He’s Happy To Be Here

If we’d known how much we were going to enjoy him, those first few “down syndrome days” would have been very different. It isn’t that I thought we might not enjoy him, but in those first few days there was so much unknown that it did feel like we were navigating a bit...

What Was Lost Can Be Found

I opened the car door and just stared at the empty space. Where was my bag? I performed high powered computations—Did I bring my church bag? Yes. We came straight from church and so I had my church bag. Did I leave it there? Yes, it was right there. We thought it...

Making music

What a blessing it is to be able to listen to good music. While mankind has always had talented musicians, only recently has access enabled instant gratification. The recording quality has improved over the years such that today’s digital music has the quality and...

What A Mormon Learned about Christ-like Love from Baptists

I write this having just come from a Baptist funeral for a good friend, Booker Armstrong. My husband worked with Booker for many years at Caltrans. Through those years we got to know Booker and Dorothy through social situations in addition to Danny’s days with Booker...

The Why of Service

This is the second part in a series on service. The first part covered the problems associated with service. This part looks at the reason behind service. The bulk of this part of the series lies in the quotes from the six General Authorities I have randomly selected....

The Box

I want you to think of a small, brown, cardboard box. Scrawled on one side, in thick, black marker is Family. Scrawled on another side, in the same oppressive black: Physical Health. On another: Financial Status. On another: Educational Opportunities. On another:...

Wait–So You Can Believe

My friend, Lena Soliven, is an Uber driver on Oahu. She's recounted many interesting and profound ride stories. But the latest story she shared really hit me.   She picked up a man wanting a ride from Waikiki to Honolulu for work. The man mentioned he was worried...

Standing for Something- LaVell Edwards

In loving memory of LaVell Edwards   One of my favorite memories was the occasion when Gordon B Hinckley recognized Coach Edwards’ numerous accomplishments and announced the naming of the LaVell Edwards Stadium.   How does one begin remembering a person with...

Sleep

Even when we know that something is good for us, it is sometimes tempting to do things that get in the way of our good health. Throughout my life one positive health habit that has been the hardest for me to consistently maintain, is getting a good night’s sleep. It...

Standing for Christ

There is a lot of talk today about staying fit and eating healthy. We have work out schedules, gym memberships, bikes, rock climbing teams, and stringent schedules. I used to get away with just living life on the farm, and a few extracurricular activities were enough....

The Prince of Peace

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (2 Nephi 19 and Isaiah 9)   There have been many...

The Problem With My Service

The concept of service is complicated. Anyone who would tell you that service is easy is selling you something. Acts of service are rarely cut and dried. They are rarely simple. I will explain that later on.   In this multi-part address on service I will explain...

Slaying the Dragon

From November 1st to December 31st the country and even the rest of the world considers this time as the season of gratitude.  Now that it’s January of 2017, time has passed so quickly that we have a new beginning; a new year.   So many posts, articles and even books...

Missionary Mom’s Club

You know those cool Frank Sinatra Gentlemen’s only clubs? I want a Missionary Mama club. Instead of liquor, there will be chocolate. Instead of dancing girls, there will be honesty. Because, I have discovered that we are a dishonest bunch, we Mormons … we really are....

The Unsticker of Stuckness

A new year invites us to look at life from a clean, unmarked vantage point. What do we want to accomplish? What talents do we want to develop? What character traits do we want to change?   Something I fascinatingly wonder is do we really see ourselves? Do we love...

Everyday Disciple

I love freedom.  I love to feel free, like a child running with her hair and dress blowing back in the wind, arms open wide.  I want to embrace life, experience all it has to offer and learn all I can.  I push against my limits in long, pressing stretches.   But...

Nourished With the Good Word of God

I want to meet Jacob. You know … the first born to Lehi's family in the wilderness. If you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about, let me explain. In the Book of Mormon, one of the first prophets we read about is Nephi. He is loved by the people and an...

Finding Our Place in the Last Dispensation

This is a dispensation of unbounded and unequaled privilege. With that privilege comes responsibility. Our challenge is to personally come to recognize just how blessed we really are, and what is expected of us because of those blessings.   The first Gospel...

What Does Repentance Have to Do with Goals?

It’s a New Year! To most of us, that means rejuvenation and new life. It’s a time to start fresh with new goals and a new outlook. We fix things that are broken in our lives, and try to make ourselves into better people. Very often, this renewal lasts a short period...

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