Poetry from Within My Heart: Part 1

Many years ago, someone read my poetry and said, “I love to read poetry! I really wish the poet would share the back story that prompted the various poems… I’d like to know what was happening in their lives at just that moment."   Writing poetry was the furthest...

Rejecting God’s Blessings

It seems like a strange concept, doesn’t it? Let me tell what sparked my thoughts, then I’ll explain how they apply to a disciple’s life.   Last night, I happened across a headline that caught my eye. Maybe you saw it, too. It advertised a 5-year-old piano...

What is Truth?

Facing difficult challenges is hard to do at the time. My children are grown, but I remember the times when my daughters got their braces. That was never easy. They are expensive, painful, and restrictive. They could not eat all the things they wanted to at the time,...

Faith and Obedience

Recently, I quizzed a group of friends about how things are going in their wards (local congregations) at church. Our leaders have made a number of important changes over the last couple of years. As these changes were made, my group of friends had several lively...

Love Is An Action

A few weeks ago my family and I got to speak in our main congregational meeting at church. Our topic was love, a seemingly easy topic, but one with so many facets. My little boy gave a beautiful message about what matters to him. His fascination right now surrounds...

Hold On, the Light Will Come

The rock crabs scuttled around searching for food on their large, jagged home. Their wary eyes kept watch while their legs kept them balanced and secure as they searched for food.     Then BAM! a wave crashed over them, totally immersing them momentarily. As...

A House of Order

There is a set of scriptures within the Doctrine and Covenants that has always given me a bit of trouble. Not because of what they actually say, but because of what my puny brain focuses on and remembers from what they say. See for yourself:   Organize...

Can Prayer Really Tell Me What’s True?

Sometimes people will ask me why I decided to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—a Mormon, as some call us. I explain how I studied the religion and then turned to God in prayer to find out if the Church was true. Often, they respond,...

Crocodiles and Charismatic Friends

I met Roger Anthony, founder of Crocodiles Not Waterlilies™, nearly two decades ago. My brother and I were working together when Roger’s great lessons and principle-based teachings changed everything. Each time I associated with Roger, I walked away a better...

God Loves Your Child

I had the opportunity to have lunch with another autism mom recently. It was awesome! I love how much we learn from each other and how supportive it is to have another woman who knows exactly what life is like at my house. We struggle because we don’t have autism, but...

To Know of God As Did Joseph

175 years ago, a mob murdered two of my greatest heroes. The scene's played over and over in my mind today.   To seal the testimony of this book and the Book of Mormon, we announce the martyrdom of Joseph Smith the Prophet, and Hyrum Smith the Patriarch. They...

Take Hold of Teaching Moments With Children

Teaching moments with a child are precious. The opportunity to have honest, uplifting conversations with them is not as rare as one might think. It all depends on us as parents and teachers being properly aware of when those times occur.   The other day my...

Physician, Heal Thyself

As I reflect on the emotional earthquakes in my life, I am reminded of a prompting I received to help me heal many years ago, long before I understood anything about the abuse my sons were experiencing. I was married in the temple and I had taught seminary for four...

Carrying His Name

In Mark 15, we read the heart-wrenching account of the Savior’s death. Verses 20-22 tell of the trip to Golgotha:   20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.   21 And...

Count the Fish

Wow. I didn’t anticipate this article coming out on my father’s birthday, but this tender mercy is just one more of a myriad of inspiring evidences of the Savior’s love for me.   “The Lord's tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings,...

You Need Not Suffer Alone

Recently, I found out that good friends of ours had been going through something that no one should ever have to go through. My husband and I were shocked that they had been going through this for two whole years without saying a word. There were some people around us...

The Gift In Autism

When I was a kid, I struggled to read. I had no trouble with the beginning or end of a word, but the letters in the middle seemed to get mixed up. The same thing happens with numbers. Periodically they will flip on me and I'll have to redo an equation. But there has...

Unexpected Divine Response to Trial

I sank onto the bed one Sunday morning as I ended a phone call and realized that the help I'd envisioned and prayed for probably wouldn't happen anytime soon. I honestly didn't know how I could go on. I felt smashed in every way and the hope I'd clung to evaporated as...

Filling the Well Within

Filling the well within us is an interesting concept. Some people take it to the extreme; others don't do it all. Like everything else Jesus Christ taught us, balance is critical to being a worthwhile servant of God.   In an interaction with Mary and Martha, the...

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