Repent and Sandblast Your Foundation

Repent and Sandblast Your Foundation

During construction of the Lubbock Texas Temple, the building coordinator told us stories about building details I'd never even considered. He asked if we'd ever signed our names on a concrete floor before it was covered in carpet or on studs before hanging sheetrock....

Go Forward Without Fear

Go Forward Without Fear

“Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever” (Doctrine...

Constant Vigilance

Constant Vigilance

It is said that an elephant never forgets, but an elephant’s memory is nothing compared to the persistence of a squirrel. When it comes to swiping food from a bird feeder, squirrels never give up.    Ever.   When I first hung a feeder in my back yard, I was...

Hiding and the Fear of Repentance: The Story of Ping the Duck

Hiding and the Fear of Repentance: The Story of Ping the Duck

All my life, I have loved to read — and as a little girl, there was nothing I loved more than hearing my mother and father's voices reading me a story.   Each night, I would snuggle under my covers and eagerly wait for one of them to choose a book. Maybe it would...

Pandemic Lessons

Pandemic Lessons

As the COVID-19 pandemic looms on, it continues to teach lessons. As frustrated as I have been these last five months, I’ve also been in awe of the pandemic lessons I’ve learned. I’ve been hesitant to write about it all because this is such a hot button topic. Let me...

Spirit Series, Chapter 2: Visiting And Loving You

Spirit Series, Chapter 2: Visiting And Loving You

I started writing this series to help dispel some myths and confusion about spirits. I want you to know that they are often visiting loved ones and supporting us. And this week another misunderstanding cropped up, and I find this is the perfect chance to clarify. When...

See, Hear, and Know — Seize the Opportunity

See, Hear, and Know — Seize the Opportunity

The Lord commanded us to see, hear, and know. Have you taken advantage of that opportunity?   Joseph Smith told Brigham Young to “tell the brethren to keep their hearts open to conviction, so that when the Holy Ghost comes to them, their hearts will be ready to...

Good Things to Come

Good Things to Come

Over and over again, the prophets  in the scriptures remind us to think about and reflect, to remember — and today, I was doing just that. I took some time to remember where I was just one year ago this week.   For any who have been following my story, you might...

Celebrate All Along the Way

Celebrate All Along the Way

This may be the most significant article I ever write. That is my goal.   I fully intend it to be.    Some ask me why I make everything religious. That’s an easy one. Because I am not strong enough to face the challenges of life on my own, when I cannot see...

Trust in Tumultuous Times

Trust in Tumultuous Times

I believe we can all agree that our world right now is a bit crazy. However, one benefit of this is that from unique circumstances comes unique thought and insight. One might argue that Joseph Smith could never have received such eloquent revelation as Doctrine and...

Am I Willing to Change How I Define Myself?

Am I Willing to Change How I Define Myself?

Lead image via Deseret News.   Some of the most shocking images of destruction to me are of the Salt Lake Temple's Annex building demolition. So familiar with those rooms and hallways, the scenes of exposed walls and hanging rebar really jar my senses.   A...

Tight Like Unto a Dish

Tight Like Unto a Dish

"And they [the vessels] were built after a manner that they were exceeding tight, even that they would hold water like unto a dish; and the sides thereof were tight like unto a dish; and the ends thereof were peaked; and the top thereof was tight like unto a dish; and...

Amazing Promises for Amazing Blessings

Amazing Promises for Amazing Blessings

Every so often I notice something in the scriptures that just rocks me simply by analyzing the wording and promises carefully enough.   Probably four or five years ago, it was Jacob 4:12 where he says ". . . for why not speak of the atonement of Christ, and...

The Things I Wish I’d Said

The Things I Wish I’d Said

Recently, my husband and I took a trip to Idaho to visit family. While there, we took a road trip to Yellowstone National Park. We stopped for dinner on the way back at a little restaurant in St. Anthony, Idaho, called the Idaho Burger Grill. A family heard us talking...

My Brain Is Tired

My Brain Is Tired

Oh my GOODNESS, I am going to lose my mind!   My friends have asked me what it’s like being my son’s mom. I am here to tell you that it’s a LOT of mental effort! If it’s not trying to keep up with his intense interests, it’s a lot of mind work to keep him safe...

Building Unity in Marriage

Building Unity in Marriage

“Unity among the human family is not natural. It’s a miracle and such great miracles require exceedingly great faith and works. It will only happen by God’s unique ways, which are higher than ours.” ~Ahmad S. Corbitt   This quote flashed to my view while...

The Value of Memories

The Value of Memories

Admittedly, I never gave much credence to memories. They were of course in the past and could not compare with the present — or so I thought. It has taken a lifetime to acknowledge the value they embody. Even now, I am trying to capture the magnitude of this...

The Parable of Time

The Parable of Time

With the outbreak of COVID-19, perhaps what I have learned the most about is time.    In days gone by, time was often filled with baseball games and soccer practices, shopping and vacationing, commuting and complaining about commuting. Back then, we all had busy...

The Painted Rock Project

The Painted Rock Project

For the past several weeks I have been working on what I've named “The Painted Rock Project”. It has been so uplifting and powerful. And I wanted to share, because I had no idea something so small could mean so much to me. I hope it will lift and inspire you too....

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