Happiness is . . .

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

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...
Christ Knows Our Suffering

Christ Knows Our Suffering

I was out enjoying a summer stroll with my husband one evening when my cell phone rang. It was from a friend I knew through church. Her doctor’s appointment that morning had brought devastating news: the 20-week-old fetus she’d been carrying was dead. My friend was...
Focusing On What God Has Given Me

Focusing On What God Has Given Me

This post was originally published in 2008. Minor changes have been made.   A couple of weeks ago, my younger sister (younger by six and a half years) got married in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. Since that day, I cannot count the number of times that I have been asked,...
The Sin of Pride

The Sin of Pride

Jacob, the third prophet of the Book of Mormon, warned his people of the sin of pride. Today, we tend to praise pride as a value, but never does the Book of Mormon speak of pride as a virtue. God just doesn’t see pride the way we do today. Jacob warned:   13 And the...
Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure

I must admit that I am an avid reader. So much so that I have on more than one occasion been called a bookworm. When I was a child, (when I first started really reading) one of my favorite book series was Choose Your Own Adventure. In these books, there were many...
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