Happiness is . . .

Happiness is knowing that I am a child of a loving, Heavenly Father.   Happiness is knowing that my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, paid for my sins, sorrows, griefs and illnesses, and died for me that I might live again.   Happiness is knowing there is a living...

Taking Control of Our Lives

“It’s not my fault I’m like this. I had a bad childhood.”   Today, a bad childhood often seems to be an excuse for bad behavior. Certainly, it’s important for parents to give their children good childhoods (and people who have suffered abuse during any stage of life...

Makeover

Occasionally we do something just to check it off the list. Most of the time, however, our intent is to do what is right (even when we can’t yet do it for the right reason).   We held stake conference in our newly renovated Alpine tabernacle today. As we walked into...

The Dignity of Choice

It would be so easy if Heavenly Father just made us to what is right, but that isn’t His plan. We would never grow spiritually without being able to choose between good and evil. It was His plan all along to teach us to want to do what is right.   Elder Dale G....

Find Joy

In so many ways, we are all connected. I was reminded of that this week when a sweet woman posted something on a Facebook group I belong to. She said that she was hurting as she saw a bumper sticker that read “The best Moms get promoted to Grandma.” I have seen that...

Leaving Outlaws’ Judgment to the Lord

Today in Seminary, we talked about Doctrine and Covenants 50 with its famous injunction that those who teach and receive by the Spirit are both edified. As the students and I reviewed the section, the Lord declaring His mighty hand kept standing out to me.  ...

Ignoring God

When Lehi, the first Book of Mormon prophet we read of, was commanded by God to take his family into the wilderness to escape attempts on his life, his greatest challenge wasn’t leaving behind his wealth. It was the attitude of his two oldest sons, Laman and Lemuel.  ...

Temple Recommend Interviews Aren’t An Interrogation

I had my temple recommend interview tonight with a member of my stake presidency. He opened the interview by telling me a story. A family friend of his had recently lost his mom, and as he was digging through the boxes to settle her estate, he found a collection of...

Our Promise

I love the example of Job. His record attests that he was faithful and true despite tremendous hardship. Rather than cursing God for his struggles and difficult situation, Job praised God all the day long.   Job, a just and perfect man, was blessed with great riches;...

Don’t Consider How—Consider Why

There are times in life — perhaps even more often than not — that we feel insignificant, inadequate. We wonder about our purpose and if we're fulfilling it. We wonder if God is pleased with us. Sometimes when we're feeling especially imperfect and inconsequential, we...

How Service Changed My Life

I’ve been watching the terrible and almost non-stop disasters in our world. They just keep growing. As I’ve watched the news with growing heartache, I have noticed something: amidst all the terror, destruction, and chaos, I have seen people reaching out in love and...

Henry M. Tanner Vision: Service and Judging Others

My great grandmother Edith Smith Bushman compiled numerous stories of friends and family who helped settle the Arizonan high plains. She dedicated the stories to her descendants saying,   In the early days of Arizona many men and women, some of whom are your...

Don’t Stop Talking: A Modern Cautionary Tale

Just when you think you can relax, something happens and you realize that you can never let your guard down. At least, not when it comes to the Internet and technology and your children. Take this recent example from our family.   Like many parents, we gave our...

Voting as a Latter-day Saint

Get out and vote! You can register at vote.org, and you can find a comprehensive list of every issue and candidate in your area (easily explained) at the nonpartisan site ballotready.org.   Elections are coming up soon for Americans (November 6th), and some members...

School Refusal, Part 2: Fighting Back

In my last article, "School Refusal Part 1," I told you about the long struggle we have had getting my son to attend school regularly. He has what is known as "school refusal." There are four causes of school refusal. But for each reason, there are things that can be...

Heavenly Help

I hate to name drop, but for this article I have to.   Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, President Russell M Nelson, and President James E Faust are just a few of the men that have counseled and encouraged me throughout my life. Definitely three of the most inspirational...

It’s All About Family

Heavenly Father’s plan is all about family. The family unit is central to the organization of eternity. We’ve been taught this principle from the beginning of time. For many years, we’ve been encouraged to hold family home evening in our homes and teach our children...

School Refusal, Part 1: It’s A Thing

I’ve been afraid to write about this topic because it has been one of the greatest trials of my life. My son has school refusal. Knowing what has been going on, and having a name for it, gives me strength to face it. For all these years, teachers and administrators...

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