Families Belong Together—My Thoughts On Immigration

I've tried to write about several different subjects, but the topic that keeps coming back to me is family. Families are forever. And families are the basic unit in God's plan for His children to come to Earth, to learn and grow. But with the current US Immigration...

The Sacrament – What Can Its Etymology Teach You?

What is the sacrament?  We partake of it every week, but why?   In my quest to further my sacramental understanding, I decided to study the sacrament's components. And I started by looking at the word itself.   Origin: From Latin:  sacer (sacred)  to sacrare (to...

How Do We Receive Personal Revelation?

*All quotes from this article come from President Nelson's April 2018 Conference address, "Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives." For the full transcript, click here.   In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding,...

Friend First, Missionary Second

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we promise to stand as His witness in all times and places, to carry His name as our standard for all to see. Sometimes this is a simple matter of living up to our beliefs on a daily basis and being examples of His ways among our...

Understanding Your Friend with a Chronic Illness

You’re flaky. You just want attention. It’s all in your head. You just need to tough it out.   I’ve heard every single one of these things…. But I think if anyone could see the countless hours I’ve spent crying, praying, and lying in bed because even walking around is...

Graduation Day

School is hard. Difficult subjects, challenging academia, and examinations or pop quizzes that beset even the best of us. Nobody just breezes through all this, and that is intentional. Getting an education is just plain tough. For me, it really helps having advocates...

Respect

My parents taught me that you can learn something from everyone you meet, and to be respectful of others. They taught me to be kind to others. Respect is a gift to be given freely and generously. We show respect by our actions, but also by our words, and tone of...

Be A Living Testimony

I was overwhelmed by the size of the city, and the number of people. I was often scared. But I tried to put on a brave face because I had been taught to “bloom where you are planted.” And I knew God had a work for us in this new place.

Flipping the Atonement Switch

How do you apply the Atonement of Jesus Christ in your life?  When is the last time you did apply it?   I hope all of you answered today or the last time you partook of the Sacrament.   I’ve been thinking a lot about being connected to the Savior’s Atonement, but not...

Anxiety Versus Anxiously Engaged

Almost 40 million American adults will experience anxiety at some point in their lives.   My helpful iPhone gave the definition for anxiety in two parts:   Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. A strong desire...

Ashley’s Dating Quest: A Different Lesson

Coming out of a dead sleep to feelings of tension, stress, and overwhelming concern is a reason to contemplate what’s really bothering you. Sometimes the lesson we think we are supposed to learn turns out to be completely different than we expected!

Words Will Definitely Hurt You

This post was originally published on Mormon Hub on December 19, 2016. Minor changes have been made.   “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”   Okay, listen up: I have some major beefs with this phrase.   Who exactly made up that “sticks...

Safe Hands

This time of year, we are preparing for the harvest. I know it sounds strange to discuss the harvest in the spring, but we must think about and plan now in order to have delicious fruits and vegetable in the fall.   Mom’s pickles were the best. She would choose...

Who is the Holy Ghost?

My friend Tracey shared some thoughts about the Holy Ghost, His role, and influence in our lives that I wanted to share.   Her thoughts were based on President Henry B. Eyring's “His Spirit to Be with You” and Elder Larry Y. Wilson “Take the Holy Spirit as Your...

Father’s Day

I think the Fathers have it right. There are very few fathers that spend Father’s Day lamenting not being better fathers. They don’t beat themselves up for every small mistake, like many mothers do. Most men have an easier time sitting back and enjoying some family...

Loaves and Fishes

GOAL: To focus on living the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) for one year. In Matthew, chapter 15, Christ is teaching a group of four thousand men, and an unknown number of additional women and children. These followers had been listening to Christ teach...

Is God Still in Our Lives?

This article was originally published with LDS Blogs in 2008 by our beloved, and since departed, former editor, Terrie Lynn Bittner. We are still being blessed by your light and testimony, Terrie, and we are forever grateful for you.   There are many people who don’t...

Preposterous

Ludicrous. Absurd. Ridiculous. Outlandish, unreasonable, and irrational.   And I'm just getting started.   Maybe you have heard these terms echoed by those who do not share your religious beliefs. If so, you’re not alone. Church history and the Book of Mormon are...

Be on the Offensive Against Satan

In February, my husband and I attended an extraordinary stake conference. The Spirit was incredibly strong in both sessions. I’ve been thinking about it off and on ever since, so it obviously made an impression on me. I don’t have exact quotes, but I did take notes....

Draw Near Unto Me

This article was previously published by the author in August 2017.   In D&C 88:63 the Lord extends four invitations coupled with four amazing promises. He invites us to draw near to Him, to seek Him diligently, to ask, and to knock. In return for our faithful...

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