A Beacon in the Night

A Beacon in the Night

Almost a year ago, I was called as the Young Women’s camp director for our ward. I had worked with the young women as the first counselor in the Young Women’s presidency several years before and was excited to get the opportunity to work with the young women once...

Don’t Miss This

Don’t Miss This

Certain lessons are only learned one way, and that is through difficulty.   None of us expect greater payoffs before we expend effort. We accept that principle and apply it every day when we go to school, save for a rainy day, work to improve our skills, and...

Social Distancing and Dating

Social Distancing and Dating

“I will go; I will do the things the Lord commands! I know the Lord provides a way; He wants me to obey.” This simple childlike faith found in the words of a primary song is probably what led me to try dating again. It had been a while since I had tried the whole...

I Miss Church

I Miss Church

When the Church announced that all meetings would be cancelled for the foreseeable future, I had mixed feelings. First, I was SO grateful that the church had implemented Come Follow Me, and that we would have personal study and worship in our homes no matter what...

Hastily Conceived Thoughts Block Truth

Hastily Conceived Thoughts Block Truth

In her BYU Women's Conference address, Kate Holbrook quoted Simone Weil, a French philosopher of the early 1900s.   All wrong translations, all absurdities in geometry problems, all clumsiness of style, and all faulty connection of ideas in compositions and...

You Can’t Heal the People You Love

You Can’t Heal the People You Love

You can’t heal the people you love. You can’t make choices for them. You can’t rescue them. You can promise they won’t journey alone. You can loan them your map. This trip is theirs. Be gentle with yourself — it’s hard work to be present to the freedom of the Other....

In God’s Hands

In God’s Hands

Fourteen years ago I was expecting my third child. It was my fourth pregnancy, but my third child, as I had lost my first pregnancy to miscarriage. Each pregnancy had brought on its own set of complications, and this one was no different. My baby’s due date was July...

Really Great Cathedrals

Really Great Cathedrals

Do you remember the old days when we gleaned support and comfort from youth conferences and education week? “Old days?” you ask. We still do that, but now technology makes it is so much easier. Others' words can become our own when we devote the necessary effort to...

Receiving Personal Revelation

Receiving Personal Revelation

President Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as other Church leaders have been stressing the importance of increasing our ability to receive personal revelation. While I was already working on that challenge, a...

Tips For Staying Sane

Tips For Staying Sane

It’s been over a month since my family cut off most of our interaction with the outside world, thanks to the Pandemic. And many people complain that they are struggling to stay sane. So I put together some of the ways my family has adapted to keep our sanity, and...

We Hear Him

We Hear Him

“I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me." The words echoed so beautifully from the voices of all in our living room. The Spirit fell upon us as everyone quieted down and reverently prepared to partake of the sacrament. The ordinance itself was rather simple:...

Disappointment to Joy—Spiritual Alchemy

Disappointment to Joy—Spiritual Alchemy

What a beacon of light this general conference was! It seemed that every moment was filled with hope. Indeed, nothing is more hopeful than discussions of God and His love, of Christ and His saving mission, of the Restoration and eternal opportunity. We would do well...

Why Not Me?!

Why Not Me?!

I’ll never forget the phone call that I received on October 1st, 2018. It was a Monday morning and I was busy going about my typical Monday morning routine of washing laundry and cleaning up from a weekend spent at home when my phone rang. The call was from the high...

In Good Hands

In Good Hands

We don’t know any of their names—not one. Yet their story is one of the most-recognized and well-known experiences shared in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Even if we knew their identity, there are too many for us to enumerate.   To me...

Taking the Sacrament at Home

Taking the Sacrament at Home

For the last five weeks, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have remained home from church services. This was decided by our prophet and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and announced on March 12th. There are many elderly who come and just for...

Scriptural Legacy of Separation

Scriptural Legacy of Separation

This is a time of separation.  This separation, however, isn't unique in our histories. Separation stories especially fill our religious history.  From the very beginning, Adam and Eve were separated from God. We have exoduses of the House of Israel from Canaan and...

Agency—The Absence of Micromanagement

Agency—The Absence of Micromanagement

I was watching general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the first weekend in April. As always, I was filled with the love of the Lord. This particular General Conference was different from any we have seen in our lifetime. Because of a...

What I hope doesn’t change after the Lockdown

What I hope doesn’t change after the Lockdown

Welcome to week three of social distancing and lockdown. I know we all wanted to be home more and lamented we didn’t have more time to spend with our family. Now we have it! Are you losing your mind yet? Honestly, I lost my mind the first week, but now it’s getting...

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