Autism on Vacation—7 Tips to Make Travel Easier

We recently went on vacation to Orlando, Florida and brought the whole family. In the days before the trip, I did everything I could to ensure my high functioning autistic son would be comfortable on our journey. I packed his favorite stuffed animals, blankets, and...

Delivery

No. I do not work for Dominos , nor do I deliver pizza—not even close—but I do want to speak about delivery and how it gets done better than even the pizza-delivery-mega-machine Dominos does it. Now this might reach outside your comfort zone and what you believe is...

Hearing the Prophet

Recently, I was watching wild turkeys on the grounds of the Sacramento Temple. For years, a big flock of turkeys has enjoyed a really good thing there. They have the run of a huge area, and no one bothers them—except maybe the geese.   However, turkeys are not known...

What I’ve Been Learning On My Media Fast

I recently started a 10-day media fast. I was focusing on only watching/listening to media that a 5-year-old would be comfortable with. I cut out all the violence, swearing, and angry politics. I was excited to see what it would do for me and my family. But to be...

What Do You Do With the Moment?

Marie Osmond decided to spend her 59th birthday in concert with her brothers in Honolulu, Hawaii. She called up the Public Affairs representatives for Hawaii and said she'd also love to host a free interfaith concert the night before her public performance.  ...

Heaven and Hell

I was talking to my son the other day, and he surprised me by bringing up Hell. He wanted to know where he was heading and what it would be like. This healthy eight-year-old stunned me by the change in topic, but I tried to roll with it. (Obviously he is going to...

Home Churching

At some point in the next few days, the excitement of conference will wear off and will be replaced with questions — primarily, how are we going to implement the Church’s focus on the home and family as a unified source of gospel learning? As we do this, our minds...

Deception and Social Media

I love social media. In my life, I’ve lived all over the country. Social media helps me keep in touch with many friends from many places. I love to read what they are up to and see their kids growing up. We share laughter and memories online. I find that some of my...

Information Overload: Sharing Our Memories

It seems surreal to consider the wealth of information at our fingertips. I once misplaced a cherished family video that I thought I would be able to keep and share with family and posterity for a lifetime. As tragic as that seemed at the time, I am realizing now that...

Pressure to Be Perfect

“Elisha, I don’t think you’re a bad person. I think you have unrealistic expectations for yourself. You have all these ideas of what you should and shouldn’t be and you don’t allow yourself to make mistakes.”   This was the first time I had met with a therapist. I was...

ADD is Like Itchy Socks

Last week I had a mole removed from my foot. It was so itchy! I went to bed that night with my wooly socks on to protect the bandage. It was so itchy there was nothing else I could focus on. (I found out later that I had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia.) But...

Recharging Our Spiritual Battery

How do you recharge your spiritual battery? My friend Rachel Makaiwi-Tuiasosopo took the battery metaphor to a profound conclusion. Not only are there times we need a recharge, but there may be varying degrees and ways to do it.   From Rachel: Not long ago, my car...

A Marathon Body for Marathon Service

Every year, we are allowed one fundraiser for our Young Women’s organization. It is to raise money to send the teenage girls to a week-long camp. Our congregation or ward typically does a dinner with entertainment provided by the youth, baked-good sales, and silent...

Make Your Own Sensory Room

Many of you may know that Autism often comes with Sensory Integration issues. At least it does in our house. Because of that, I have learned several tricks that help calm or regulate my son. And today I am going to share my favorites. They are easy to do at home, and...

The Lifeline of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

You know I love words. How could I not? In this profession, the tactful turn of phrase is invigorating and refreshing. Simple prose can be inspiring, motivational, encouraging, and fun all at the same time. But admittedly, there are times when words fall short. Even a...

The Choices We Make Affect Others

The choices we make affect other people. We sometimes forget that. Whole generations can suffer the consequences of our actions. If we believe otherwise, we are kidding ourselves.   My grandmother was raised in the Church, but she left it all behind when she was 18...

Making Your Home A Haven: Part 2

Earlier I talked about the importance of making your home a haven for your special needs child. Sensory disorders can really make the world a challenging place. And having a safe space to come home to really makes the difference. Today I would like to expand on how...

Life’s Climb: Facing Fear and Weakness

It wasn't the first time I'd regretted making a promise. I promised to accompany a friend to the Pink Pillbox for sunset on the leeward side of Oahu. I'd done the hike six or so times and while it's not a killer hike for most people, it requires vigorous effort for...

When Your Friend Is MIA

This past Sunday I opened up to a friend at church about the stressful year we have had. It was after several other sisters had asked me if we had moved because they never saw me anymore. The stresses that had seemed so apparent to me had never occurred to these...

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