Terrie Bittner- an Amazing Primary Teacher

Terrie Bittner- an Amazing Primary Teacher

Editor's Note:  Terrie passed away one week ago today.  This article begins the week of tribute we would like to pay to her memory.   Inside the mind of an amazing primary teacher Terrie Lynn Bittner loved children. She loved the way their minds worked. She loved...

Social Media And Testimonies

Social Media And Testimonies

I am not a scientist, but the concept of hybrid and electric vehicles fascinates me. I test drove a hybrid car recently. It was quiet and responsive and resorted to the gas-powered engine rarely. Instead of using the brake pads when I slowed, the car first charged the...

The Game Of Life: Passing The Test

The Game Of Life: Passing The Test

In my sixth grade science class, we were more interested in predicting our futures than in getting 100% on our next test. On a sheet of loose-leaf paper, we would determine various important aspects of our future life, such as: husband, house, number of children, job,...

The Conditions of Belief

The Conditions of Belief

We have long known that belief in anything is a choice we each must make. Like everything else we do, what we choose to believe in and act upon has specific consequences. In Mosiah 26 the Lord teaches Alma about the consequences of those who choose to believe in Him...

Grief

Grief

Senseless death surrounds us. Innocent victims fall prey to depraved individuals, natural disasters wipe out whole villages, and disease ravages the bodies of loved ones who would otherwise have had years to live. Death is a natural succession after life, but when it...

Becoming Spiritually Self-Reliant

Becoming Spiritually Self-Reliant

With all the talk of emergency preparedness, we sometimes forget about another aspect of self-reliance: spiritual self-reliance.  Are we spiritually strong enough to withstand the wiles of the world? Are we spiritually self-reliant? First we have to choose between...

Patience

Patience

Our family is waiting on two future events: the arrival of my daughter’s mission call and the arrival of our baby. It’s a race with both expected in the new week or so. These dramatic events will be with us for the rest of our lives. My daughter’s mission call will...

You Are The Author Of Your Story

You Are The Author Of Your Story

If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author. —Mark Houlahan We’ve all met someone who seems stuck in the past.  You know the type—always blaming others in their past for the way things stand in the present.  And...

A Lesson On Envy

A Lesson On Envy

It was a Tuesday night at institute. That cute boy I had my eye on came over to chat. My best friend decided she would act as wing man. Only, it didn’t exactly work out how we had planned. It was almost instantaneous that I saw his focus shift. Cute boy took an...

Special Education Teachers Matter

Special Education Teachers Matter

It’s that time of year - - the end of the school year time of year.  For us it’s the end of our public school special education experience.  Last week was the very last end-of-year choir concert for us.  Joey had a great time.  Choir and ceramics will be some of the...

Letting Go

Letting Go

Success snowballs. When we do well, good feelings and confidence carryover influencing our attitude, choices and success in other areas.  Similarly, negative contagions like fear, worry, and defeat lead to over thinking, recycling problems or mistakes, and finally...

We Impact The World

We Impact The World

There are few people that impact the world around them without ever meeting those so affected. Terrie Bittner is one of these people, and I am fortunately lucky to be one of the many she influenced. Now her words may be hard to articulate, but memories are forever....

Time

Time

How do you measure time? In seconds? Minutes? Hours? Days? Months? Years? How about an Olympiad (4 year cycles)? Or a Gigasecond (1 000, 000, 000 seconds or 31.7 years)? Maybe even a Mega Annum (1 million years)? Mathematically speaking, there is no end to the variety...

Is There Virtue In Blind Obedience?

Is There Virtue In Blind Obedience?

I was sitting in Gospel Principles class and the topic was obedience. The conversation quickly turned from obedience to blind obedience, and my wheels started to spin. What is the difference between obedience and blind obedience? If there is virtue or power in...

The Power To Create

The Power To Create

My aunt created beauty from a life of desolation. She never had children, but she taught this child how to make life beautiful.  I discovered my aunt in my early teens. We visited her home in the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania. She painted all the walls...

Love Is..

Love Is..

The other day I sat in a congregation full of thankful people. Twenty-four Missionaries were heading home from the Provo Utah Mission. Many in the congregation were touched by these Elders and Sisters and had stopped by to give a final greeting. Each missionary took...

Weathering The Storms In Marriage

Weathering The Storms In Marriage

President Gordon B. Hinckley who was the fifteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) once said, “It’s not the big experiences which affect us but the small day by day experiences.”  The relationships we create with each other in...

Love’s Canvas

Love’s Canvas

Life’s Canvas For the moment, substitute the word life for love in the above quote.  Each of us is given at birth a perfectly white canvas to decorate with the days of our lives.  Every day something new is added; for good, or bad.  Depending on what we put on the...

Lessons Learned…

Lessons Learned…

My friend Terrie is dying.  I know that now.  I had hoped and prayed this brain cancer would somehow miraculously disappear.  I've seen so many others healed with bigger miracles than this so I didn't think I was asking too much. But the Lord has other plans.  I was...

Learning in your life and your passion to teach

Learning in your life and your passion to teach

I am "great with child". It’s all consuming at this point. I have 3 to 5 weeks until this little darling decides she is ready to enter the many loving arms that are waiting for her. Being this pregnant affects how I sleep, what I eat, how I move, my energy levels and...

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