Forgiveness and Offense

I recently remembered a little song the children sing in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about forgiveness and offense:   Help me, dear Father, to freely forgive All who may seem unkind to me.   Help me each day, Father, I pray; Help me live...

Covered

Okay. Before we begin the topic of this article, there is a little housekeeping that needs to be covered. I am not talking about anything you or I have or haven’t done. I am referring to a piece of understanding that we need to ensure is clear in our minds. To...

Christmas Is More Than the Birth

This Christmas season, as I’ve reflected on the Savior, I’ve contemplated His effect on my life. I’ve always loved Christmas. Even as a little child, I was totally immersed in the wonder of that special birth. I may not have been able to comprehend the importance of...

My Christmas Psalm

I look over the vastness of the dark sea Only a few stars glitter in the great beyond I feel the small glimmering lights call to me Encouraging me to stretch beyond the dark vastness of the waters to something more familiar, to the place I know My nighttime wanderings...

My Health Journey: Getting Help

Read the last installment in Ashley's health journey here.   Have you ever felt like you need a rest from resting? For a week or so, I laid around watching tv, reading, and paying far too close attention to the ceiling tiles. My roommate was uncomfortable with me...

I Can

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say that I'm not enough Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up Am I more than the sum of every high and every low Remind me once again just who I am because I need to know You say I am loved when I can't feel a...

Family History for Christmas

In a previous post, I talked about preserving old photographs. Photographs are, of course, not the only things we can or should preserve when it comes to family history — and while an original of something is always better, that doesn't mean we shouldn't make copies...

Brothers Can Be Angels, Too

Malia Bond shared a tender and profound story of saving and loss that I wanted to share with everyone. Especially at Christmastime when so many suffer loss and grief, her story reminded me of the angels nearby ready to help and save.   Malia Bond's Story   I...

Singles, Take Your Business Card to the Temple! Pt 1

Author's note: Just one week before our 25th wedding anniversary, this post is a tribute to my sweet husband and the events that brought us together. I've learned that when you want a miracle in your life, you need to shop at the right store!     My first...

How the Gospel Changes Lives

I am going to try really hard to communicate a particular sentiment to you. I’m not exactly sure where this article is going at this point. That’s okay. That is usually the way the best kind is created.   We had an amazing sacrament meeting today. It was one of...

Time and Making Memories

We had the opportunity on Saturday to watch two of our grandchildren for about 12 hours. Our granddaughter is 4 years old, and our grandson is 2 years old. It was time to make some memories.   We made rice krispie marshmallow treats with added crushed candy...

Record Your Blessings

Today I got a new church calling (a volunteer opportunity or "job" assigned to members of the congregation). I am now the ward (congregation) choir director. I’m excited about it! Everyone who gets a calling gets set apart, or given a priesthood blessing that gives...

Prince of Peace with Power to Divide

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.   One of my favorite thing about reading...

More Holiness Give Me

One of my favorite hymns in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' current hymnal is a song written and composed by Phillip Paul Bliss entitled "More Holiness Give Me."   1. More holiness give me, More strivings within, More patience in suff’ring, More...

My Health Journey: Jeremiah Was a Good Friend of Mine

Read part two here.   During my five-day stay in the hospital, I am confident that I met with every single kind of doctor possible. Some of those doctors made a lasting impression. Some I wish I could forget forever and others I will count in my blessings for...

Jesus Christ the Savior, Part 2: Sharing the Gospel

Editor's Note: Like a few other articles in Walter’s “Arise and Be Men” column, this article was written by someone other than Walter—a fellow gospel brother. (Select articles feature different males whom Walter loves and respects.) As with all of Walter’s “guest...

Human Connection

On multiple occasions on my podcast, I believe, and in other conversations, I have mentioned an idea described by Johann Hari in his Ted talk about addiction: the opposite of addiction is not sobriety — it's connection. If you want to hear his explanation of that, you...

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