Reading vs. Studying

Reading vs. Studying

I have been reading the Book of Mormon on nearly a daily basis for several years. My husband and I read a chapter together each night. When we get to the end of Moroni, we begin again at 1 Nephi. It is a relief to make that transition from the complete destruction of...

Our Gateway

Our Gateway

“The first shall be last and the last shall be first” — here is a link to what I think is a pretty good explanation of this scripture.   I struggled with the meaning of this verse when I first heard it. In my mind’s eye, I can remember approaching my father when...

Spiritual Gifts and Experiences

Spiritual Gifts and Experiences

Watching my grandchildren grow up has been a wonderfully enlightening experience on many levels. I marvel at the spiritual gifts they have been given. As they discover their own gifts, it is amazing to me how they develop those gifts and learn to use them. One of my...

7 Steps To Increase The Power Of Your Prayers

7 Steps To Increase The Power Of Your Prayers

COVID keeps teaching me new things. Before the temples closed, I was a heavy prayer roll user. I believe in the power of prayer. Anyone in my family who was sick, injured, or struggling was automatically added to the temple prayer roll. I have always seen it as my...

“That Same Spirit” — What Does That Even Mean?

“That Same Spirit” — What Does That Even Mean?

Through the years, I've thought a lot about Amulek's statement that "that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world." If I wake up in the spirit...

Sideswiped

Sideswiped

This year—2020—is a good time to talk about vision, pun intended. If we can’t see clearly during this year of chaos, maybe we need to refocus.   Pandemic, hardship, job loss, economic chaos—many feel they have been sideswiped this year. Could all this devastation...

Through Thorny Ways

Through Thorny Ways

Words to two of my favorite hymns have been on repeat in my mind this week:   Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav’nly Friend Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.   The other, a primary song:   When Christ was on the earth, He promised he would send...

Spirit Series, Chapter 3: Spirits And Our Powerful God

Spirit Series, Chapter 3: Spirits And Our Powerful God

We have discussed seeing spirits and having dreams of deceased loved ones. But I think it's time we also discuss how powerful God is, and how He will support us in dark times. We may have feelings that we may dismiss, but those are often communications from God or...

Repent and Sandblast Your Foundation

Repent and Sandblast Your Foundation

During construction of the Lubbock Texas Temple, the building coordinator told us stories about building details I'd never even considered. He asked if we'd ever signed our names on a concrete floor before it was covered in carpet or on studs before hanging sheetrock....

Go Forward Without Fear

Go Forward Without Fear

“Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever” (Doctrine...

Constant Vigilance

Constant Vigilance

It is said that an elephant never forgets, but an elephant’s memory is nothing compared to the persistence of a squirrel. When it comes to swiping food from a bird feeder, squirrels never give up.    Ever.   When I first hung a feeder in my back yard, I was...

Pandemic Lessons

Pandemic Lessons

As the COVID-19 pandemic looms on, it continues to teach lessons. As frustrated as I have been these last five months, I’ve also been in awe of the pandemic lessons I’ve learned. I’ve been hesitant to write about it all because this is such a hot button topic. Let me...

Spirit Series, Chapter 2: Visiting And Loving You

Spirit Series, Chapter 2: Visiting And Loving You

I started writing this series to help dispel some myths and confusion about spirits. I want you to know that they are often visiting loved ones and supporting us. And this week another misunderstanding cropped up, and I find this is the perfect chance to clarify. When...

See, Hear, and Know — Seize the Opportunity

See, Hear, and Know — Seize the Opportunity

The Lord commanded us to see, hear, and know. Have you taken advantage of that opportunity?   Joseph Smith told Brigham Young to “tell the brethren to keep their hearts open to conviction, so that when the Holy Ghost comes to them, their hearts will be ready to...

Good Things to Come

Good Things to Come

Over and over again, the prophets  in the scriptures remind us to think about and reflect, to remember — and today, I was doing just that. I took some time to remember where I was just one year ago this week.   For any who have been following my story, you might...

Celebrate All Along the Way

Celebrate All Along the Way

This may be the most significant article I ever write. That is my goal.   I fully intend it to be.    Some ask me why I make everything religious. That’s an easy one. Because I am not strong enough to face the challenges of life on my own, when I cannot see...

Trust in Tumultuous Times

Trust in Tumultuous Times

I believe we can all agree that our world right now is a bit crazy. However, one benefit of this is that from unique circumstances comes unique thought and insight. One might argue that Joseph Smith could never have received such eloquent revelation as Doctrine and...

Am I Willing to Change How I Define Myself?

Am I Willing to Change How I Define Myself?

Lead image via Deseret News.   Some of the most shocking images of destruction to me are of the Salt Lake Temple's Annex building demolition. So familiar with those rooms and hallways, the scenes of exposed walls and hanging rebar really jar my senses.   A...

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