Why Not Believe in God?

A good friend of mine recently announced his 60th birthday on social media. He posted in a letter format, starting by saying, “I don't like growing older. I understand one can't have a good life without growing older in the process. It is life.”   I suppose...

You Aren’t Alone

I’ve been struggling to know what is best for my son for a while now. As you may know, I had to pull him out of school about a year ago because of severe bullying. Recovery from that trauma is ongoing, but for the most part he is finally back to his old self. I have...

Share Your Gift and Shine Your Light on Your Stage

The glittery neon lights faded to black on the biggest indoor concert stage in Hawaii leaving just enough light to see the performer putting on a knee-length black coat which subdued her glittery black dress.   As she moved to a standing microphone center stage,...

Stop Trying to Find the “Right Person”

It's the same in Every. Single. Movie.   Really, though. Every fairy-tale, every so-called "girl-power" chick flick. They all seem to end in exactly the same way: with the swoon-worthy guy at the end. Minus, you know, Disney's Brave. But that's one's an outlier,...

Why Member Missionary Work?

This post, from Collette Brennan of lifebyletty.com, is an introduction to a soon-to-be ongoing series of articles about member missionary work. We love Collette's writing and thoughts on how to share the gospel, and we know you will too!    Why Do We Share the...

Autism on Vacation—7 Tips to Make Travel Easier

We recently went on vacation to Orlando, Florida and brought the whole family. In the days before the trip, I did everything I could to ensure my high functioning autistic son would be comfortable on our journey. I packed his favorite stuffed animals, blankets, and...

Delivery

No. I do not work for Dominos , nor do I deliver pizza—not even close—but I do want to speak about delivery and how it gets done better than even the pizza-delivery-mega-machine Dominos does it. Now this might reach outside your comfort zone and what you believe is...

Hearing the Prophet

Recently, I was watching wild turkeys on the grounds of the Sacramento Temple. For years, a big flock of turkeys has enjoyed a really good thing there. They have the run of a huge area, and no one bothers them—except maybe the geese.   However, turkeys are not...

What I’ve Been Learning On My Media Fast

I recently started a 10-day media fast. I was focusing on only watching/listening to media that a 5-year-old would be comfortable with. I cut out all the violence, swearing, and angry politics. I was excited to see what it would do for me and my family. But to be...

What Do You Do With the Moment?

Marie Osmond decided to spend her 59th birthday in concert with her brothers in Honolulu, Hawaii. She called up the Public Affairs representatives for Hawaii and said she'd also love to host a free interfaith concert the night before her public performance.  ...

Heaven and Hell

I was talking to my son the other day, and he surprised me by bringing up Hell. He wanted to know where he was heading and what it would be like. This healthy eight-year-old stunned me by the change in topic, but I tried to roll with it. (Obviously he is going to...

Home Churching

At some point in the next few days, the excitement of conference will wear off and will be replaced with questions — primarily, how are we going to implement the Church’s focus on the home and family as a unified source of gospel learning? As we do this, our minds...

Deception and Social Media

I love social media. In my life, I’ve lived all over the country. Social media helps me keep in touch with many friends from many places. I love to read what they are up to and see their kids growing up. We share laughter and memories online. I find that some of my...

Information Overload: Sharing Our Memories

It seems surreal to consider the wealth of information at our fingertips. I once misplaced a cherished family video that I thought I would be able to keep and share with family and posterity for a lifetime. As tragic as that seemed at the time, I am realizing now that...

Pressure to Be Perfect

“Elisha, I don’t think you’re a bad person. I think you have unrealistic expectations for yourself. You have all these ideas of what you should and shouldn’t be and you don’t allow yourself to make mistakes.”   This was the first time I had met with a therapist....

ADD is Like Itchy Socks

Last week I had a mole removed from my foot. It was so itchy! I went to bed that night with my wooly socks on to protect the bandage. It was so itchy there was nothing else I could focus on. (I found out later that I had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia.) But...

Recharging Our Spiritual Battery

How do you recharge your spiritual battery? My friend Rachel Makaiwi-Tuiasosopo took the battery metaphor to a profound conclusion. Not only are there times we need a recharge, but there may be varying degrees and ways to do it.   From Rachel: Not long ago, my...

A Marathon Body for Marathon Service

Every year, we are allowed one fundraiser for our Young Women’s organization. It is to raise money to send the teenage girls to a week-long camp. Our congregation or ward typically does a dinner with entertainment provided by the youth, baked-good sales, and silent...

Make Your Own Sensory Room

Many of you may know that Autism often comes with Sensory Integration issues. At least it does in our house. Because of that, I have learned several tricks that help calm or regulate my son. And today I am going to share my favorites. They are easy to do at home, and...

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