To Look or To Be- What Were You Made For?

It’s almost summer. For us that means  wonderful, healthy, non-screen, fun things to do as a family.  Maybe it’s the beach. Maybe it’s a pool or a lake. Waterfalls are amazing. I love being in and around water. Now perhaps you’re not thinking of how the water feels on...

Advocate

When my Down syndrome son was born, agency people and programs came rushing at me.  One phrase kept being repeated: “You have to be his advocate”.  “Yea, right!” I thought.  “How can I go to battle for him when I don’t even understand what all these options are that...

My Mormon Experience Learning About Sufi Muslims

“Every word must end in God, every breath must end in Him. Man’s entire life must reach God; that is his true prayer. That is the culmination of the prayer of the Sufi. One who attains the clarity of perfect faith is called a Sufi.” ~M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen   Before...

Barriers

All my life I have had the privilege of coming to a happy  home at the end of the day. I never realized what a tremendous blessing this was and regularly took it for granted.   I don’t take it for granted anymore.   When I packed up my things and left work this...

Teens: Rejoice in Your Mothers

“They did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them” (Alma 57:21).   There are few sights in...

4 Secrets of Content Mothers

I started working when I was 14 years old. Unlike any part or full time job I’ve ever had, motherhood is a completely unique occupation.   Most mothers know that their work is important. Of course it is. It is a basic belief of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day...

Missionary Leadership Skills

Let’s have an honest discussion of what makes a good leader. All of us have experienced poor leadership and all of us have experienced good leadership. Being someone who has been both the follower and the leader, I’d like to offer some insights into what makes a good...

Guess What? Obedience Doesn’t Come First

I discovered something, recently, and I feel somewhat ridiculous that it took me this long to discover this truth. In fact, I would say it's taken me about 25 years to learn this, with the most concentrated schooling in the past decade.   Love comes first.   The end....

Summing Up Marriage

Tudie Rose sums up a year’s worth of marriage advice–and invites you to apply to write the column as she moves on to a new topic.

Armed With Righteousness

I have really never had a hobby per se.   When I was a boy, my brothers and I at times played war. It was innocuous and all in good fun.   Like other youngsters, I suppose, we would simulate battles with harmless sticks and use metal trash can lids as shields. Though...

Discipleship with Precision

When I was a little girl, I used to admire hand blown glass figurines in a department store display case. The intricate designs of glass merry-go-rounds, animals, fish, butterflies, and flowers fascinated me. As I grew a bit older and learned how they were made, my...

The Wedding Dress…

Several years ago, on 1 November 2003, one of my best friends from college married my oldest brother in the Salt Lake Temple. This was such a happy event for me, for temple marriage and families are central to our Father's Plan for us.   "The divine plan of happiness...

Your First Sunday Back From Inactivity

Returning to church after a period of inactivity can be scary. You’re not sure how others will receive you and you’re not sure how you’ll feel. You may still have unresolved issues that bombard your emotions as you walk back through that door.   Your first day back...

I Was A Stranger

I Am a Stranger   Who is a stranger? What constitutes a stranger? My husband was once a stranger. My now dearest friends were once strangers to me.   Our missionary mailed his first missionary journal home to us this last week. As I eagerly read through his...

How to Sustain Motivation

I love starting new goals and projects.  I also can’t stop myself from finishing them when I smell the completion just out of reach.  But that long marathon of a middle drains my energy.  The tedious, repetitive action part tanks my motivation.     I’ve learned that...

Pondering on Choices and Repentance

This article was previously published on Happy Meets Crazy.   Before you start reading, please promise me you'll read all the way to the end and especially read the end! The end is the most important part. In fact, if you'd rather just skip everything and go right to...

Gospel Math

In gospel math A+B doesn't always equal C. Do you believe that? If you have been a member of the Church for any length of time or served a mission, you know what I mean. The blessings of the gospel are apparent everywhere you look. Do you see it?   Let me give you an...

My Mormon Experience at a Sikh Service

Speak truth, work hard, live an honest life, and share earnings with those in need.- From the Sikh Rehat Maryada, the Sikh code of conduct   Walking into the Baisakhi Philadelphia Sikh Society, I am immediately impressed with the stunning beauty of the women. From the...

10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I got Married

You're blissfully happy, having found that special one you want to marry.  He proposes and you say yes. You start planning the wedding.  And the stress begins, and pretty soon you're wondering if all this headache is worth it.  Sound familiar?     It's seriously some...

Throwing Stones and Shooting Arrows at the Wall

Those silly, and obviously wicked, Nephites throwing stones and shooting arrows at Samuel the Lamanite on the city wall.  Why were they so blind and hard hearted?  They knew truth. They'd made covenants recently after the life changing famine. How could they have lost...

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