Prized

I have some random thoughts to share with you. At first you may think they are unrelated. They are not. They are definitely related.   a great stallion at full gallop in a meadow, who—   at his master’s voice—seizes up to a stunned but instant halt. . . ....

Learning to Live Each Day with Faith

I’ve had an interesting week—frustrating, but interesting. The thing about frustration is that it is often a learning experience. I usually drive my husband to clean the temple on Mondays. While he is cleaning, I walk the temple grounds, read my scriptures, and...

Treasuring the Difficult Trails

Some long-time friends of mine visited Hawaii from Texas. After chatting with them a little, I could tell that the two oldest really wanted to do some cliff jumping. I told them about the hike to Maunawili Falls. It's a fun hike through a rain forest, across and along...

Smile

We just endured the sixth surgery of our one-year-old little girl. She has had three heart surgeries and three bowel surgeries. This last surgery was to reverse the colostomy, which happened to be the first surgery she received three days into life.   We were...

Hasten His Coming

I had an interesting discussion with my wife this morning. The conversation was spurred on by news about the challenges of our day. Many have heard about the disparaging obituary for President Thomas S. Monson written by the New York Times. I have not read it. I never...

On Being Mad at God

There's something I've been thinking about a lot lately, and while it's not doctrine (so don't quote me on this!), I've come to a conclusion: it's okay to be angry at God. Well, kind of.   Here's the thing: God doesn't NEED you to be His friend. He doesn't need...

From Busyness to Productive Impact

We bought a Roomba to confront the daily household dog hair and dust invasion. We weren't willing to get rid of the dog and I want the windows open. So an automatic, robotic vacuum cleaner provided a great solution.   Roomba sometimes seems like a toddler. When...

Seek Not to Counsel the Lord

Have you ever been faced with a personal problem in which you felt you knew exactly how the problem should be solved, but also knew it was beyond your ability to solve it? Have you ever been tempted to go to the Lord and say, “Okay, God, here’s the problem and here’s...

Happiness is More Than an Adventure

Imagine you have a beautiful little girl. Her hair is silken, her eyes sparkle, her voice is a song to your ears. She is such a precious child and you want nothing but the best for her. She deserves every happiness she can obtain in life.   Your dear child...

What I Learned from President Nelson’s Devotional

Featured image via LDS.org: "President Russell M. Nelson speaks to a record crowd of [68,000] people gathered for a devotional at the State Farm Stadium in Phoenix on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News."   On February 10th, 2019,...

My Journal

I work for a company that really appreciates what I do. How do I know that? They pay me for my services, make the workplace fun, provide great insurance and benefits—and interestingly, they encourage me to copy.   Generally, forgery is frowned upon. You wouldn’t...

Love Me, Even When We Disagree

If you are a regular reader, you know that I was not active in the Church for 20 years. I’ve written before about that time in my life, and the assumptions made by others. I’ve often said that we need to get a lot better about understanding those who choose not to...

Could the Word Of Wisdom Be the Cure to Global Warming?

I was reading an article in the BBC this morning and something jumped out at me. They were asking if you could influence global warming by what you bought at the grocery store, or more specifically, how you chose to eat. Then they started to totally support the Word...

Seeking the Redemption of Zion

When the Latter-day Saints experienced intense persecution and violence in Missouri, the Lord called the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio, to join Zion’s Camp to redeem Zion. Those hearing the call to join recognized the imminent danger. Heber C. Kimball wrote:   “We...

The Value of Our Spiritual Experiences

In 1988 I was serving as a counselor in a stake presidency in Northern California. Elder J. Thomas Fyans of the Seventy was assigned as our visiting general authority. None of us in the presidency had ever met Elder Fyans before. As is usual for visiting general...

The Ugly Side of Beauty

The focus on outward beauty instead of inward beauty sent a young woman into the spiraling chaos of eating disorders and exercise anorexia. The powerful story of how friends and professionals came together to save her.

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