The Sacrament – The Veil

To some extent, I'd always looked at the Sacrament table with its white cloth as a metaphorical funeral pyre. The prayers say we eat and drink in remembrance of Christ's body and His blood shed for us. I always saw that as representative of His death. And I believe...

It’s Not Where You Serve, But How

There is an aspect of LDS culture that offends me: the culture of calling competition.   The idea that what calling you hold somehow equates to your spiritual worthiness before God.   Sadly, there are times when someone feeds into this cultural misconception with an...

What Matters Most is What Lasts Longest

Elder M. Russell Ballard, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke several years ago on the topic, "What Matters Most is What Lasts Longest."  As I read his talk, it struck a chord with me.   So often as we're parenting our children, we get...

How Satan Battles Truth

This post was originally published in 2008. Minor revisions have been made.    Satan’s sole purpose in his life is to make everyone as miserable as he is, and the best way to do this is to battle truth. If he can turn people away from God, the Savior, and the saving...

Lessons from the Farm

I have written before about my experience growing up on the farm. It was difficult work for a child, but loving parents disrupted their lives to give us children an opportunity that has come to bless me every day and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.   I...

Seek Me Diligently

Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. (Doctrine and Covenants 88:63) My previous article focused on answering the first of the following four...

I’ve Seen Heaven

I've seen Heaven. And it's beyond beautiful. No, I didn't have a near death experience. I was given this brief glimpse in a dream. I firmly believe that God speaks to us in dreams. And this time, He was giving me a vision of hope. Let me explain.   I had been feeling...

The Sacrament – Living Water

In vision, Ezekiel saw water springing beneath the temple in Jerusalem and flowing down the mountain east towards the Dead Sea, would heal everything, including the Dead Sea.   [T]the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth,...

Final 100 Days

Imagine for a moment that you know the exact date of your death. In exactly 100 days, you will no longer be here on the earth.   What will you do in your final days? What or who will become a priority? What or who will no longer be a priority?   Get Rid of It   If I...

On the Origin of Man

The debate over the true origin of man has been going on for centuries and maybe even millennia. In today's world, how we came into being is divided into two basic camps or major points of view.   On one hand, there is the group that says we evolved slowly over eons...

He Knows Me

If you've read any of my posts before, there's one thing you know about me: I have stomach problems. (I get it; you're probably all like, "YEAH, WE KNOW! Get some new material!" But it's essential to the story, so... Deal with it.)   Those stomach problems all started...

Everyday Clarity

Black as a cat, blue in the face, red-handed—idioms are a combination of words that create a meaning that is different from the inference of the individual words themselves. English expressions can be confusing because they sometimes seem to be illogical.   Let me use...

Spiritual Self-Reliance by Personal Revelation

I’ve struggled all my life with relying on Heavenly Father to help me with my problems. Soul searching over the years has enlightened me on why I have this problem, but the struggle continues.   I was a sickly child, and I think I got through it by sheer willpower and...

Footsteps in Faith

Sometimes faith in God requires us to go to the very edge of the light before receiving further instruction.

The Sacrament – Bread of Life

And [Jesus] took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.   I learned that the Greek word for bread, ἄρτου, also (significantly to me) designates the shewbread of Old...

Don’t Judge so Fast

A few summers back, a tattooed, young woman with multiple face piercings stood in line at a fabric store, waiting to get her fabric cut. As she waited, a mother with a young child cut in line in front of her, arms full of red, white, and blue fabric. While giving the...

The Sin of Pride

Jacob, the third prophet of the Book of Mormon, warned his people of the sin of pride. Today, we tend to praise pride as a value, but never does the Book of Mormon speak of pride as a virtue. God just doesn’t see pride the way we do today. Jacob warned:   13 And the...

Brothers

Excited to play Little League scrimmage, I joined the United Fence baseball team with my elder brother when I turned 8 years old. Playing baseball is great for many young men, but I remember for me this was a highlight of my youth. I wasn’t particularly good, but I...

The America I Love

This post was originally published on LDS Blogs in 2008. Minor changes have been made.   Today, as my husband and I were driving home from the gym, I heard Rush Limbaugh ask his listeners to think of the things about America that made us proud. I've had time to...

Choose Your Own Adventure

I must admit that I am an avid reader. So much so that I have on more than one occasion been called a bookworm. When I was a child, (when I first started really reading) one of my favorite book series was Choose Your Own Adventure. In these books, there were many...

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