Our Choices Affect Generations

(This article was previously published on Abby's blog at Patheos.com.)  I've debated sharing this story. But I think it's an issue for many families, and for much of society. And I think the discussion has to happen. So I'm starting it.  My Grandfather unintentionally...

Why Do We Think We Have to Go It Alone?

While climbing up and down a mountain with some ladies from my ward, I chatted with one about how she saw the world. She mentioned how perplexed she felt that in a community of women, sisters, how often we carry burdens alone. She lamented that in today's society, our...

Six Months Left

Six. Months. Left?!?   Today marks exactly eighteen months since my son entered the Provo, UT Missionary Training Center.   It has been eighteen months since I have hugged my son. Eighteen months since he’s been able to date, chat with friends, or just lay sprawled...

How to Find Gratitude in a World of Hardship

Cicero, the great Roman orator, claimed that gratitude was “not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” (Marcus Tullius Cicero, Pro Plancio, 54 b.c.) With a grateful heart, our minds are free to experience true happiness because we aren’t...

Calling an Audible: Finding Peace in Christ

In all sporting events, there are situations when a last-second decision has to be made. Opponents may change their originally-planned tactics or strategy because in the moment, that line of attack isn’t really going to work out.   It happens.   This occurs frequently...

Raising the Bar: Building Zion

As I begin to write this, it is about 24 hours after the close of the April 2018 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).   In my entire life, I have never experienced a more exciting and jaw-dropping General Conference! I’m just...

Discovering Depression on My Mission

This post was originally published on June 9, 2016 on Amy Keim's personal blog. Minor changes have been made.   "Amy, I love you and I will never be disappointed in you, but I would be disappointed for you."   I will never forget that moment, staring at the computer...

Improving Your Teaching Skills

“Every position in the Church requires an effective teacher.” ~Elder L. Tom Perry   In some callings, such as Primary teacher or Gospel Doctrine teacher, this quote is obvious. As we consider other callings, this teaching component may be a bit more difficult to see....

J. Golden Kimball—Unusual Mormon Apostle

J. Golden Kimball was a Mormon leader born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1853. His father was Heber C. Kimball and his mother was Christeen Golden. He was quite poor as a child and then worked as a cowboy and a teamster, which started him on a path that led him to be...

Happiness Begins With Me

If I were to let the world tell me who I am and what I’m worth, I would be a very unhappy person indeed.   We live in a world that seems bent on telling us we’re not good enough, pretty enough, or skinny enough. According to society’s standards, we are simply not...

Live Like You Believe

Often what we need most is right in our path, but for various reasons, we don’t see it or recognize the importance of the obvious. There is a metaphor for this concept that goes something like this:   Can’t see the forest for the trees.   That phrase was confusing to...

Line Upon Line

Growing up I was in love with the show Saturday’s Warrior. It’s a story of a family whose son gets wrapped up in his friends. And when his twin sister gets sick he comes home to his family and learns what life is really about. They have recently remade the movie, but...

An Anxious Girl’s Reflections on General Conference

There are so many things to love about General Conference. Let’s be real: not having to get ready for Church is a perk in itself. I’ll take wearing my pajamas over a dress any day. (Remember when Elder Holland gave a talk in which he said that he could picture all of...

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Every weekday, our youngest daughter does a packet of math problems. She notes the time she begins and the time she ends her work on each packet. Once a week, she meets with a tutor to review her progress.   When she first began this program, the tutor reviewed each...

Part II: Identifying Sleep Disorders

I have often been a listening ear to a mother of a son who has ADD. What follows is Part II of his story on ADD + sleep disorders, all in his mother's own words. Part 1 can be accessed here.   After my son was diagnosed with ADD and we finally had him on the right...

The Rest of the Story

I grew up listening each week to Paul Harvey on the radio. One of my favorite segments was when he would share stories about famous people without indicating who he was talking about until the very end. His signature tagline as he finished was, “And now you know the...

A Signal Honor

Real happiness is available to those who follow Jesus Christ and keep his commandments.   For God so loved the world that he gave his Only Begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. - John 3:16   Despite challenges and...

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