Getting to Know You

How well do you know your children? Knowing another person is much like diving into a banana split. First you “meet” the cherrie on top, then the nut sprinkles. Next comes, in that tasty bite, the light and airy whipped cream. Once you make it through all those...

When Your Missionaries Get Transferred

For many investigators and new members, the missionaries are the direct link to the church. They’re in your home often and they know your family and your challenges. You trust them and when you have questions or challenges related to the gospel, you go to them first....

Keeping the Sabbath When Your Parents Don’t

As a teenaged convert, I found Sundays very stressful. I came home from church filled with the spirit and determined to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. Unfortunately, I tended to walk into a noisy, busy home where no one else was keeping the Sabbath Day holy, since none of...

I Don’t Have Pioneer Ancestors

My first ward seemed to be entirely made up of descendants of the pioneers. In classes, everyone would take turns telling stories about their ancestors and I would sit silently, with nothing to say. I wondered if I was a second-class Mormon because, as a convert, I...

Answers to Questions

Yesterday, I received an email asking me a number of questions regarding the plan of salvation. I'd run across a question on Amazon.com: "Why did God create the world?" I answered that question for this person and she emailed me with more. I did respond to her, but I...

Wives Submit To Your Husbands

Ephesians 5 The word “submission” gets a bad rap in today’s “politically correct” society. We have a sense that no one should ever have to submit to anyone, that we are all created equal and that since no one is above or below another’s station, submission should...

FHE Idea: All Families Are Connected

In continuing our play with the falling leaves, I’d like to do a similar activity to the one mentioned yesterday, but continue with a completely different message. We’re All Connected Once again begin your Family Home Evening as you normally do. I suggested a few...

Activity: Thanksgiving Bulletin Board

Though I first thought of doing this as a fun Family Home Evening during the month of November (parents, stay tuned), I also found it made a fun activity for the Young Women (girls 12-18) as well. If you have someone who normally takes care of your bulletin boards in...

Fasting While Pregnant and Breastfeeding

When I first joined the church, I was a teenager and the only member in my family. Having never fasted before, the Law of the Fast was a difficult one for me to follow, especially when everyone around me was eating. Nevertheless I persevered in abstaining from food...

Finding God: A Still Small Voice vs. Fire from Heaven

Elijah was a great missionary for the Lord. He is held in high esteem within Jewish tradition. In anticipation of Elijah’s predicted return to earth (Malachi 4: 5, 6), a place at the table is set, at every feast of the Passover. The scriptures describe him as a “hairy...

Let’s Get Healthy

Okay, so it's not the New Year, but there's never a bad time for a new resolution, so here's what I propose: I suggest we all resolve to be a little more positive and take a view of optimism. It's not as hard as it might seem. An LDS children's hymn tells us that ......

That You Might Have Joy

One day a few years ago I was returning home from the temple with a prayer in my heart. I was pleading with my Heavenly Father to release me from the pain I was suffering. My husband and I had some months before undergone a terrible tragedy and I was so deep in...

Slow Down

Every day when our alarms go off, we’re off like horses in a race. We try to beat our previous times by accomplishing even more today than we did yesterday. At the end of the day, we crash into our beds, exhausted from our efforts. And, more often than not, we beat...

Why Did You Leave the Church?

If you’ve stopped going to church, the decision to return can be a challenging one. There are many factors to consider and over the next week or so, I’ll be addressing some of the issue you’ll face during this time. The first step is to remember why you left in the...

FHE Idea: Each Family Member is Unique

With Autumn comes the yearly baring of branches. Now would be a good time to do a but different in their message. Here is the first. We Are Unique Begin your Family Home Evening as you normally do. Song suggestions could be: My Heavenly Father Loves Me (Whenever I...

Strengthening Families: Even if you don’t have children

Recently, I’ve heard many talks and lessons about how to strengthen the family. And invariably, most of what I have heard focuses on what we can do as mothers to strengthen our children. Any discussion is usually on what and how to teach our children certain...

Sharing the Gospel Online

In case you haven't heard yet, LDS Public Affairs now has a YouTube page. At the time of this post there are a total of seven videos featuring Elder M. Russell Ballard addressing seven different questions. Each video is about 1 to 2 minutes long. The seven questions...

After Camelot Falls

I recently had my heart broken. Someone I cared for turned out to not be the person I had hoped they would be. My Camelot fell. While the relationship lasted “there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot.” There was love, excitement, and...

In His Father’s House: The Boyhood of Jesus

In what James Talmage describes as “impressive brevity,” very little is written about young Jesus in scripture. It is understandable that a good parent would strive to protect the privacy of a tender child; it follows that early details of this precious Son were made...

What Is Primary?

I started thinking, especially as our administrator has been encouraging us to do so, that I’ve never really explained exactly what Primary is. Like other churches, we have a specific organization to care for and teach the children of our church. This organization is...

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