Making Your Home a Haven Part 1

My son has always been a “clockwork kid”. From the time he was an infant he kept the same schedule. He would eat every three hours, almost to the minute. He woke and slept at the same times every day. And without fail he would wake up at 1 am and want to play until...

Motherhood on a Metal Chair in Haiti

James and Lila King adopted siblings from Haiti.  Lila traveled from Texas to Haiti for three years before the adoption finalized. She shared this story and I was so touched by not only her tender memory, but her mother-tenderness for a stranger in a tough situation....

When Kids Falter (or Fail)

What do we do as parents when our kids stray farther and farther away from gospel principles and safe living? What do we do if they fail to protect themselves and instead insist on striking out toward risky terrains?   I was reading today in 2 Kings and the lessons...

Music in Troubled Times

I ran across a beautiful story about the power of music the other day. I was looking for something appropriate to post on Memorial Day, because one of the best ways I know of to express strong emotions and bring peace is through music. With this account, I read the...

Spectrum Struggles

Life is harder for a person on the spectrum. Did you know that? If we were to compare a neurotypical (NT) brain and a high functioning autistic spectrum (HFASD) brain to two computers, the NT would be a PC and the HFASD brain would be an Apple.   They both...

Full Measure

We have been in our resident congregation for 16 years—my, how time flies. The majority of our children have graduated from this local high school and essentially our family has grown up here.   But it actually all started in Provo, Utah. I had just returned from my...

Life Changes and Faith

There are constant changes in life, and that makes it exciting—and sometimes unpredictable. Changes can be good or they can throw you off balance. When a change happens that throws you off balance, it’s important to regain stability—and that takes faith.   Compare...

9 Tips for Preparing For A New School

My son is starting a new school. He has a lot of anxiety with any new things. So I got some tips from the professionals that really made a big difference, and I wanted to share. These tips can be used for any new experience your child will have. We use them for Scout...

Is There Only One “Typical” Way to Fulfill a Calling?

Recently I stumbled into, and then out of, a conversation about the way a person served in a church calling. The instigator of the topic kept saying, "If [so and so] would just do this or that, then [so and so] would be great in the calling."   I knew the person being...

I’m Doing Everything Right — So Why is Life Harder Than Ever?

Throughout my life, I've experienced — as have most of you, I'm sure — times when I've wondered, "I'm doing everything right. I'm trying so hard to be good and to follow God. So why am I not being blessed? Why is this trial not being lifted from me?"   I felt it on my...

Learning the Gospel From My Father

I grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I can’t really say we were a model LDS family. Oh, in a lot of ways we were, but in some very basic ways we weren’t. We only ever had a handful of Family Home Evenings, we hardly ever ate...

Rules Are Given For A Reason

When I had my final interview with my stake president so that I could send in my mission papers (my application to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), I was given two points of counsel from my Stake President.   For...

The Matchless Gift of the Savior

A great deal of this article is pulled from recent articles of mine, but I have found that repetition truly is a great teacher.   I always wondered how this was going to happen. When word came that it was time to make the trip back to Missouri in preparation for the...

Parley P. Pratt

One of the original twelve apostles called under Joseph Smith, Jr. was Elder Parley P. Pratt. I have always felt an affinity to this man because of the strength and power of the words he has written.   A particular story I recall was when Parley was staying at a hotel...

Jesus Christ and His Pre-mortal Identity

The name for the Babe of Bethlehem was given by divine revelation to Mary: “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS” (Luke 1:...

Go and Become a Good Christian

Have you ever had to choose between people you love and something you believe is right? My friend (who asked to remain anonymous) faced that scenario after accepting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She grew up in a Buddhist nation and expected repercussions for accepting...

Lessons Learned

In light of this being Emlee Taylor's last post, we want to say a special thank you for all of her words of encouragement, pieces of advice, and above all, her testimony of the Savior. We are so grateful to have had Emlee with us these past three years, and we'll miss...

Can We Endure without Seeing the End from the Beginning?

One of my all-time favorite scriptures is a relatively obscure one — James 5:10-11. It reads,   10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 Behold, we count...

Thy Sister’s Keeper

Into every life there come the painful, despairing days of adversity and buffeting. There seems to be a full measure of anguish, sorrow, and often heartbreak for everyone, including those who earnestly seek to do right and be faithful.   The thorns that prick, that...

Fast Offerings

To the police officer that pulled me over this morning, thank you.   We don’t normally expect to be grateful to a patrolman for pulling us over. I recognize that. But for me, today, I feel a degree of gratitude. I have been reflecting on the experience all day long....

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