The Bioluminescent Parable: An Otherworldly Glow

The Bioluminescent Parable: An Otherworldly Glow

This weekend I was able to cross something amazing off of my bucket list. In Southern California this time of year, there can be seen occasional occurrences of bioluminescent waves that occur due to the microscopic phytoplankton that, when put in motion, create a...

Investments in Time

Investments in Time

This thing all things devours: Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays king, ruins town, And beats high mountain down.   What is it?   For those of you who know Tolkein’s story The Hobbit, you’d recognize...

God Is Not Dead, nor Doth He Sleep

God Is Not Dead, nor Doth He Sleep

The other day I woke up at 2:45 and couldn't sleep. So, I got up and left my room so I wouldn't disturb my wife.   I turned my phone on and checked my LinkedIn app and came across a beautiful post shared by my wonderful friend Lorena Acosta. Her post carried such...

I Was a Stranger

I Was a Stranger

The news was like a punch in the gut. For a moment, I could not breathe.   How could everything I cherish—everything I stand for—be marginalized, questioned, demeaned, overlooked, and disregarded? Those old familiar pains one feels in high school returned: “I’m...

Hosanna

Hosanna

Standing in my living room all by myself, I rose my hand in the air to shout Hosanna. It was a very uplifting and inspiring moment in my life. Though I was standing alone, I felt completely unified with the entire church. A quiet calm filled the room and my spirits...

Chocolate Cake vs. Pig Slop

Chocolate Cake vs. Pig Slop

My therapist is an actual angel.    I mean it. Like, step aside, Mother Teresa and Mr. Rogers — Charlotte’s* here. (*Name changed.)   As I wrote about back in February, I’ve been going through some traumatic events the last few months, so finding a good...

Shifting from Our Truth to Real Truth

Shifting from Our Truth to Real Truth

After driving the same route to seminary for months, I started noticing a specific charcoal-gray, lifted Toyota Tundra. It had red shocks and a hitch insert that caught my eye. That hitch insert became the truck's identifying characteristic to me.   It took me...

Fight for Your Children

Fight for Your Children

Motherhood is not a popularity contest. Sometimes it is just plain hard. I'm sort of a "win at all costs, take no prisoners" type of mom.  What I mean by that is I don't care if you like me, my job is to be Mom.  That is one of God's ultimate callings for me in life,...

How a Caterpillar Becomes a Butterfly

How a Caterpillar Becomes a Butterfly

“Tell me, sir, what is a butterfly?”   “It’s what you are meant to become. It flies with beautiful wings and joins the earth to heaven. It drinks only nectar from the flowers and carries the seeds of love from one flower to another. Without butterflies, the world...

Small Stuff?

Small Stuff?

Of course you have heard the comment “Don’t sweat the small stuff” before.   I am trying to apply that exhortation, but it is hard.   COVID-19 has affected millions. At this point, thousands are infected and the pandemic is causing death and suffering...

Sacrifice

Sacrifice

People watching has always been a passion of mine. Human behavior is always interesting. Good powers of observation allow one to see how humans react in certain situations. For instance, it has been interesting to watch how people have reacted to the recent pandemic....

Why We Have The Veil

Why We Have The Veil

Have you ever wondered why we have a veil of forgetting placed over our minds when we come to earth? I have a few new ideas to present to you. But first I have to start with a story.   When I was growing up, my family moved around a lot. We followed my dad’s job...

Women, He Is In Our Midst!

Women, He Is In Our Midst!

It's Mother's Day.  Mother's Day evokes such diverse reaction from women I know.  As I considered the women I know, I imagined them in their homes, doing the things women do.  I wondered how the Lord views our homes and families.  Does He maintain a birdseye view? ...

Tender Mercies

Tender Mercies

I’ve had a bird feeder in my yard for years. I like seeing birds flock to it and listening to their happy chirping as they peck through the black oil sunflower seeds. But honestly, I never paid close attention to what kinds of birds visited. I paid just enough to...

Actively Waiting

Actively Waiting

I want to discuss a 4-letter word today. It is a word that we are all too familiar with during this time of our lives. It is a word with great power but also much anxiety. The word is…   WAIT.   See what I mean? It contains much power, but also much...

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...

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