What’s Your Favorite Video?

A question. When was the last Internet video you watched? My guess is you responded today or possibly yesterday. I asked my 88-year-old mother the same question. She said, "Five minutes ago."   The point? Videos are becoming prolific, ubiquitous, and powerful. And the...

Happiness, Choices, and Agency

Happiness is not dependent on the approval of others. It took me a lifetime to learn that. I don’t know why it was hard for me, but for whatever reason, that seemed to be one of the hardest things in my life to learn.   As most children, I wanted my parents to approve...

Thanksgiving and Christmas Unite!

Motherhood has been kicking my butt lately.  I wanted this 'job' of mothering so badly that I worked for years to get here.  And now I need sleep.  I used to think that my parents were going gray because they were getting old.  But I really think it has something to...

The Disciple Who Challenged Us to Be Disciples

In 1993, while serving in the Scotland Edinburgh Mission Office, I met Sister Mary Hales. She and her husband Robert D. Hales, Presiding Bishop of the Church at the time, were visiting an eastern bloc country when Bishop Hales experienced heart trauma and flew to...

Change Is a Good Thing

Missions are all about change. The initial change of leaving home, family, and friends. The changes to lifestyle. The changes to … well, just about everything from how you dress to how you interact with others!   In addition to these initial changes, there are changes...

Puppy Dog Restoration

My twentieth wedding anniversary is still a few years away.  However, to me, it seems that marriage is a lot about arm-twisting. You twist each other’s arms into certain decisions for good and for “not-so-good” throughout your marriage.  And you learn just how far to...

Be Kind, Pray and Work at Being Happy

That’s it!  I just had an epiphany! In thinking and writing and thinking some more, the above title became my mantra in my quest for a happy, married relationship.  The statistics are ugly. Over half the marriages end in divorce and that includes all Christian sects...

Finding Strength During Heartbreak

-By Kennedy Rohwer   John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”   How amazing is that scripture to think about? That it doesn’t matter what...

Myth of the Soul Mate- Part 3- Changing our Thinking

A friend asked, after reading Part 1 of this series, if Part 2 would discuss how people can get over the idea of a soul mate. It wasn't --Part 2 was about how the myth of the soul mate could kill marriages. So, I decided to write Part 3 and Part 4! Part 3 will deal...

Mental Illness After Death

My grandmother was mentally ill. Nobody knew exactly what was wrong with her, just that she was very strange. Back then people didn't talk about mental illness.   Recently my aunts have discussed Grandma, and they think she had schizophrenia. But there was never a...

Secrets of Mormon Temples

I have always been inspired by LDS (Mormon) Temples. They are magnificent and stately and made so beautifully. My uncle told me once about how they build temples. While most residential houses are built with walls that aren't totally straight or tiles that have uneven...

Stay in the Game

And, behold, it is because that you did not continue as you commenced … that I have taken away this privilege from you. Doctrine and Covenants 9:5   Our youngest daughter loves soccer. This is her second season and her teammates are all older than she is, with a few...

The Bottom Line

A company recently sent me (their user) a short survey, with one question that I will paraphrase, “Do you think our company cares about you personally?”  Hmm, do I think any company or its leadership cares about me?  That’s like asking me if I believe in Capitalism?...

Boundaries in Marriage

As a family, we love playing games. We have a whole closet full and love to play with whoever comes to visit. We even take them on the road to play with other families. Games require rules or boundaries to be played without argument. When a rule is broken or someone...

General Conference

This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year.   Mornings are cool, days are pleasant, and energy fills the air. Football is a big deal in my home, and it becomes an important family activity that brings us together often during this time of year. As my...

Stretching for the Savior’s Power

My Dad loved rubber bands, and he used them for everything. He was the most eccentric person I’ve ever known, and I used to love observing his habits. He was a very organized person. Today we would call him OCD, but I’m pretty sure Dad wouldn’t have ever heard that...

If I Honor Your Agency, I Believe You Can Fix It

I’ve taken a few gigantic leaps forward in understanding and honoring agency. Heavenly Father is really cool. Philosopher Immanuel Kant grappled with great moral dilemmas and my boiled down version of his treatises is to “think from the standpoint of everyone else.”...

The Warriors Behind the Warrior

Sometimes, for no apparent reason, I just miss my son. It will be hard to breathe and my heart literally aches with the heaviness of wanting to wrap my arms around him. Most days, I am used to this new normalcy. Yet, sometimes I gasp tears of sorrow, desperate to hug...

How One Woman Fought Her Addiction & Saved Her Marriage

“I have a beautiful family that I never would have had without sobriety.” - Jeff, Recovery Warrior   When people fall victim to addiction, it’s not just them who suffers — those they love, especially their romantic partners, are deeply affected as well. But there is...

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