What Do You Do With the Moment?

What Do You Do With the Moment?

Marie Osmond decided to spend her 59th birthday in concert with her brothers in Honolulu, Hawaii. She called up the Public Affairs representatives for Hawaii and said she'd also love to host a free interfaith concert the night before her public performance.  ...

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

I was talking to my son the other day, and he surprised me by bringing up Hell. He wanted to know where he was heading and what it would be like. This healthy eight-year-old stunned me by the change in topic, but I tried to roll with it. (Obviously he is going to...

Home Churching

Home Churching

At some point in the next few days, the excitement of conference will wear off and will be replaced with questions — primarily, how are we going to implement the Church’s focus on the home and family as a unified source of gospel learning? As we do this, our minds...

Deception and Social Media

Deception and Social Media

I love social media. But recently I've learned how it can be used to cover up horrible things. In my life, I’ve lived all over the country. And social media helps me keep in touch with many friends from many places. There are many positive things online. I love to...

Information Overload: Sharing Our Memories

Information Overload: Sharing Our Memories

It seems surreal to consider the wealth of information at our fingertips. I once misplaced a cherished family video that I thought I would be able to keep and share with family and posterity for a lifetime. As tragic as that seemed at the time, I am realizing now that...

Pressure to Be Perfect

Pressure to Be Perfect

“Elisha, I don’t think you’re a bad person. I think you have unrealistic expectations for yourself. You have all these ideas of what you should and shouldn’t be and you don’t allow yourself to make mistakes.”   This was the first time I had met with a therapist....

ADD is Like Itchy Socks

ADD is Like Itchy Socks

Last week I had a mole removed from my foot. It was so itchy! I went to bed that night with my wooly socks on to protect the bandage. It was so itchy there was nothing else I could focus on. (I found out later that I had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia.) But...

Recharging Our Spiritual Battery

Recharging Our Spiritual Battery

How do you recharge your spiritual battery? My friend Rachel Makaiwi-Tuiasosopo took the battery metaphor to a profound conclusion. Not only are there times we need a recharge, but there may be varying degrees and ways to do it.   From Rachel: Not long ago, my...

A Marathon Body for Marathon Service

A Marathon Body for Marathon Service

Every year, we are allowed one fundraiser for our Young Women’s organization. It is to raise money to send the teenage girls to a week-long camp. Our congregation or ward typically does a dinner with entertainment provided by the youth, baked-good sales, and silent...

Make Your Own Sensory Room

Make Your Own Sensory Room

Many of you may know that Autism often comes with Sensory Integration issues. At least it does in our house. Because of that, I have learned several tricks that help calm or regulate my son. And today I am going to share my favorites. They are easy to do at home, and...

The Lifeline of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

The Lifeline of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

You know I love words. How could I not? In this profession, the tactful turn of phrase is invigorating and refreshing. Simple prose can be inspiring, motivational, encouraging, and fun all at the same time. But admittedly, there are times when words fall short. Even a...

The Choices We Make Affect Others

The Choices We Make Affect Others

The choices we make affect other people. We sometimes forget that. Whole generations can suffer the consequences of our actions. If we believe otherwise, we are kidding ourselves.   My grandmother was raised in the Church, but she left it all behind when she was...

Making Your Home A Haven: Part 2

Making Your Home A Haven: Part 2

Earlier I talked about the importance of making your home a haven for your special needs child. Sensory disorders can really make the world a challenging place. And having a safe space to come home to really makes the difference. Today I would like to expand on how...

Life’s Climb: Facing Fear and Weakness

Life’s Climb: Facing Fear and Weakness

It wasn't the first time I'd regretted making a promise. I promised to accompany a friend to the Pink Pillbox for sunset on the leeward side of Oahu. I'd done the hike six or so times and while it's not a killer hike for most people, it requires vigorous effort for...

When Your Friend Is MIA

When Your Friend Is MIA

This past Sunday I opened up to a friend at church about the stressful year we have had. It was after several other sisters had asked me if we had moved because they never saw me anymore. The stresses that had seemed so apparent to me had never occurred to these...

Knock and It Shall Be Opened Unto You—The Enos Formula

Knock and It Shall Be Opened Unto You—The Enos Formula

“Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:63).   This is the final article in a series of four. This article addresses...

How to Be A Truly Terrifying Driver OR Commuting 101

How to Be A Truly Terrifying Driver OR Commuting 101

My commute this morning was especially horrific. It got so ridiculous that I decided to take note of the drivers around me, and how they ACTUALLY behave. I figure it’s a great lesson for all of us on how to be a more aggressive and terrifying driver. For most of these...

Living in the Blessing

Living in the Blessing

Why are you a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?   Have you ever been asked that question? If not, you will be. How would you answer that inquiry? Honestly, I would have to say that because my mother and father taught me at a...

The Same God That Gives Us Sunshine Gives Us Rain

The Same God That Gives Us Sunshine Gives Us Rain

Whenever I need inspiration about what to write, what to use in a talk, what advice I can give someone, etc., I always turn to one place — the letters my father sent me on my mission.   My father is a man of few words, but he wrote me faithfully every single week...

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