Finding the Warmth of the Son in Freezing Stockholm

A couple of years ago, my sisters, parents, and I planned a trip to visit Egypt and the Holy Land. While booking flights from Honolulu to Cairo, I noticed some awesome flights to Germany where I lived as an au pair during 1996-1997. The Meyers said I could visit for a...

King Benjamin’s Formula

I love reading the Book of Mormon. It is a lamp unto my feet and manna to my soul.   Today I started reading again in the Book of Mosiah. Chapter One speaks of King Benjamin, a righteous king who has worked diligently with many prophets to preach and teach the word of...

You Have a Diagnosis—Now What?

The time leading up to my son's autism diagnosis was chaotic. We had been struggling for so long to understand his meltdowns and trying to reach him. It was a gift to know what was wrong. I felt relieved, but stunned. It was a relief because we finally knew what the...

My Words Never Cease

I ask your forgiveness for using this platform to express a personal memory. May I take just a moment to reminisce? My dad was an amazing person. I loved being with him. My days were always better when he was a part of them. Whether we were working or playing or doing...

Why Not Believe in God?

A good friend of mine recently announced his 60th birthday on social media. He posted in a letter format, starting by saying, “I don't like growing older. I understand one can't have a good life without growing older in the process. It is life.”   I suppose anyone...

You Aren’t Alone

I’ve been struggling to know what is best for my son for a while now. As you may know, I had to pull him out of school about a year ago because of severe bullying. Recovery from that trauma is ongoing, but for the most part he is finally back to his old self. I have...

Share Your Gift and Shine Your Light on Your Stage

The glittery neon lights faded to black on the biggest indoor concert stage in Hawaii leaving just enough light to see the performer putting on a knee-length black coat which subdued her glittery black dress.   As she moved to a standing microphone center stage,...

Stop Trying to Find the “Right Person”

It's the same in Every. Single. Movie.   Really, though. Every fairy-tale, every so-called "girl-power" chick flick. They all seem to end in exactly the same way: with the swoon-worthy guy at the end. Minus, you know, Disney's Brave. But that's one's an outlier,...

Why Member Missionary Work?

This post, from Collette Brennan of lifebyletty.com, is an introduction to a soon-to-be ongoing series of articles about member missionary work. We love Collette's writing and thoughts on how to share the gospel, and we know you will too!    Why Do We Share the...

Autism on Vacation—7 Tips to Make Travel Easier

We recently went on vacation to Orlando, Florida and brought the whole family. In the days before the trip, I did everything I could to ensure my high functioning autistic son would be comfortable on our journey. I packed his favorite stuffed animals, blankets, and...

Delivery

No. I do not work for Dominos , nor do I deliver pizza—not even close—but I do want to speak about delivery and how it gets done better than even the pizza-delivery-mega-machine Dominos does it. Now this might reach outside your comfort zone and what you believe is...

Hearing the Prophet

Recently, I was watching wild turkeys on the grounds of the Sacramento Temple. For years, a big flock of turkeys has enjoyed a really good thing there. They have the run of a huge area, and no one bothers them—except maybe the geese.   However, turkeys are not known...

What I’ve Been Learning On My Media Fast

I recently started a 10-day media fast. I was focusing on only watching/listening to media that a 5-year-old would be comfortable with. I cut out all the violence, swearing, and angry politics. I was excited to see what it would do for me and my family. But to be...

What Do You Do With the Moment?

Marie Osmond decided to spend her 59th birthday in concert with her brothers in Honolulu, Hawaii. She called up the Public Affairs representatives for Hawaii and said she'd also love to host a free interfaith concert the night before her public performance.  ...

Heaven and Hell

I was talking to my son the other day, and he surprised me by bringing up Hell. He wanted to know where he was heading and what it would be like. This healthy eight-year-old stunned me by the change in topic, but I tried to roll with it. (Obviously he is going to...

Home Churching

At some point in the next few days, the excitement of conference will wear off and will be replaced with questions — primarily, how are we going to implement the Church’s focus on the home and family as a unified source of gospel learning? As we do this, our minds...

Deception and Social Media

I love social media. In my life, I’ve lived all over the country. Social media helps me keep in touch with many friends from many places. I love to read what they are up to and see their kids growing up. We share laughter and memories online. I find that some of my...

Information Overload: Sharing Our Memories

It seems surreal to consider the wealth of information at our fingertips. I once misplaced a cherished family video that I thought I would be able to keep and share with family and posterity for a lifetime. As tragic as that seemed at the time, I am realizing now that...

Pressure to Be Perfect

“Elisha, I don’t think you’re a bad person. I think you have unrealistic expectations for yourself. You have all these ideas of what you should and shouldn’t be and you don’t allow yourself to make mistakes.”   This was the first time I had met with a therapist. I was...

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