Breaking Free OR Shaking off Satan

After years of letting others tell me how I should be, I've had enough. My whole life I have been considered “plus size”. I’m tall. And even on my wedding day, when I was an extra 15 pounds lighter, I was still 5’ 10” and wore a size 12. That was plus size, which in...

“You Don’t Know Me”

The bridegroom denied access to five unwise virgins, saying they didn't know him. So how do we come to know Jesus Christ?   My mom, Darla Bushman, shared some thoughts about how one of her missionary experiences taught her to know Jesus Christ more completely...

Do Your Best

Do you remember hearing the saying, “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose as long as you do your best”? It’s most often used for children on sports teams and in other forms of competition. Some of us believed that, some of us didn’t.   What made the difference?...

Faith and Finances

I’d like to share a small piece of a dream I had last night. I know that seems a bit odd, but it was something that my mind needed to hear, and something that you might need to hear as well.   It was about money. That’s something that has been on my mind for the...

A Poem for Mothers

I have an amazing mother. I know everyone says that, but I really do. I receive so much of my love for life from her. During my years as a teenager, she was always quick to give advice or leave me a note of encouragement on my usually unmade bed. She came to every...

Promises Kept

A few years ago—quite a few years ago—I became aware of something called Napster. Do you remember it? When it first started, Napster was a grassroots sharing methodology where people all around the nation (perhaps the world) pooled the music on their computers. It was...

Those Days When Children Learn through Osmosis

I was not an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during most of the years we were raising our children. I did have a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We prayed together, we taught our children about the gospel, and we...

Infertility and God’s Miracle for Me

Disclaimer: This is my personal story about my fight with infertility, and the eventual miracle the Lord blessed me with. Everyone has their own story and their own views. I am not trying to preach in this post, but I do want to give a home to those who are hurting...

A Widow’s Mite—the Measure of Love

“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and...

Love and Appreciation for Mom

This article was written a few days before Mother’s Day. Soon it will be forgotten and discarded, but my joy and happiness and the difference written on my heart because of Mom has eternal consequences.   Today is my mom’s birthday. She is 90 years old. We are...

Baptism Miracles

This article is one in a series of stories about Lauren’s conversion. To read the others, click here.   As I prepared for my baptism, there were a lot of road bumps and a lot of miracles.   In the weeks prior, I had to decide who would baptize me. There was...

“The Father That Sent Me Beareth Witness of Me”

One of the verses in this week's Come Follow Me passages that really stuck out to me was John 8:18.   The Pharisees complained that the record Jesus bore was not true and that He shouldn't be bearing record of Himself. Jesus declares that His testimony is, in...

Fruits, Not Roots

I have been messaged by two people recently who either stopped believing God's prophets, lost faith in the truth of His Church, or just stopped believing in God entirely based on the behavior of past prophets and the more transparent Church history we now know about....

California Poppies: Reaching Toward the Light

In Northern California, we have beautiful orange poppies that grow in the wild everywhere. During my morning walks, I am always amazed to look up and see them spreading like orange wildfire all over the green, lush landscape. A friend of mine once pointed out...

Coming Home

I once heard the quip that a missionary should go on a mission if for no other reason than the homecoming. This sentiment sounds a little trite perhaps, but I can tell you from experience, coming home from a mission is a memorable and moving experience for all...

Knit (Or Crochet!) Together in Love

I was working on a crochet project the other day, and my mind was whirling. The yarn I was working with was multi-colored. When I first picked up the skein of yarn, the end of the strand was separated so you could see the different threads that were carefully wound...

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