior and thoughts of my children, and when I watch them I understand my Father in Heaven and myself just a little bit...

Generals

The following article is an excerpt from ‘The Restoration of the Church, Why Now?’ from a devotional given at Ricks College by Hyrum W. Smith. These words were true then, and they are just as true today. These words still thrill me.   On one occasion, President McKay,...

Always Parents: Parenting Adult Children

Parents breathe a sigh of relief when their children graduate high school and reach the age of independence. Adult children make plans for their future and begin to make a life for themselves. But what do parents do when their adult children are not motivated for a...

12 Things I Wish Every Primary Teacher Knew

My son in on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). He is high functioning, but from the minute he turned 3 he has really struggled with Primary. Here are a few things I wish every Primary teacher and leader knew because it would make it much easier for him to function and enjoy...

Mission Gossip

Once there were two missionary companions who enjoyed being together very much. Elder Bo and Elder Mo worked hard together, sharing triumphs and trials in equal measure. As they became better acquainted, they shared their experiences working with other missionaries in...

University Paper

When I went to the university, I expect my ultimate goal was graduation. But what I got was beyond my fondest imagination. This was the realization of my life’s dreams. And yet, the manifestation of my reality was not what I expected or even comprehended. How could...

Draw Closer to God and Spouse

Throughout the scriptures, we are warned that in the last days, perilous times will come (2 Timothy 3:1-7). During these perilous times, three unbecoming traits come to mind which upset the balance and peace of a marriage and choosing to be close to God.  ...

The Best Career Advice Ever

Listen up! I am about to give you the best career advice ever, and it’s short, simple, and absolutely free.   1) Do something.   Take a wild guess at something that might provide a good paycheck or you might enjoy or you might be good at. Do some research on how to...

Recognizing and Helping an Autism Meltdown

This article was previously published in Abby's column on Patheos.com.  When my son was younger, he was overly emotional. I used to joke that he was my little drama queen.  We would come home from a long day where he was reasonably well behaved, but the moment we got...

A Valentine’s From Partner

The Ward Easter Party of April 2016 had the kids out on the church lawn playing relay games. I wandered over to check out the action.  The game leader told everyone to pair off for a three-legged race.  One four-year-old girl named Rachel Kauihou looked around for a...

Missionaries: Email Your Mama!

Saturday, I start getting excited for your email. On Monday: I start hopefully checking my email at 720a.m. I start anxiously checking at 8 a.m. I start worrying at 815a.m. I consider calling the mission office to find out if you’ve been hospitalized at 8:25 a.m.  ...

What is My Assignment?

Occasionally, it is necessary for me to reevaluate what I’m doing with my life. I enjoy life, but I want to make sure that I’m doing what Heavenly Father wants me to do. When I find myself sitting in my chair watching reruns of shows I have memorized, I start asking...

A Yard Sale Fundraiser

Typically when my oldest daughter, Michelle, comes to me with the words, “Mom, I have an idea…” I cringe. Half the time I don’t realize I’m doing it, but you have to understand something. These ‘ideas’ range from putting together her newest recipe (”You take some...

The Plague of This World

Imagine the following dialog. “I just heard the bubonic plague is infecting tens-of-thousands of people all across the northern part of the state. In fact, this morning the outbreak is just 60 miles north of us. What are you going to do? “Well. I have some Christmas...

The Fearless Cycle

Mormons have often learned about the Pride Cycle in the Book of Mormon. A community lives righteously, then they are blessed and enriched, then they become prideful. When people are prideful, God finds a way to humble them. When the people are challenged with war,...

Why Does God Let Us Suffer?

This article was previously published in Abby's blog on Patheos.com. I have a friend who has cancer. It's pretty advanced. He's suffering a lot. He already has 4 kinds of cancer, and last week they found a cancerous brain tumor. Cancer number five.  After a quick...

Making Your Sunday Classes a Revelatory Experience

A purpose of the new LDS Relief Society and priesthood quorum first Sunday council meetings is to provide a set apart time and place for participants to have a revelatory experience. The first week allows an opportunity to receive collective inspiration by truly...

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