Stay Strong

I woke up on a hot summer morning thinking, “Can I make it through the day?” I don’t do well in the heat, and the forecast for this particular morning was 110⁰F (43⁰C). I logged onto social media to cheer myself up. The first thing I saw was an “invitation” to...

Weekly Family Home Evening

One of the most important things you can do for your family is to hold a weekly Family Home Evening. But for many who are new to the church, this might seem an odd event. Just what is Family Home Evening (FHE, for short)?Family Home Evening is an opportunity for the...

The Fatal Gecko Snare

The gecko bolted to the grass, turned and bolted back to the rocks. I’d gone to the doorway to turn on the sprinklers and his movement caught my attention.   He moved sideways and I could see a yard roach laying perpendicular to the gecko’s body…in the gecko’s...

Dig Down Deeper

We are swamped, overwhelmed, and stretched to our utmost capacity. Many of us simply do not have anything in the tank to give to others.   A couple years ago, I went through a period of severe trial. There were months and months of barely dragging myself to...

Rebar and Concrete

I used to think that God’s grace was like this: I work my hardest, give Him all the pennies I saved and when it wasn’t enough He’d pitch in the other $4 – like when my son wants a new pack of trading cards and doesn’t have enough money to cover the tax.  Then one day...

The Test

The test and my answer   An interesting phenomenon is occurring in my family right now. My children are becoming spouses and parents as they are beginning their post-high school lives. The experience is not surprising or unexpected, but the emotions and memories...

My Best Visiting Teaching Experience

When I was a young mother, the Relief Society was rearranging all of the visiting teaching.  I was assigned a new partner, Belinda, who was older than me and had been divorced and remarried. I didn’t think we’d have anything common. And two of the three sisters that...

This is Life

My life certainly did not play out anywhere near where I thought it would when I graduated college. We all have those hopes and dreams when we are young and starting out in the world as an adult. It's exciting and there is much hope, as it should be but where our...

Collateral Lines in Family History

A collateral line refers to ancestors from whom you don’t directly descend, but that are still in your ancestral family. Such as aunts, cousins or your 5th Great Grandmother’s siblings.   All too often in Family History research, these collateral ancestors are...

Seeing Time

How did He do it? How did the Savior get everything done?   Technically, His ministry was only three years long, yet John affirmed that “there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the...

Dare To Shine

When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either. ~ Leo Burnett   Discouragement is a part of life. We set goals for ourselves and fall short. Somehow the scale never quite gets as low as we wish. Somehow...

Anger is Dangerous

I was terribly shy in high school, always afraid of saying something wrong or making a fool of myself. Only my closest of friends knew how silly and lively I could be (I’d like to add vivacious and dynamic…witty…a snappy dresser…um, where was I? Oh yeah.). Only around...

Persecution and the Mormon Extermination Order

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has four books of scriptures: The Holy Bible (KJT), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine & Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. Today, I'd like to talk about the Doctrine and Covenants. From the title page we read:...

Free Lunch

Awe. Now I have your attention. But really, check this out.   FREE rice bowl, 3 Asian tacos, salad or both mi sandwich with an organic fountain soda for each person that responds. I am serious. Everyone wins. No kidding.   Are you down?   Just answer...

I’m a Pioneer

July 24th is Pioneer Day, when members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) celebrate the arrival of the pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley. It used to be that most members of the Church had pioneer ancestors, but the Church has grown...

The Purpose of Prayer

If we have a problem with a corporation, we place a phone call to their help center. If the help center can’t help us then we speak to their supervisor . . . and then their manager . . . his upper level manager . . . her vice-president . . . her executive vice...

How Can We Expect Righteousness to Prevail?

How can we expect a righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? --Sophie Scholl   During a recent work assignment, Sophie Scholl's story entered my life again. A vocal member of the White...

Life as the Sister of a Missionary

(*Thoughts from our missionary’s sixteen-year-old sister.*)   My brother and I are really close and always have been. We just get each other! I know his raised eyebrow when he's trying to get me riled up and how he gets really, really quiet when he's upset....

Let’s Get Prepared Now!

"Now, brethren, I want to make it clear that I am not prophesying, that I am not predicting years of famine in the future. But I am suggesting that the time has come to get our houses in order....That's all I have to say about it, but I wish to say it with all the...

Making Friends

When I was younger I didn’t find it too hard to make friends. I had a group of close friends who ate lunch together and hung out on Friday nights. And then I had my one or two very best friends.   But there are a lot changes when you get married. And even more...

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