I’m Not the Social Media Version of Me

Spoiler alert: life is hard. Sometimes, to be honest, it's pretty terrible.   Now look, don't get me wrong. I realize that I might sound a little silly saying that because I am so lucky and so fortunate in so many ways.   But it’s easy to see someone’s life over...

Every Day is Garbage Day

Today is garbage day. You know—the day designated for gathering up all the refuse in the house and depositing it in the garbage can for pickup. In my neighborhood, like most, this day occurs once-a-week.   As I wheeled the can to the curb for pickup, I noticed that...

Repentance Equals Growth: Learning from Every Mistake

I struggle with having to relearn lessons I should have learned long ago. My Dad always said, “If you’re going to make a mistake, at least make it a new one. Don’t make the same mistake twice.” My grandfather (Pa) used to say, “Even a [donkey] never bumps his head...

Mother’s Day, Full of Mixed Emotions

Mother's Day is coming. Every retailer will tell you all about it. But Mother’s Day isn’t always the glitz and shine of the shops. I’ve seen Mother’s Day from three different perspectives. And I think you will be surprised that Mother’s Day is not always a day women...

What “Bearing Each Other’s Burden” Means to Me

Last week I wondered "Why Do We Think We Have To Go It All Alone?" My friend Roxanne Carlile responded with an interesting comment that flooded my mind with thoughts.   Our society is so interesting. The way we think we need to appear as if we have it all together....

God Space

Life brings trials to each of us. This last year, my much-loved mother-in-law dealt with the trial of cancer and chemotherapy. She is cancer-free now, yet it will still be awhile before she regains her full physical strength. My girlfriend’s husband lost his job,...

Negotiating with the Tooth Fairy

First, I should explain. Mormons celebrate Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s Day and many other holidays depending on national and local traditions. I’ve never met a Mormon family in the United States that didn’t use Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or the Easter...

The Power of Words

Have you heard the story of the First Vision? How did it affect you?   It's amazing the power that the story of the First Vision can have. When you first hear it, your heart either rejoices or your mind clouds over and can't see the possibility of its truth.   For me,...

Editors

I love editors. There, I said it.   Editors make everything look superior. Editors take typical copy and make it outstanding. Editors have great things to say about every story. In a sense, they make everything better.   True, sometimes they have to make tough...

A Case of the Book of Mormon Blahs

This article was originally published on Mormon Hub on November 6, 2016. Minor edits have been made.   People find a way to make time for the things they want to do. Which is probably why I never found much time to read my scriptures.   I’d never really understood the...

Our Choices Affect Generations

(This article was previously published on Abby's blog at Patheos.com.)  I've debated sharing this story. But I think it's an issue for many families, and for much of society. And I think the discussion has to happen. So I'm starting it.  My Grandfather unintentionally...

Why Do We Think We Have to Go It Alone?

While climbing up and down a mountain with some ladies from my ward, I chatted with one about how she saw the world. She mentioned how perplexed she felt that in a community of women, sisters, how often we carry burdens alone. She lamented that in today's society, our...

Six Months Left

Six. Months. Left?!?   Today marks exactly eighteen months since my son entered the Provo, UT Missionary Training Center.   It has been eighteen months since I have hugged my son. Eighteen months since he’s been able to date, chat with friends, or just lay sprawled...

How to Find Gratitude in a World of Hardship

Cicero, the great Roman orator, claimed that gratitude was “not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” (Marcus Tullius Cicero, Pro Plancio, 54 b.c.) With a grateful heart, our minds are free to experience true happiness because we aren’t...

Calling an Audible: Finding Peace in Christ

In all sporting events, there are situations when a last-second decision has to be made. Opponents may change their originally-planned tactics or strategy because in the moment, that line of attack isn’t really going to work out.   It happens.   This occurs frequently...

Raising the Bar: Building Zion

As I begin to write this, it is about 24 hours after the close of the April 2018 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).   In my entire life, I have never experienced a more exciting and jaw-dropping General Conference! I’m just...

Discovering Depression on My Mission

This post was originally published on June 9, 2016 on Amy Keim's personal blog. Minor changes have been made.   "Amy, I love you and I will never be disappointed in you, but I would be disappointed for you."   I will never forget that moment, staring at the computer...

Improving Your Teaching Skills

“Every position in the Church requires an effective teacher.” ~Elder L. Tom Perry   In some callings, such as Primary teacher or Gospel Doctrine teacher, this quote is obvious. As we consider other callings, this teaching component may be a bit more difficult to see....

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