Understanding Your First Priesthood Blessings

When I first started receiving priesthood blessings, beginning with those offered in my confirmation, I really didn’t understand them. I thought they were the same as fortune telling. When I was told in an early blessing that I would become a good teacher, I thought...

Heavenly Music

Have you ever fought back tears of gratitude while singing a hymn? ever felt the Spirit testify to you about the love of our Heavenly Father for you through a song? I have. I believe that we’ve all been touched by music at one point or another in our lives. Hopefully...

Happiness is Knowing Our Families Are Eternal

Take a moment and picture the eternities. What do you see for yourself? I used to have rather ephemeral visions of heaven; maybe I would be transformed into an angel and is rather simple; to spend it in the company of my loved ones, experiencing the joys of familial...

Stand Out: Being Modest in an Immodest World

When was the last time you tried to find a formal gown at the mall? Do you recall what you found? Did you find anything that was even remotely close to being modest? As formal events and prom season approaches, a lot of dream of a dress that will make their evening...

What Is the Pearl of Great Price?

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day will through His prophets. We believe, use, and love the Bible, but there are other books in our scriptural canon that we use as well, including the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. Of the additional...

Did God Create the Earth in Seven Days?

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revere and honor the Bible as the word of God. They also have additional writings from Moses and from Abraham, as revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith. These writings clarify some important points about the...

FHE Idea: Build a Thankful Tree

I wrote Family Home Evening (FHE). The earlier in the month you do it, the more time your family can reflect on what they’re thankful for. What you’ll need: · Construction Paper – if you’re using 8 ½ x 11, use two or three brown sheets, depending on how big you want...

The Art of The “Thank You” Note

With November being the month Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a day of gratitude, I though it might be a nice idea to discuss a delightful, yet sadly dying, skill. The art of the ‘Thank You’ note. A few years ago a woman played the most beautiful piano might imagine...

Happiness Is Staying Busy

"Miserable people wallow. They just sit there. They don't have a "Things to Do" list, they have a "Things to Don't" list. They don't "go and do" they sit and stew." (John Bytheway, How To Be Totally Miserable, p.9) This year over 20,000 runners competed in the . It...

Friends Who Live the Life You’ve Abandoned

Some converts make huge changes in their lives when they join the church. They give up alcohol, tobacco, and various other parts of their lives they now consider inappropriate. Their moral standards have changed dramatically. This can lead to problems with old friends...

Coping With Friends Who Don’t Want You to Convert

When I decided to join the church, my only and consider it their job to stop me from making what they thought was a mistake. However, that is just what happened. One of the challenges was that many of them knew all the standard anti-Mormon arguments. I didn’t know...

Order, Unity, Oneness: Authority to Act in the Name of Christ

During his mortal ministry, Christ ordained twelve apostles, and , the Lord bestowed the keys of the kingdom: “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt...

Martha’s Not So Bad, Either

I know I just wrote about Becoming Mary. And that’s an excellent goal. We should be more like her. But today I’m thinking that becoming Martha really isn’t all that bad either. In two weeks, my husband’s rather large family is coming to stay with us. Over Thanksgiving...

The Joy of Fasting

Today is Fast Sunday. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the first Sunday of every month is a Fast and Testimony meeting. The members of the Church, forgo food and drink for two consecutive meals. "" (lds.org, gospel library) I love Fast and Testimony...

A Time When There is No Wheat?

My husband was reading in a catalog that we just received - it was a baking catalog. At the bottom of one of the pages was some fine print. He felt impressed to read it. Now mind you, he is busy and usually does not spend his time reading the fine appear initially....

The First Book of Nephi – Chapter One

If you've not had a chance to read from the Book of Mormon, you are in for a treat. It is very similar to the Bible, in that it contains the holy words of God. Its purpose is much like that of the Holy Bible - to bring people to Christ, to discover His redeeming love,...

There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today

Oh, there's sunshine, blessed sunshine When the peaceful, happy moments roll. When Jesus shows His smiling face, There is sunshine in the soul. (LDS Hymn #227) It's difficult for me to find the words to express the feelings in my heart at this moment. This hymn says...

The United States Census 1790-1840

The first official census (after the revolution) conducted in the . The last one was taken in the year 2000 and the next one is planned for 2010. As stated in an earlier post, the United States of America has enacted a 72 year privacy law, meaning that census...

Face-Time at Dinner Time

When was the last time you had an actual sit-down dinner with your whole clan? With dishes full at the table and people seated all around, facing each other? If you're like me, this was not something that was too common. I have children with varying ages and as such,...

Recipe: Playing with Peanut Butter

During the month of November the world celebrates their love of Peanut Butter. I know. Sounds weird, but these days there’s a day to celebrate just about anything. For any mother or father out there who fights the daily battle of finding things to feed even the...

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