Love and Appreciation for Mom

This article was written a few days before Mother’s Day. Soon it will be forgotten and discarded, but my joy and happiness and the difference written on my heart because of Mom has eternal consequences.   Today is my mom’s birthday. She is 90 years old. We are...

Baptism Miracles

This article is one in a series of stories about Lauren’s conversion. To read the others, click here.   As I prepared for my baptism, there were a lot of road bumps and a lot of miracles.   In the weeks prior, I had to decide who would baptize me. There was...

“The Father That Sent Me Beareth Witness of Me”

One of the verses in this week's Come Follow Me passages that really stuck out to me was John 8:18.   The Pharisees complained that the record Jesus bore was not true and that He shouldn't be bearing record of Himself. Jesus declares that His testimony is, in...

Fruits, Not Roots

I have been messaged by two people recently who either stopped believing God's prophets, lost faith in the truth of His Church, or just stopped believing in God entirely based on the behavior of past prophets and the more transparent Church history we now know about....

California Poppies: Reaching Toward the Light

In Northern California, we have beautiful orange poppies that grow in the wild everywhere. During my morning walks, I am always amazed to look up and see them spreading like orange wildfire all over the green, lush landscape. A friend of mine once pointed out...

Coming Home

I once heard the quip that a missionary should go on a mission if for no other reason than the homecoming. This sentiment sounds a little trite perhaps, but I can tell you from experience, coming home from a mission is a memorable and moving experience for all...

Knit (Or Crochet!) Together in Love

I was working on a crochet project the other day, and my mind was whirling. The yarn I was working with was multi-colored. When I first picked up the skein of yarn, the end of the strand was separated so you could see the different threads that were carefully wound...

Harmonizing My Home: Marie Kondo Through LDS Eyes

This is the first in a new column series called Living in Harmony where I will explore how to better live in harmony with my fellow man, Mother Earth, my family, and anything that comes my way. Today I’d like to explore living in harmony with our homes, specifically...

Smelling the Eternal Roses

On February 3, 2019, my dear mother passed away after a long battle with various health challenges. Though it was hard to say goodbye, in my heart I know It was a blessing that she could finally go and be relieved of her suffering, and also have the chance to meet and...

Liberty Keepers

Continuing our discussion on liberty, as disciples of Jesus Christ we must become liberty keepers. Our God expects us to live righteously and fight for our rights to keep our country free from bondage. It is unfortunate that those who stand for “equality and rights”...

Tools

I have always wanted to be a handyman around the house. The garage door has issues, a sink in the bathroom drips, a door lock needs to be replaced—all these are relatively simple tasks given a little knowledge and some time. But I couldn’t do any of these things...

This Easter Is Different

Easter is different to me this year. I’ve always marveled at the huge sacrifice the Savior made for all mankind, but today it’s much more personal. His triumph is an inspiration to me to keep fighting.   Sick   I’ve been feeling increasingly tired and sick...

A First-Person, Present Tense Easter

To celebrate the Last Supper, my seminary class and I did a brief Seder meal. As I put the Haggadah together for our class, I fixated on a comment from a Passover Seder Step-by-Step website I perused.   Part of the experience is retelling the story of Israel in...

Christ Took On More Than Our Sins

It’s a heavy concept, the thought of taking upon oneself the sins of every person who ever has, and ever will, live. Even those of us with the most incredible imaginations could never hope to come close to understanding what it was the Savior took upon Himself that...

Easter and the Atonement

This Good Friday, I'm reflecting on several things Easter-related. Firstly, I'm thinking about how I wish "Easter ham" wasn't a thing (I hate ham and always have; I literally have nothing good to say about this cut of meat), and secondly, how grateful I am for my...

The Blessings of Liberty

There is a big elephant sitting in the room—a really big elephant. It sits in the United States of America. The elephant is the United States Constitution and our responsibility to our government, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in...

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