Through the Eyes of a Child

Through the Eyes of a Child

"Heavenly Father, are you really here?" The words were coming from the backseat. I had been with these kiddos for the past 5 days and was often surprised at what came out of their mouths, but this didn't really surprise me at all. The four-year-old child behind me had...

Balance is Sweet Cookbook

Balance is Sweet Cookbook

I have found the best cookbook! It focuses on the kind of balance the Word of Wisdom mentions, so I must tell you about it! I know — you are probably like I am, with a dozen or more cookbooks in your life. But I’m totally serious that this one will change the way you...

How Do You Hear Him?

How Do You Hear Him?

On February 26, 2020, President Russell M. Nelson asked us a question and issued a challenge.   My dear friends, today I wish to share with you a special invitation. There are a few wonderful occasions in the scriptures when our Heavenly Father personally...

Heavenly Father Blesses Effort

Heavenly Father Blesses Effort

"We find a powerful example of the interaction among assurance, action, and evidence as the children of Israel transported the ark of the covenant under the leadership of Joshua (see Joshua 3:7–17). Recall how the Israelites came to the river Jordan and were promised...

A Pebble in My Shoe

A Pebble in My Shoe

Almost a year ago, my daughter had surgery to fix a hammer toe that was a direct result of unlucky genetics and wearing flip flops. What was supposed to be a basic surgery with a simple recovery turned into anything but! The doctor was hopeful that he’d be able to fix...

His Grace

His Grace

This year is unique. For me, it is already one of a kind.   I once was in business with a colleague who enthusiastically promoted the attitude of abundance. Working with him was a pleasure. He never promoted an outlook of scarcity, and people flocked to be with...

When Life Throws a Curve

When Life Throws a Curve

We’ve all been there: you think you have your life all planned out for at least the next year or so, and the walls suddenly come crashing down around you. What do you do when life throws you a curve?   I spent the last week completely different from what I had...

The New Aaronic Priesthood Theme—Free Printable!

The New Aaronic Priesthood Theme—Free Printable!

One of the most defining moments of my teen years was standing up every Sunday and saying the Young Women’s theme. I felt the power of the words every week. And by increments, I felt my testimony grow. Then last year, they changed the YW theme to a new and incredibly...

Making the Most of Personal Revelation

Making the Most of Personal Revelation

Personal revelation is one of the key differences between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other Christian churches. We believe we have the right to speak with and be spoken to by our Heavenly Father.   Brigham Young taught:   This people...

Jesus Christ: The Only Sure Thing

Jesus Christ: The Only Sure Thing

In Relief Society a few weeks ago, we were talking about titles that we all have as women: "Wife. Mother. Sister. Daughter. Friend." The list went on and on.   Then someone raised their hand and made a comment that honestly — and I know this sounds dramatic, but...

The Weight of Our Children’s Trials

The Weight of Our Children’s Trials

There’s probably nothing worse than seeing your own child struggle, whether it’s with health-related issues or with emotional or spiritual pain. But perhaps one of the most difficult challenges to witness is when our children struggle with things that could have been...

Another Testament of Jesus Christ

Another Testament of Jesus Christ

The Book of Mormon is filled with examples of times when following Jesus Christ blessed the people of ancient days on the American continent, and how He continues to lift us today as we implement the truths revealed therein.   The people lived the commandments...

Breaking News

Breaking News

Sitting in my office chair on my lunch break, I was suddenly numb. Could this news article even be real? It must just be a coincidence that the name and profession matched the person I knew. There was no way that someone who had helped me so much could have been a...

The New Youth Program As a Special Needs Parent

The New Youth Program As a Special Needs Parent

Well, it happened again. I was sideswiped by the reality bug. Sometimes special needs parenting isn’t fun. Even though I love my son more than life itself, I have been so frustrated and disappointed. I spend days walking on eggshells while I try to keep his life as...

In His Command, We Can Do All Things

In His Command, We Can Do All Things

The blizzard's intensity increased.   I'd been driving in slick and blinding conditions across Wyoming's I-80 for a while, pressing onward towards a visit to the Fort Collins Colorado Temple. But the knowledge that we'd be driving back across that highway again...

Trail or Not a Trail?

Trail or Not a Trail?

There is a beautiful hike up a small mountain near my house which my friends and I love to go hike on sunny days.  When we get to the top, we can see all the way from Mexico to San Diego to the beautiful La Jolla beaches. It is a breathtaking view and well worth the...

Learn to Love Your Body – It’s the Only One You Get

Learn to Love Your Body – It’s the Only One You Get

The quest for happiness is really the quest of a lifetime and the purpose of our existence here on earth. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said, “In a phrase I am sure you have heard many times, the Prophet Joseph Smith once said, 'Happiness is the object and design of our...

The Joy in Our Trials

The Joy in Our Trials

One of the greatest examples of someone who found joy in her trials was that of my mother-in-law, Barbara Joyce Zimmerman.   Barbara was married at the age of 19 and raised 12 amazing children. She and her husband were converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of...

Better Than Ever

Better Than Ever

Can words sing? I believe so.   In my household, running is a big deal. I myself am a walker, but even then, I am not as diligent as my wife. She walks on a regular schedule and has been doing so for years. But it is really my children that are the runners. One...

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