Being Tested: Purpose and the Way

Here's to being tested! Sometimes I've found myself running laps on particular life lessons. I think I've learned the lesson, yet later find myself in the middle of what seems to be the same lesson, different trial. Other times, I feel like I've learned the lesson,...

All the — Things!

This article is a follow-up to "The Small Things Are Not Small."   This article contains a list of things I'm thankful for not because of something that was taken from me, but because I have them at all. I was going to title it "All the Small Things," but I...

Reaching For Your Spiritual High

General conference is a special time for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a time when we get to listen and be taught by the prophet of God, President Russell M. Nelson, and by other leaders of the Church. General conference is held in...

Finding Peace

My third decision (you can read about decisions one and two by clicking on their respective links) comes right around the same time as my decision to embrace motherhood. After I decided to go “all in,” I was presented with an opportunity to pursue something I felt...

Autism Gives You Superpowers

I've been on an adventure in autismland for six months now. Well, seven years, really. But the last six months, we have (finally!) known what path we've been traveling. And I have to say I've learned some surprising things. Did you know that high-functioning autism...

Transforming Themselves to Be Apostles

In much of the northern hemisphere, September begins a season where many transformations occur. Leaves change colors and fall from the trees. Many plants and flowers lose their vibrant leaves and petals and become dormant. The morning chatter of birds gives way to...

Did My Mission Even Matter?

"Did My Mission Even Matter" first appeared on Third Hour.   I can't even count the number of times I've wondered if my missionary service was worthwhile. Firstly, because I can't count very high (math is my nemesis now and forever) and secondly, because I...

Poetry from Within My Heart: Part 2

Read the first part here.   Let me share a personal experience that helped me better understand the verse in Malachi 4:6. It reads:    “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come...

Earning vs. Qualifying

There are many ideas in the gospel that are easy to misunderstand if not approached with Christ's Atonement in context. I was recently reminded of one of those principles. Ever since the Lord helped me understand the difference between earning and qualifying for...

Triumph in Christ

As soon as it happened, I knew it was going to be painful. We had erected the Christmas tree and were just finishing stringing the lights. We have had the twelve-foot tree for umpteen years now and used a ladder to decorate the tree with luminaries. I was moving the...

The Doctrine Behind the Story

A while back, I had an interesting discussion with friends about using stories to teach doctrine, and I wrote about that discussion here. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, taught in parables, or stories. Many of the General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

Eternal Marriage

Two days ago my husband and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. We commented to each other about how celebrating seven years of marriage made us feel so old — that and three children! But we were excited to celebrate one more year of being together. After my...

Would You Call Shotgun on the Ship You Built?

Was picking your seat in the car for a road trip as a kid important in your family? It definitely was in mine.   With the advent of minivans and car seats, jockeying for seats has minimized. However, I experienced the wonderfully reckless times of no seat belt...

To Take Upon The Name Of Christ

As I was sitting in the temple, the other night, I saw a copy of The Book of Mormon on the table next to me. I picked it up and randomly began to read. I had opened to the book of Alma. Captain Moroni had just torn his coat and written upon it the famous Title of...

O Lord, I Beseech Thee

"O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant." (Nehemiah 1:11)   How many times have we felt as the faithful Old Testament nobleman Nehemiah and found ourselves on our knees "beseeching" the Lord in prayer? The word...

United in Christ

Today, one of the difficulties we all have in common is facing challenges with hope and faith—but it is not a new sentiment. People from all ages have dealt with such obstacles. We can learn from them.   There is no question that trials today come in every shape...

The Story of Moses: Strengthened By the Lord

I love to read stories of prophets called of God and to watch them overcome their natural inadequacies and grow into men whom the Lord can truly work through. One of these prophets is Moses, and part of his story can be found in the book of Exodus.   Raised by...

The Small Things Are Not Small

For us adults out there, as we grew up, I'm sure we all heard our parents tell us to be grateful for the small stuff in some way or another. It's something we all know we should do, because, as the lyrics to Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" say, "You don't know what...

Am I Plugged Into the Source?

After my morning routine, I grabbed my phone off the charger ready to dive into the day. Soon, I saw the red low battery warning flashing.   Huh? How could that be? I knew I'd just unplugged the phone.   I walked back into the bedroom to inspect and also to...

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