Our Days Are Numbered

Similar tragedy struck two families I love and admire during the same week--with drastically different outcomes. In both families (who don't know each other), a beloved and only teenage son felt sick. Unknown to them, both teenagers had a cancerous T-cell lymphoma...

An Observation on Birth and Death

This article was previously published on Mormonbasics.com This is a personal observation and musing on the differences between how we see and treat births and deaths in our culture. It is not so much doctrinal as it is a private perspective brought on by a recent...

How I’m Like the Pilgrims

Weigh the sentiment that the unknown can be fearful against finding things to be thankful for (since this is November) and perhaps we can see how giving birth to a child with Down syndrome brought me to what might be similar conclusions to those of the original...

Hope

If you think you are unimportant, second rate, and inferior to the others around you who are rich, pretty, famous, and happy, well know this, you are not alone. We all feel inadequate some time or another. And if we are really being honest, we feel inadequate most of...

Getting Back On The Right Trail

We chatted all the way down the mountain, excited to find the waterfall. On the valley floor, we followed a very dry stream, listening for sounds of rushing water. Nothing.   The descent took us longer than we expected. The trail apps logged the hike at 2.8...

How I Accidentally Got Into Family History

Family History is boring.  It's for retired people who have nothing else to do.  And the only way to really do family history is to go out in graveyards and find the names on stones and write them down.  Or so I thought.  I'm a young mom, busy with a young family.  My...

Tender Mercies

When I use the term “tender mercies” I am writing of those often over-looked blessings that come our way from the Lord. These compassionate acts of kindness are the Lord’s way of showing us that He loves us and is watching over us, often in the easily forgotten...

Mothers Matter

Our family has been sick lately.  I know it is the change in the seasons, and the fact my son has a new goal in life to never use soap.  But that doesn't stop it from being an endurance contest for me as a mother.  My sweet boy has been throwing up for several days...

Primary Rule Charts

I once substituted in the class I had taught a few years before. When I got the children seated, one of them looked around anxiously and asked, “Sister Bittner, where is your rule chart? We need to do the rules.” After so long and several teachers, they still...

Soap

Learning from each other is vital. I am hoping this article provides valuable insight to you.   My first memory of the unpleasant taste of soap is when mother washed my mouth out with the lather when I was a child because I said something forbidden.   I...

Political Correctness VS Gospel Principles

We Must Choose A Side   We have come to a point in the world where sitting on the fence is no longer an option. Regardless of what the world says, there is no gray area when it comes to right and wrong. The line is drawn in the sand, and we must each decide on...

Recovering From A Bad Lesson

This article was previously published on Latterdaysaintwoman.com It was the worst lesson I’d ever taught–not the lesson itself, but the class experience in general. None of the tricks I’d learned over the years to keep children under control were working. My little...

Do You Know What God Did at Arnon?

What miraculous war did the Lord fight in the brooks of Arnon?   My scripture study yesterday included Numbers 21. Verse 14 really struck me.   Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of...

We Need Friends

A girl needs friends. I don’t care if you’re an introvert or an extrovert, or the rare ambivert. (Thanks to several personality profile tests over the years, I know I fall into the last category—strange people who both like to be around crowds of people and who also...

Critical Investments

Automatic transfers might be, in my opinion, one of the greatest financial inventions.  I love them because before I can get my hands on the money, part of it is tucked away for when I might really need it.  I love to save without feeling the pain of parting with the...

Making Your Life an Anthem to God

I remember when I was a young man—a boy really—I would sit with my brother and watch football games for our favorite teams from the NFL. This was many years ago, but I remember these occasions like they were yesterday. Similar to athletic events today, the game...

Making It To the Pillbox Ridge Line

When I reached the rock, I stopped. I knew I needed to stop. I felt so exhausted, nauseous even. I'd picked the pillbox hike and really wanted to reach the ridge. But I had reached my mental and physical limit.   I asked my friend Jill to go ahead. She'd been so...

Orienting New Teachers

This article was previously published on Latterdaysaintwoman.com   Often, we think of teaching as an isolated activity, particularly for Primary and Youth leaders. Teachers go into a classroom, close the door and teach. God, however, wisely provided skilled and...

The Longest Week of My Life

There is nothing that prepares you for having your first child leave the nest. Nothing.   Add in that this child is leaving you for two years. The only contact will be once-a-week emails and twice a year half hour skype conversations. Conversations that have to...

How Toxic is Your World?

Have you ever thought about how many invisible toxins you’re exposed to everyday? Unless you make your own everything, from completely natural organic materials, the odds are that you are exposed to many chemicals and other toxins every day of your life.   Let’s...

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