Ministering to the One

And if any man among you be strong in the Spirit, let him take with him that is weak, that he may be edified in all meekness, that he may become strong also.   Ministering is one of my spiritual gifts. It hasn’t always been a strong gift.   I remember the first time...

#LightTheWorld

This year, I’m sure many of you have already seen #LightTheWorld somewhere on your newsfeed. What a great way to share opportunities to serve each other during this Christmas season!   The Lord works with us one-on-one. We see His hand in the smallest details of our...

Dark Caves

I had the privilege of attending Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri.  One of the cool things about Missouri, that I didn’t initially know, is that there are lots of underground caves to explore.  For a short period, I was involved with a...

Learning a Preparedness Lifestyle

Part of a preparedness lifestyle includes learning to be self-sufficient. There are many forms of self-sufficiency. Providing for one's family is one of the finest forms of self-sufficiency. How you provide in such a manner can be as varied as there are people on this...

Reboot

Sometimes you just have to reset the status quo and start over. It's like a reboot for your life.   Now maybe that sounds a little extreme, but on occasion, that strategy happens to be the only thing that really works. Let me provide a couple examples.   When I was...

Decorating for Jesus

Dad used to say, “When you’ve worked really hard, stand back and admire your work.” The Christmas season always gives me plenty of opportunities to do that. I love Christmas! I love it so much that I get carried away with projects that are time-consuming and for this...

Family History 1: Start from the Beginning

The best way to begin your genealogy is to start by writing down everything that you and your family members know about your family history.   Items you may find useful: *A pencil *A notebook *A phone *Envelopes *Stamps   1) When possible, make personal visits to...

The Call to Be Holy Women Continues for Two Centuries

The call for women to rise up and be holy has been ringing since the Restoration. I wanted to know if expectations and challenges for women had substantively changed over the years.   Had they? They have not. My research summation? Truly realize your divine heritage...

Personality Clashes and Charity

Doctrine and Covenants 12:8 And no one can assist in this work except he shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope, and charity, being temperate in all things, whatsoever shall be entrusted to his care.   Every missionary has that one companion where...

The Happiest Place on Earth

Many years ago, B.C. (before children), my husband, my sister, and I were at Disneyland.  My sister wanted to get there when the park opened, so we did.  It was now dark, and we had been waiting 45 minutes for a famous splash ride.  We were in pain and crying (no...

Aim for the Moon

I inherited something from my grandfather-- a love of good quotes.  When I was a teenager, I had big dreams and high hopes. I collected and saved motivational and thoughtful quotes and put them everywhere.  When teachers, badly chosen boyfriends, or my sister laid...

Bucket list

To accomplish one of your “bucket list” items is a noteworthy event. To do three in one week on the same trip is a bit of a miracle. That happened to me this week.   Kanarraville Falls   Kanarra Creek Trail – commonly referred to as Kanarraville Falls – is a very...

Family Secrets

Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving (President James E. Faust, “Honesty—a Moral Compass,” Oct. 1996 General Conference).   Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) believe in...

Dual Perspectives: #MeToo

Tudie Rose and Molly A. Kerr were discussing the #MeToo hashtag campaign around the heritage dining room table – a place where at least 5 generations have counseled together.  We were debating the pros and cons, and wondering if it would actually do any good....

Getting Off the Slippery Sloped Mountain

Anthony and I moved to Utah in the middle of winter.  We decided to buy a four-wheeled drive vehicle because we didn't want to get stuck in the snow and we wanted to enjoy off-roading trails when the snow finally melted. Anthony researched trails and we loved our...

Why Should Youth Double Date?

Double dating isn’t just about morality or safety in numbers. It’s also a tool to help those of us who are socially inept find a way to have a great experience.   My to hit it off. I was thrilled when he asked me out around Halloween time.   John was polite to my...

Learning the Gospel through New Church Lessons

How are we affected in the way we learn and study scripture and church lessons? This question has popped up for many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).   For example, the previous lesson manuals from the LDS Church were organized...

Boredom

I was recently asked, “What is something you find difficult in your life?”  One of the many answers I didn’t voice was, “Boredom!”  It takes an incredible amount of discipline to do the mundane things that need to be done each day.  Those things like laundry, driving...

Battling Pornography

This topic should have been addressed ages ago in this column from the perspective of a man.   It’s a battle out there. There is no question about that. The war we need to mount to extinguish the pornography addiction cannot be overemphasized. Addressing the issue in...

Be Distinct, Articulate, and Righteous

I’ve always loved people who say what they mean and mean what they say. Beating around the bush doesn’t cut it with me. Cookie cutter people don’t exist, as we are all different, yet some people spend their whole lives trying to be part of the crowd—to fit into the...

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