Running Faster

Running Faster

When I was a child I loved to run down hills. The thrill I got while hurtling at breakneck speed was a joy. And because I was going downhill, I could run faster than I could any other way, because I was basically just trying not to fall while gravity did the work for...

The Gluten Peachable

The Gluten Peachable

This post follows up on Sonja's last post, "Lessons I Learned From Homemade Bread." Read it here.     This was one of the most memorable classes for me. I knew the Spirit was there because I had no idea how to set up the learning experience and follow it...

Blessed Beyond Measure

Blessed Beyond Measure

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve watched as our country has fallen into turmoil because of the COVID-19 outbreak. I’ve seen many families struggle financially because the head of household has been out of work and forced to stay home. I’ve seen some lose their...

Triage of the Soul

Triage of the Soul

Early this morning, we felt a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in northern Utah. Family was texting almost immediately and news stations reported the quake while it was still happening (aftershocks). Emergency radio broadcasts disseminated just minutes later, and as I was...

Just Do Your Best; That’s Success

Just Do Your Best; That’s Success

The last five weeks have been interesting, challenging, fun, and frustrating all at once. One of the things I’ve learned through it all is that I may or may not be able to change the things I want to change, and fix the things that need fixing—but that’s okay. All...

Parenting Epiphany: The Law of Consequences

Parenting Epiphany: The Law of Consequences

Today has been tough. My child hates this pandemic quarantine, and he has been acting out in every way he can. He is defiant, and that means I get to play the worst part of being Mom — giver of consequences. My personality likes to focus on the positives and on the...

Why I’m Not Afraid

Why I’m Not Afraid

I've heard from several people over the last few weeks that it seems like the world is ending. From earthquakes to subway fires to the pandemic that is sweeping through every nation and community, I can certainly understand why people feel panicked. Yet it's made me...

My Deal or No Deal Miracle

My Deal or No Deal Miracle

Have you ever looked back over your life and been awed by the obvious presence of God’s hand in it? My experience on the national game show Deal or No Deal was one of those miraculous events in my life.       In 2005, a good friend of mine called and asked if I...

Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stones

When I was eight years old and in the third grade, our family moved from one small town to an even smaller town just a little over an hour away. Up to that point in my life, I'd always had friends and felt loved. I loved school, I loved life, and I loved who I was! I...

65 Days

65 Days

It wasn’t exactly a last minute decision. Yet while many plan these events months or years in advance, we scheduled our Church history tour only weeks before it commenced. You can read about that delightful opportunity in another article.   The significance of...

Persevering Pestilences

Persevering Pestilences

Walking down the hallway, I could hear the ruckus all around. People seemed panicked again. Had someone at work contracted the coronavirus? (Most conversations as of late had revolved around that topic.) What was everyone gathering to discuss in such animated voices?...

Making Your Quarantine-Imposed Homeschool More Fun

Making Your Quarantine-Imposed Homeschool More Fun

The coronavirus pandemic has changed how the schools in my area are working. They are closed for classes, but every teacher is trying to keep things going online. Parents are staying home with their kids and helping them with their education. This has been a big...

Finding Peace In the Midst of Fear

Finding Peace In the Midst of Fear

My most loved (and most often applied) scripture story is a story about fear—fear of an unknown future, fear of apparent death, all-around fear.   The king of Syria sought to capture Elisha the prophet. During the night, a large, intimidating army encircled the...

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword

Since I’ve been writing columns and blogs, I have come to realize much mightier the written word is than the sword. If you have ever heard the saying “The pen is mightier than the sword," which originated in 1839 from the English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton, it has...

Lessons I Learned From Homemade Bread

Lessons I Learned From Homemade Bread

Everyone’s brains are unique and the gifts and talents with which we are blessed vary widely. I am blessed to be able to facilitate a twice-monthly class in our stake on “life skills for emotional health." We focus on various topics and may spend several classes...

Be Prepared and Ye Shall Not Fear

Be Prepared and Ye Shall Not Fear

We’ve all heard about COVID-19 (more popularly known as “coronavirus”) and the pandemic that it has caused. Some aren’t worried at all, some put on a brave face and hide their fear, and others are sorely afraid for what the future holds. For some, this trial that...

Lessons in Love

Lessons in Love

Some lessons are hard, and that’s okay. Throughout my life, I have seen many people face challenges that seem totally beyond my capacity. Have you ever felt that way? I am sure that you have.   “I have never regretted a prompting to love.” At least that’s the way...

Peace and Calm

Peace and Calm

A lot of people are living in fear right now for a variety of reasons, including coronavirus. I made up my mind a long time ago that I was not going to live my life in fear. Heavenly Father has a plan, and everything will be as it should be in the end. I could waste...

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