What I Learned Being Thrown out of Church

This article was previously published on Patheos.com  Several years ago a woman I never got along with was asked to lead the women’s organization (Relief Society) in my church congregation (Ward). She was a former high school teacher who had ‘school marm’ written all...

When Satan Tried to Kill Adam and Eve

Have you ever wondered what happened to Adam and Eve when they left the Garden of Eden? We know they toiled by the sweat of their brow.  But have you ever thought about what they had to do survive?   Consider how Satan hoped to thwart God's plan by enticing Adam...

Mission Half-Time

52 weeks down, 52 weeks to go!   Our Elder is now halfway through his mission, and he has changed so much! Okay, not exactly changed, more like someone took the very best parts of him and boiled off all of the excesses. Our missionary is now a more concentrated...

General Conference- a gift

In the recent General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Robert D. Hales said: “The greatest blessings of General Conference come to us after the conference is over.” I have found that to be true in my life. Pondering the messages...

Becoming our Best

Yes, it is that wonderful time of year again.  When I get to summarize 9 months of stress, sweat, and sometimes tears into a few summary paragraphs of self-promotion somehow mixed with honesty.  The wonderful product called a self-assessment. Personally, I struggle...

Faith Fights Fear

When I think of fear, I see the “cliffs of insanity” talked of in “The Princess Bride” I am to climb.  I felt great fear being chased by a mad rooster as a teen. I feel fear and anxiety when I think of my single life after losing my husband to death. I felt fear when...

Daniel- Prophet of God

I loved to listen to my father tell us scripture stories. He had a knack for making words on a page transform into images and situations and drama and faith. For some reason, one of my favorite stories was that of Daniel and his interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s...

Murderers in their Hearts

I've been thinking a lot about Laman and Lemuel and the catalyst/catalysts that launched them from regular older brothers to "murderers in their hearts."   As I read Nephi's account of killing Laban again, I looked at the aftermath in a new way.  How did Nephi...

Solving the Rubik’s Cube of Life

When I was younger, I loved my Rubik’s Cube! I was great at mixing up the colored squares. Sometimes I could even get a line or two of one color back after much twisting and turning of the cube. However, by the end of my fascination with the Rubik’s Cube, it sat on a...

Our Unfinished Wars

Before I start, I want to clearly state that I write this as a private citizen and a student of history.  In writing this, I did all my research on the internet and I do not represent any organization or company.  I challenge you and obligate you to do your own...

Yielding Our Hearts unto Christ

After listening to the messages of the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a few weekends ago, one of those messages from Jean B. Bingham really struck a chord with me. Please take some time to watch it if you haven't yet. Here is a...

What’s Your Favorite Video?

A question. When was the last Internet video you watched? My guess is you responded today or possibly yesterday. I asked my 88-year-old mother the same question. She said, "Five minutes ago."   The point? Videos are becoming prolific, ubiquitous, and powerful....

Happiness, Choices, and Agency

Happiness is not dependent on the approval of others. It took me a lifetime to learn that. I don’t know why it was hard for me, but for whatever reason, that seemed to be one of the hardest things in my life to learn.   As most children, I wanted my parents to...

Thanksgiving and Christmas Unite!

Motherhood has been kicking my butt lately.  I wanted this 'job' of mothering so badly that I worked for years to get here.  And now I need sleep.  I used to think that my parents were going gray because they were getting old.  But I really think it has something to...

The Disciple Who Challenged Us to Be Disciples

In 1993, while serving in the Scotland Edinburgh Mission Office, I met Sister Mary Hales. She and her husband Robert D. Hales, Presiding Bishop of the Church at the time, were visiting an eastern bloc country when Bishop Hales experienced heart trauma and flew to...

Change Is a Good Thing

Missions are all about change. The initial change of leaving home, family, and friends. The changes to lifestyle. The changes to … well, just about everything from how you dress to how you interact with others!   In addition to these initial changes, there are...

Puppy Dog Restoration

My twentieth wedding anniversary is still a few years away.  However, to me, it seems that marriage is a lot about arm-twisting. You twist each other’s arms into certain decisions for good and for “not-so-good” throughout your marriage.  And you learn just how far to...

Be Kind, Pray and Work at Being Happy

That’s it!  I just had an epiphany! In thinking and writing and thinking some more, the above title became my mantra in my quest for a happy, married relationship.  The statistics are ugly. Over half the marriages end in divorce and that includes all Christian sects...

Finding Strength During Heartbreak

-By Kennedy Rohwer   John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”   How amazing is that scripture to think about? That it doesn’t...

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