Virtue and Integrity

There are few things I feel more compelled to talk about these days than virtue and integrity. We are living in a world that seems devoid of both.   I’m involved as a volunteer for an organization to help people with questions and life’s problems. I answer letters...

A Creation Pattern in 3 Nephi: Life

The creation of Life, continuing on the theme of creation in 3 Nephi—to identify it and apply it to myself. First, the earth cleaved. In that destruction, Matter Organized. Secondly, Firmament Divided. The Holy Ghost taught me that the pattern applied to the Earth and...

Missions: It’s Not Where, It’s How

My eyes scanned the page at a rate that was probably fast enough to rival the speed of light before I finally found it: I would be serving in Denver, Colorado.   I received my mission call on March 28th of 2013. I had several friends over at my BYU –Idaho apartment,...

God’s Love

When the teenaged Nephi, the first Book of Mormon writer whose work we still have, received his first vision, it was in response to his desire to gain a testimony of the vision his father had just seen. While pondering and praying, an angel came to instruct him.   The...

The Symbol of Our Religion

Symbols are all around us. Coins, cards, and cars have them. Backpacking equipment, books, and bikes do, too. Logos, licenses, letters, and lives depict symbols as well.   According to Webster’s dictionary, a symbol is a mark, sign, or word that indicates, signifies,...

Am I Crazy or Suffering from Betrayal Trauma?

What is betrayal trauma? First, let’s look at the definition of betrayal. "Betrayal" is the act of betraying someone or something: violation of a person's trust or confidence, of a moral standard, etc. 2: revelation of something hidden or secret.   Secondly, let’s...

Mini Missions—The Real Story

When my brother served his mission back in the 90’s, the only option for him was a service mission. He has Asperger’s and we worried that a traditional mission could be too much for him. But he was so capable that it broke my heart a little that he only got to serve...

Music Feeds the Soul

A missionary’s primary goal is to:   Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.   Teaching...

Decisions, Decisions

When I was a girl, we had Cheerio’s, eggs or oatmeal for breakfast. That was about it. When we got tired of hard-boiled eggs, we’d try scrambled or fried. Pancakes with bacon were a special treat and were reserved for the weekend when we had more time. Boy, times have...

Self Image: Look Upward, Not Outward

I'm going to let you in on a little (embarrassing) secret: I've never been very happy with the way I look.   I think I always assumed that once I got married, I'd be all confident because I'd finally found someone who thought I was attractive enough to look at for...

Strength in the Struggle

What can I do about the struggle of poverty in the world? I am just one person, and the need is so rampant everywhere.   A quick Google search reveals that nearly half of the world's population — more than 3 billion people — lives on less than $2.50 a day. More than...

Adversity: What Doesn’t Kill Me Will Make Me Strong

Dad used to quote an old saying that went something like this: I felt sorry for myself because I only had one leg, until I met a man with no legs. That’s not an exact quote, but close enough.   While feeling sorry for myself recently, I received a message from a...

What are Social Skills?

I have a confession to make. For years, as the teachers and therapists have been talking about the importance of social skills for my cute little Asperger’s boy, I didn’t understand what they really meant. I thought that social skills meant socializing. Like, chatting...

A Creation Pattern in 3 Nephi: Light

The creation of Light, continuing on the theme of creation in 3 Nephi—to identify it and apply it to myself.   First, the earth cleaved. In that destruction, Matter Organized. Secondly, Firmament Divided. The Holy Ghost taught me that the pattern applied to the Earth...

Doubt Not, Fear Not

And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of...

Christ Knows Our Suffering

I was out enjoying a summer stroll with my husband one evening when my cell phone rang. It was from a friend I knew through church. Her doctor’s appointment that morning had brought devastating news: the 20-week-old fetus she’d been carrying was dead. My friend was...

Goodness of God

When I think on the goodness of God, it reminds me of the word "mercy," and yet in so much more depth than the traditional meaning of mercy.   Just what does "mercy" mean? If we go to most dictionaries, they will tell us traditional definitions of "mercy." The...

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